6 Word Story: Mandatory Minimums Edition

6-Word Story Activity: Mandatory Minimums

Update: See the results of this action HERE. You can also see how we made some of the stories into graphics HERE.

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On Tuesday November 26, we’ll be collecting 6-Word stories about mandatory minimum prison sentences as part of opposing SB 1342, a mandatory minimum gun bill currently being considered in Illinois.

We invite you to join us all day on Twitter @projectnia using the hashtags #NOSB1342 or #Mandatory6Words. You can also share your 6 word stories on our FACEBOOK page using the same hashtags. We hope that you’ll join in. We will be collecting all of the responses and will share them with everyone on Monday December 2 on Twitter and on Facebook.  Please also spread the word to others about this action!

Please reflect on the following questions:

  1. How do you feel about guns?
  2. How do you feel about mandatory minimum prison sentences for illegal use of a weapon (whether unloaded or loaded)?
  3. What is the impact of mandatory minimum prison sentences on violence?

Now, you are going to take a few minutes to do something creative.

  1. Have you ever heard of something called the “Six-Word Memoir” or “Six-Word Story?”

If not, don’t worry. It’s a fun way simply and concisely express yourself.

The writer Ernest Hemingway was once challenged to write a story in six words. He came up with:

“For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”

Later, Smith Magazine challenged its readers to submit a six-word memoir. They got thousands of submissions:

I like big butts, can’t lie. [submitted by a teenager]

Cursed with cancer. Blessed with friends. [submitted by a grandmother with cancer]

I still make coffee for two. [submitted by an elderly widower, Zak Nelson]

She said she was negative. Damn. [by Ryan McRae]

Joined Army. Came out. Got booted. [by Johan Baumeister]

Mom died, Dad screwed us over. [by Lesley Kysely]

Fourteen years old, story still untold [by David Gidwani]

I like girls. Girls like boys. [Andrea Dela Cruz]

So, your challenge is to write a 6 word story about how you feel about mandatory minimum prison sentences, guns, and violence. You can choose anything you want. Here’s one to get you started.

One shot. Mistake made. Life ruined.

Mandatory Minimums. No Discretion. No Solution.


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