I want to undo anything that shoots. 

Gunpowder. TNT. Guns. Nuclear power. Anything that makes guns, modern weapons, and modern warfare possible. No landmines, howitzers, or automatic weapons.

I’m okay with  knives, swords, maces, bludgeons, ropes, and other weapons of personal, intimate destruction. I want to eliminate everything that blows up, shoots, explodes, or kills from a distance — or en mass.


If you want to kill someone, you’ll have to do it face-to-face. Up close and personal. If you want to kill someone, stand up and fight. Beat him up. Have a knife fight. Gore is fine, but the blood will spray on you, too.

blood evidence

You can’t kill anyone from a distance. You can’t site your target with a sniper rifle from a rooftop. No sniper rifles exist. Not even a pistol.

Since I have this power to undo what has been done  — and I’m sure there’s time travel involved here — if you try to work around this, I’ll take away your bows-and-arrows too.

Behave yourselves and don’t run with scissors. It’s okay to stab your neighbor with a pair or beat his or her head in with a bat because hey, we’re human. Killing are us.

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. I am retired and delighted to be so. May I live long and write frequently.

20 thoughts on “UNDOING IT”

  1. I get a guilty conscience if I tread on an insect by mistake. We had a human animal in Switzerland this week that injured six people with an axe, a 17 year old.


        1. No, it doesn’t. But at least if we made it less easy and especially, less easy to do it in batches.

          There has been so much carnage in recent years. I think if they didn’t get to do it from a rooftop 1000 yards away and had to get down, dirty, and personal … there might be less. Maybe I’m wrong but I’d like to think it would at least slow the bastards down.


          1. It is a discussion I have had myself. The ability to kill without looking your opponent in the eye… even from a nice, safe bunker hundreds of miles away… has changed the nature of warfare and, perhaps, conscience.
            I cannot help but be reminded that Hitler used the same techniques of dehumanisation during the Holocaust…


    1. I feel guilty for eating meat. I once spent a considerable amount of time wondering if I could kill someone even if they were trying to kill ME. I still don’t know. I have a feeling I would probably not do it. I think it’s not in me.

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