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Gun Violence or American Idiots?

Updated on June 1, 2013

"Hey, What Just Happened?"

Angry Mother with a Gun

Is Chuck E. Cheese a Dangerous Place for Kids?

According to ABC News a 30-year-old mother pulled a gun on another mother at Chuck E. Cheese this week. Apparently, the 30-year old Tawana Bourne even “chambered a round” during the confrontation. According to Courant.com, Bourne’s 5-year-old son had pushed a 2-year-old girl off of a ride and Bourne didn’t like the way her son was approached. This situation is absolutely ridiculous and senseless but what’s even worse is that it happened at a Chuck E. Cheese in Newington, Connecticut, just 45 minutes from the most recent tragedy at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut. Haven't the residents of Connecticut and the families involved in the tragic events of the recent school shooting been through enough, aren't the wounds still awfully raw? While my heart goes out to the victims, the families and the residents of Connecticut, many of us felt the sting and we're still feeling it. To sit at the dinner table and eat a meal, without thinking about how many innocent children are being buried and mourned, is enough to make anyone lose her appetite. To put your child to bed at night without having an urge to cry at the thought of how quickly they can be taken away. To put your child on the bus in the morning without fear or wonder; what school might be next? To have to convince your children that while they might not feel it, they're safe and these 'events' are not common, despite feeling the contrary seems to be a growing truth. We are all victims, in one sense or another.

America is in the midst of fighting over gun laws and regulations and regardless of which side of the issue you are on, this incident certainly doesn’t help those fighting to keep gun rights or the implementation of stricter gun control, laws or regulations. This lady had a legal right to own her semi-automatic gun and had a legal permit. Sure, she may not be permitted to carry it in public, but clearly having or not having the right to legally carry a gun in public didn't affect her decision to carry it, pull it out in public and threaten another life with it. When people with poor judgment or bad tempers can legally run around with a gun and bring it into a family/child-friendly restaurant, America needs to do something differently.


Don't make me angry! I'm packin' heat!

Hey, your brat took my daughter's sucker! Do you want me to get out my gun?

What, are we animals?

Fight violence or a lack of respect with violence and a lack of respect? How do we confront people about being rude by pointing a gun in their face? We don’t, that is not normal. It is not okay and I am disgusted. Do you think there is something a bit wrong with how we handle situations? Do you think that we're a little too quick to jump, to quick to react? Do you think that we've become particularly violent in a time of extreme violence? Each person in Chuck E. Cheese was put in harm’s way because of this woman’s unacceptable actions. There are probably kids that are traumatized by the incident and I’m sure it won’t be good for Chuck E. Cheese’ business.

Let’s keep passing out guns to anyone who can fill out a piece of paper, have a license and pass a little background check. Let's keep making more guns and make them have more impressive capabilities; you never know when you may need to shoot several people in a matter of seconds. What do we do? What does stricter gun control and new laws and restrictions accomplish? I am aware of the downside. I am aware that restrictions only restrict law-abiding citizens and criminals will continue to break the law. Criminals will continue to possess guns in the same manner they always have and new policies or restrictions are going to change their behaviors. Doesn't it only make sense that the more weapons there are, the more they will be inappropriately used, despite the 'good' they do for law-abiding citizens. It's easier for a criminal to get a gun then a law-abiding citizen. Do you find comfort in knowing that dangerous criminals with no respect for laws have unlimited access to weapons? So we sit, in the middle of this great debate; worried about infringing upon legal gun-owners' rights with subconscious thoughts about criminals running around with guns but have no simple solution and so we solve nothing. In the meantime, I’ll make sure that I never accuse another mother’s child of taking a lollipop from my child; I don’t want to be dodging bullets at the playground.

Bad for Business?

Would an incident like this make you think twice before returning to the establishment?

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The below video is rather funny, but it shouldn't be. This is the exact reason why people should be trained to use a firearm! How many accidental deaths are related to firearms each year?...

Not to worry, no one dies in this video, at least not that we can see.

