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The Goons of Liberty



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Frustrated teen mass-shooting survivors kidnap a judge, lawyer, and teacher to prevent the next shooting and save a nation from itself.

GWEN ANTONELLI (19), a powerful but frustrated history major survived a school shooting two years ago and became an outspoken advocate and media darling for gun control. Now ignored and forgotten, she rallies a team of “GOONS” (20s-30s) in a last-ditch effort to be heard. The Goons, who each survived a school-shooting include: YU YAN, an Asian woman; JOSEPH, a Native American male; LEVI, a white Amish male; and ROSA, a Mexican woman. The Goons kidnap a social studies teacher, Mr. DAN BELLINGHAM (40s), who has been “red-flagged” as a potential mass shooter by a former bullied student, MILES UNGSTRUM (19).

Having lured JUDGE REGGIE WILSON (60s) and attorney, ELLIE R. MARTINEZ (40), to a workshop on school gun safety, the basement of Mr. Bellingham’s school becomes a makeshift courtroom for the trial of the century. The Judge, attorney, and teacher are handcuffed and chained to metal chairs, and wired to receive mild electric shocks, with Gwen menacingly holding the switch.

Gwen acts as a prosecuting attorney, with Miles as her only witness, as they produce evidence that Mr. Bellingham is not the self-proclaimed “good guy with a gun” he imagines. They prove, over the objections of his defense attorney (Ellie) and the protesting Judge, that Mr. Bellingham’s concealed carry permit has been revoked. However, that didn’t stop him from stockpiling weapons at home, including an AR-15 and twenty other firearms. The Goons serve as a biased jury, and the trial continues with electric shocks administered by Gwen for untruthful or incomplete answers. At issue is whether all students’ inalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, have been infringed upon by the Second Amendment.

The Goons realize that they are breaking the law with kidnapping, false imprisonment, and torture, just as the Sons of Liberty broke laws, but it’s to prevent another mass shooting at the hands of the psychologically disturbed Mr. Bellingham. The trial progresses poorly for the prosecution, despite evidence that Mr. Bellingham is breaking some laws and skirting others. In the end, the captives are freed, and the police and FBC Newscaster KERRY BRIGGS (30s; a gun supporter) are notified.

Before the Goons are taken into custody, Mr. Bellingham returns to exact revenge with his AR-15 and two pistols. The police are not far behind, but Gwen is killed, and Kerry and two Goons are wounded by Mr. Bellingham. Despite a doctored video of the night’s activities going viral on the Internet, the newscaster paints the Goons as criminal civic terrorists. The Judge and Ellie, torn by the night’s events, now advocate for the Goons. Before this page in history turns, the Goons of Liberty inspire a generation to save a nation from itself.

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The Writer: Tom Stohlgren

By day, Tom Stohlgren is a Senior Research Scientist at the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO 80523, and Affiliate Faculty. He wears Hawaiian shirts every day to teach classes, advise graduate students, and conduct research part-time. He received a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of California, Davis. Tom is recognized as one of the top ten most productive scientists in the world in the field of biological invasions. He is invited around the world to lecture. He has published over 200 scientific papers and a textbook on methods of assessing plant diversity. In his copious spare time, Dr. Stohlgren is a novelist, screenwriter, and... Go to bio
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