Dr. Najmo was at her lab working with her assistant Taina, testing the gun. They had been working on the gun for three years now.
“Do you think it's going to work?” Taina asked doubtfully.
Dr. Najmo didn’t reply to her, because she was watching the TV and saw news about gun violence. This reminded her of a past memory, of when she was five years old and saw gun violence on the TV for the first time. This was why she was making this gun. On the TV she saw corpses of students who died during gun violence attacks, and the family members of the dead students crying and yelling at police officers. They were killed by a man who shot and killed for fun. It was horrible news, so she shut off the TV.
In 2050, Dr. Najmo looked out on the street and saw that everyone was carrying a gun as an accessory. There was a lot of gun violence and death. The government wanted to ban the guns, but the second amendment would not allow that. Since the government couldn’t solve this problem, Dr. Najmo and her assistant Taina had ideas that would stop people from doing bad things. They had to make a technology that could know when you are doing bad or good stuff. It had to be something that connects to your brain. Since Dr. Najmo had a PHD in neuroscience, she knew it was possible to make this new technology. The new gun had a chip that went
into your brain, or into the person’s brain who wanted to have a gun. The chip helped the gun know what was going to happen with it. It will not allow you to kill any human, and the people who want this gun can use it only for hunting or for a gun collection, keeping the guns at home like trophies.
“I want to ask you a question and you have to answer,” Taina expressed.
“Okay, what is it?” Dr. Najmo said, wondering what she was going to ask.
“Do you think is going to work this time?” Taina asked. She breathed.
“Again with that question,” Dr. Najmo added.
“Just answer the question!” Taina urged.
“Of course it is going to work this this time,” Dr. Najmo assured her.
"We don’t even know how to put it together or make it work.”
“We have been doing this for three years, and nothing works,” Taina said doubtingly.
“Have patience, Taina,” Dr. Najmo pushed.
“If it does not work this time, I'm going to quit. I don’t want to waste my time for something that is not going to work,” Taina warned.
“Taina, it takes time and patience to be successful. We should not give up now when we are getting it right. We should try one more time before we make a decision, to see if is going to work. If it doesn't, we will stop the project,” Dr. Najmo said, convincing her.
“Okay,” Taina said.
Dr. Najmo started putting the gun together. She connected the gun and the chip together using tongs. She felt relieved now that her gun was ready to change the society for the better.
After she put together the gun, she started testing it for the last time, as she promised to Taina. She was standing and leaning over the table, and putting the gun parts together to find where to put the chip in. Taina was watching and listening to her as she put the chip in the gun.
Dr. Najmo knew that she had to make this work because she had been working on this project for three years, and she didn’t want her three years of work and effort to go to waste. She was walking out on the pavement, and there was a target to test the gun. She raised the gun with her both hands to shoot the target. She closed her right eye under the goggles and shot the target.
“Bang!” The bullet hit right between the eyes. She jumped out of excitement.
“Finally my hard work pays off!” Dr. Najmo grinned.
Now that her gun worked, she decided to propose to the government that her gun was safer than the regular guns, and that they should ban other guns and replace them with her new guns. Now, she prepared to meet and shake hands with people from the government who made laws about guns.
“I have a proposal for you that can stop the gun violence,” Dr. Najmo suggested. “I made a new gun that works with technology, it’s called ‘stop wrong.’ This gun has a chip that goes in your brain, which connects them. The gun knows what is going on with your brain, and senses if you are going to do dangerous things. It stops working to prevent you from killing or harming other people with your gun.”
“This is a good idea, but how do we know these guns are safe, because sometimes technology has viruses, and starts doing the opposite,”said John. John was a federal firearm officer whose job was to make laws for gun control, and he was second in command after his supervisor.
Dr. Najmo felt like was he was going to reject her proposal, and all of sudden she got an idea to show that the gun is safe for people. She felt cold as she grabbed the gun and pointed it at John, surprising him.
John stammered as he said, “What are you doing?”
As she tried to shoot John the gun stopped working. She pulled the trigger many times, but nothing came out of the gun.
“Are you crazy? Do want to kill me?” John said.
“No, I was just showing you that the gun is safe for society and the government,” Dr. Najmo explained.
“Okay, I see your point, but I have to talk first with my supervisor before I say anything to you. I will call you today at 6:30 pm.”
“Okay and bye.”
They shook hands and he left. Dr. Najmo started feeling relaxed as she had a 50 percent chance of getting accepted. She went back to her lab and started having a conversation with Taina.
“How did it go at the meeting?” Taina asked.
“I think it went well and our project will be accepted.”
“Well that is good news.”
“He said he was going to call me at 6:30 pm to give me the result after he talked with his supervisor.”
“I hope we get good news.”
“I am sure we will.”
Three hours passed and now it was 6:29 pm, almost the time he said he was going to call. The clock hit 6:30 pm and her phone rang. She started praying before she answered the phone. After she finished praying, she answered the phone.
“Hi, it is me John, and I have good news for you.”
Dr. Najmo was so surprised that she took a long time to respond to him.
“Hello, Dr. Najmo, are you there?”
“Yes I am here,” she stammered as she spoke.
“Your proposal is approved, would you like to make an announcement to the media?”
Dr. Najmo jumped up and down with excitement. She uttered “thank you,” and replied that she would make announcement.
“Today Stop Violence becomes fully operational.”
The nightly news went from gun violence to missing dogs and weather. People began taking walks at all times of the day and night without fear. The murder rate went down and so did the bank robbery rate and the home invasions rate. Yes, there was still some violence, but there was much less, and it was caused by other things like knives or hands. The society was better off because of their development.
“This project is important to me because in the past there was a lot of gun violence and the society was in fear. I decided to create this gun in order to stop the gun violence because innocent people were dying,” Dr. Najmo said to an audience.
“Parents were losing their son or daughter,” Taina added.
“And sisters were losing a brother, husband or father,” Dr. Najmo continued. “But now we live in peace and liberty because there’s no more gun violence.”