Yes, Idiots!

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      LongTimeMother 4 years ago from Australia

      It's a long swim, but if anyone can do it ....

      )

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      LongTimeMother,

      Oh I'm so happy to see you, it's been way too long; which means I'm way past due over on your pages! :D ... I know, I gotta tell you, watching the video, there was a couple of moments that I seriously reconsidered posting it... lol.

      That's quite funny though, your comment! If I can get to Australia without having to fly there, then I'll seriously reconsider relocating! :D

      Thanks so much for the visit!

      Cat

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      LongTimeMother 4 years ago from Australia

      I watched your video until Uncle Billy nearly shot his niece. Way before then I was so glad I live in Australia. Nice hub, Cat. Voted up.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Dearest Colin,

      Oh, I’m so sorry I didn’t get to speak with you last night; I was stuck fighting a structure fire from afternoon into the middle of the night! Some redneck relit his house on fire no more than a half an hour after we’d left it the first time! Ugh!!!

      Thank you for your always gracious comments! And how lucky you get to dip in the water… I’m very envious but just as happy for you. Though I must admit, after the rain yesterday, it looked like I had a waterfront property! Lol

      On top of spaghetti… I hope you didn’t lose your meatballs! Lol

      All is well, thank you so much for asking :D … except that I know I must be very far behind some of your hubs!

      Surprise? I’ll have to go find it! Thanks in advance!!! It’s raining here this morning, so I definitely appreciate the sun! :D

      Hugs to you and Miss Tiffy and Mr. Gabriel as they are such good kitties to you!

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      Just sent you a nice little suprise - and hint - it will give you a nice 'sunny' smile.

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      No BS here Cat - you're the real deal and with such a thought provoking presentation too with nothing but the truth and a whole lotta common sense and some really witty images to make your point. Will share and link on my FB wall to let others see and read what all of the excitement is about at Cat's hubs.

      Just came out of the water about a hour ago on a day much like yours where it is fairly warm but with threatening clouds and showers predicted.

      I am having a late lunch or early supper of pasta and meatballs and sauce with some garlic bread but no red wine - I just took my pills a little later today and I never take a drink on a work night - I save that for after when I get home again - maybe this morning coming up I will have beer and chicken wings. How is everything with you today and how is your family?

      Sending to you 3 big Canadian hugs from Colin , Tiffy and Gabriel at lake erie time 3:23pm

      p.s. - I guess 'no one' can find us here, lol, so let's both get into our hot tub shall we, lol lol

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Kasman,

      Thanks! There really isn't much for middle grounds it the "gun control debate", but there really ought be. I don't want to take away peoples' guns. I also am aware that gun laws hurt those who follow laws not those that break them or those that are too crazy to understand them, competently anyway. I also know that I'm sick of hearing more kids are being gunned down at school because some overmedicated kid finally snapped. I love the statement you made and how true is that? What good is the Constitution with no morals behind it?

      Thanks so much for stopping by, I'm honored... and I'm glad I was good for a laugh!

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      I agree with you on the points that we definitely as a society need to train ourselves better to handle our rights properly. One thing that a founder said that if we lose our morals as a society, then the Constitution doesn't function as it should. Basically morals are the fuel that makes the document work right. We need to learn to be self-regulators again in a society that's telling us to shirk responsibility increasingly day by day.

      Very good hub, I stopped and laughed my tail off at the video. I haven't laughed that hard in 10 minutes, so thank you! Sharing, voting up!

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Jack, I read and responded to your Hub. I absolutely appreciate your Hub, your passion and your opinion, though I'm pretty sure we don't exactly agree on every aspect of the issue.

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      Jack Burton 4 years ago from The Midwest

      cant... perhaps you can benefit from reading my hub, "Is the damage to society from the misuse of guns worth the freedom to have guns?." I wrote it several months ago and tried to answer many of your questions there.

      Just to pique your interest, I lost both my grandfathers to bullets -- one from suicide and one from negligence from his own son, my uncle. How does that shape my opinion? Read and find out.

