March 2005 / Volume VI / Issue II
James Babbs
Before The Shootings

years before there were school shootings
Steve took me to the school parking lot
and showed me the gun he kept
under the seat of his truck
let me hold it in my hand
it was heavier than I expected
Steve said it was a three fifty-seven magnum
capable of blowing a hole the size of
a nickel through an engine block
I gave it back to him
and never considered him a threat
he put the gun back under the seat
and we went back inside