An Inconvenient Bill

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SCENE: Mitch BERG is salting his sidewalk. Absorbed in achieving a proper dispersion pattern, he doesn’t notice Avery LIBRELLE, walking up behind.


BERG: (Turns, mild suprrise followed by disappoinment). Oh, hey, Avery.

LIBRELLE: Gun owners are stupid.

BERG” Naturally. Why this time?

LIBRELLE: They think someone is coming (BERG reaches into his inside coat pocket) for their (BERG hands a trifolded piece of paper to LIBRELLE) guns….

LIBRELLE starts reading LInda Slocum’s House File 1322, which calls for sweeping confiscations of guns and the systematic extermination of the right of privacy. As LIBRELLE falls silent, LIBRELLE’s jaw keeps slowly flapping, like a beached fish, bill in hand.

BERG: Careful when you start walking agian. Neighbor’s sidewalk’s pretty icy.

BERG goes inside, hauling shovel and remaining salt. LIBRELLE stands, ,jaw flapping impotently, as camera fades to black.