      And yes, the adults failed those children in Sandy Hook. It is our responsibility to look after the helpless, the young and those unable to protect themselves. For many in society, hampering adults from protecting those young ones in their charge is just an unfortunately collateral damage in their war against law abiding citizens and firearms.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Jack,

      I’m not entirely ignorant, I understand where you’re coming and you make some valid points. I guess when it comes to innocent human lives being compromised, threatened or sacrificed; I don’t see a lot of room for error. I don’t think my argument is necessarily getting rid of guns; my concern is the hands the guns end up in. If you lost a child or a sibling to an unwarranted bullet would your stance change? I don’t want to cry myself to sleep another night because twenty parents have to bury their elementary-age children. I don’t want to have to be afraid to send my kids to school every day. I don’t want to forever fear my children being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Do we just roll over and say, “Sorry, some innocent people just have to die if we don’t want our rights compromised”? I don’t want our rights compromised either; that’s what makes America great. I think that there are responsible gun owners, but what about people that are not responsible and have access to guns?

      Do you think that the children that were just massacred should have been "responsible enought to watch out for themselves"?

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      Jack Burton 4 years ago from The Midwest

      cant, in what other areas of human behaviour do you think perfection should be achieved before we have freedom?

      It only takes one male to rape a woman and then we have a tragedy. What restrictions are you going to put on men and their johnsons to prevent that from ever happening?

      It only takes one drunk to kill a family in a car accident and then we have a tragedy. What restrictions are you going to put on the buying alcohol to prevent that from ever happening.

      It only takes scam artist preaching from the Bible to takes hundreds of thousands of dollars from unsuspecting families and then we have a tragedy. What restrictions are you going to put on freedom of religion to prevent that from ever happening.

      Freedom can be messy and it can even be dangerous when those who choose to abuse it do so.

      You can fear things and try to control them "before" they happen by controlling the freedom of everyone... or you can ensure that the people are taught to be responsible enough to watch out for themselves.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      I guess all it take is one before there is a tragedy?

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      Jack Burton 4 years ago from The Midwest

      cant... millions of ccw holders across dozens of states for several decades shows that they don't pull guns on waitresses for bring their food too late to them or spilling a drink.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      You're absolutely right. I was quick to jump on the article after just learning of the incident and being frustrated with stupidity. I already edited based on your comments. I appreciate it, thank you.

      As far as people carrying guns into restaurants; I guess what I don't know won't hurt me. But, what about people with short-fuses; will they shoot a waitress for spilling a drink on them? If it can happen; it's bound to happen, somewhere.

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      Jack Burton 4 years ago from The Midwest

      cant sez: This lady had a legal right to own her semi-automatic gun and had it legally registered. When people with poor judgment or bad tempers can legally run around with a gun and bring it into a family/child-friendly restaurant, America needs to do something differently.

      Jack replies: Cant makes a very elementary mistake that quite a few make, even journalists who should know better.

      In Connecticut there are several kinds of "permits" for firearms. You have to have a permit merely to own a firearm, and you have to have a separate permit to legally carry one in public. The permit to carry one is public is very difficult to get.

      The news article merely mentioned that she had a "permit." There is nothing said about her having one to carry in public. Since the odds are greatly against her having one of those I will go out on a limb and doubt that this is what she has.

      Which means that the poster's whole thesis, "...legally run around with a gun and bring it into a family/child-friendly restaurant, America needs to do something differently." is invalid. This lady was NOT legally running around with a gun. She was carrying it illegally.

      Perhaps he can explain what America has to "do better" to keep people from willfully breaking a law. Make it double-illegal to break a law? Introduce the death penalty for breaking this law?

      BTW... here in Indiana and dozens of other states we have millions of people carrying their legal handguns into "child friendly restaurants" every single day without any of the trauma or drama that the poster perceives. We just go about our business quietly and with no harm to anyone. I would say that is America at its best.