Disclaimer: This is a work of fiction and does not symbolize or encourage the forming of any plan similar to actions carried out by any characters present in the story. That being said, wouldn’t it be great if the solution were that simple?
Pupa was a fairly average 19 year old citizen of Atro City. Her parents were well off and she never went without. Pupa enjoyed barbecues, spending time with her friends, and going to the shooting range. Pupa was an excellent shooter. Pupa got her first gun when she was only 6, a pink 22 rifle. Shooting was still a rush for her. It made her feel powerful. But Pupa had no reason to need something to empower her. She was wealthy, attractive, and white. The world around her seemed to bow to her every wish. Her mother and father provided everything she could ever want or need.
Pupa felt rather untouchable until the day of the bombing. The walls of her classroom rattled as the explosion tore apart the other side of her school. Media sensationalized the event, making instant celebrities out of the younger children responsible for the bomb. The children were from Atro City’s sister city, Auda City. Pupa had spent some time there in the summers when she was younger. Their summer camp had a waterside. And, of course, Pupa’s parents wanted her to have whatever she wanted.
Everyone looked for someone to blame. Was it violence on TV or bad parenting? Was it bullying or their music? Groups of people took to the streets in protests that began peaceful enough, demanding the government do something to prevent something like this from happening again. Meanwhile, Pupa’s parents fought regularly. This was unlike them, but Pupa knew they were just scared. Everyone was just scared.
After months of chaos, Drumpf began gaining popularity. He told the people of Atro City that the true threats were outside, that we should not fear those like us, but should fear those different from us. The people of Atro City liked this because they were no longer the accused. The villains laid outside the walls of the city. Walls? There were no walls. but Drumpf could build them. And a dome over the city so no villain could climb over. They could take all of the outsiders and push them out. Anything different was to be feared. This gave Atro City’s people solace as they were not different. They were like Drumpf.
For the first time in Pupa’s life, she felt different. Although the bomb threatened her life in a very real way, Pupa did not see how banning all outsiders added up to a rational response. And surely not all citizens of Auda City posed a threat. Media constantly streamed speeches given by Drumpf. Pupa watched in awe as citizens of Atro City took their cue from Drumpf, resorting to violence, not only against citizens of Auda City, but anyone different. Citizens of Auda City protested, citing the peaceful history between Auda City and Atro City. Rioting began in the streets of Atro Cty. Fires consumed entire neighborhoods. Drumpf obtained a near godly status in the eyes of his followers. Rumors that he needed not sleep or eat filled the media. Drumpf even bragged that he only slept four hours each night, that that was all he needed. Pupa’s parents yelled in the room nearby as she grabbed her pack off the kitchen counter.
Drumpf began forming a militia. If the governing entity wouldn’t do anything about the threat of Auda City, they would. Screaming angrily over a crowd of citizens of Atro City, Drumpf insisted they gather their weapons and… Drumpf fell back on the stage. The crowd stared at Pupa atop the building across the street as she slowly lowered her rifle to the ground. “She’s got a gun!”, one man shouted, and the crowd dispersed with an urgency. Pupa sat with her back against the wall with lined the edge of this building and snacked on a sleeve of crackers as angry followers of Drumpf banged against the door she had reinforced with several benches.
The next morning, Drumpf appeared live on TV. Pupa watched the TV in the bar across the alley from her post atop the building. He apologized to the citizens of Atro city and the citizens of Auda City, explaining he was just overworked and felt much better after his 12 hours of sleep. Drumpf explained there was no reason to be afraid and that he could see how the acts of two misguided children did not merit a war. Pupa loaded her tranquilizer gun into her pack and began disassembling the blockade of benches.