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Gun Violence or American Idiots?
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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?
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.
ABC News & Courant.com
- Mom Accused Of Pulling Out A Gun In Chuck E. Cheese's: "I'm A Very Good Person" - Courant.com
A 30-year-old mother brandished a semi-automatic handgun during an argument with another woman at a Chuck E. Cheese restaurant on Monday, police said.
- Cops: Mom Pulled Gun at Conn. Chuck E. Cheese's - ABC News
Mom Pulled Gun at Chuck E. Cheese's