Welcome to Florida

This post is written for Friday Fictioneers.

Enjoy your retirement. Those were his thoughts driving to his new “number one rated” over 55 community. After twenty-eight years working in a big city he looked forward to a little peace and comfort.

Turning on the car radio he heard the announcer matter of fact deliver the “breaking news” (wasn’t everything nowadays breaking news?)…”a gunman opened fire on students and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, killing 17 people and injuring 17 others.” Looking up he noticed the highway sign said “Welcome to Florida”.

18 thoughts on “Welcome to Florida

  1. Shweta Suresh June 20, 2021 / 8:27 am

    That’s a sad tale but unfortunately, its’s a reality for many too. Many lives have been lost to gun violence!

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  2. Na'ama Yehuda June 14, 2021 / 9:20 pm

    The terrible truth of it. The impossible reality of it. The lives cut short by it. 😦

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  3. GHLearner June 13, 2021 / 5:28 am

    Good, sad story. This is the #1 reason why I don’t even want to visit the US any more. This gun obsession even seems to have otherwise reasonable people in ints grasp.

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    • Danny James June 12, 2021 / 3:07 pm

      Looks like we rank number 2 but I bet if you factor population size per shooting I bet we come out #1. It’s one category you don’t want to be number 1.

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  4. msjadeli June 12, 2021 / 1:45 pm

    Danny, this has the ring of a true story to it. FL has nice weather but its batshit crazy to sane ratio is WAY off. You might consider relocation to GA, MS, or NC.

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  5. Brenda's Thoughts June 11, 2021 / 10:01 pm

    He was looking for some peace. Very sad for him, and a reminder for the reader of the all too often horrible reality of the random gun violence in the US. Heavy sigh. Very well written, Danny.

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    • Danny James June 11, 2021 / 10:09 pm

      Many thanks for the nice comment. You never know when you are going to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Live every day as if is your last.

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  6. elmowrites June 11, 2021 / 2:58 pm

    There are lots of good reasons for us to move to the USA, but school shootings are literally the top of my reasons not to. I know other countries aren’t immune, but they do seem to have more than their fair share. Welcome to Florida.

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    • Danny James June 11, 2021 / 4:34 pm

      My state (FL) is gun crazy. Too many people I know carry guns. Most of them would be like Daffy Duck if they were faced with a criminal. Bring more guns to a fight will never result in a positive outcome.


  7. Dale June 11, 2021 / 10:14 am

    I had to look up where this school was though I already had the sinking feeling it wsa in Florida. And honestly, I don’t think it matters where he goes for his retirement, there seems to be a shooing every day in all sorts of places. Such a sad state of affairs that is incomprehensible to me.
    Well-written, Danny!

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