Chuck E. Cheese's is not my favorite place on Earth. But when I go there, I do expect to be relatively safe. It's a kids' restaurant, after all. There are games, playground equipment, and masses of little people running all over the place. So imagine someone brings in a semi-automatic pistol. And then pulls it out of her handbag. And threatens another parent with it.
Thirty-year-old Tawana Bourne allegedly pulled out her gun and waved it at another woman at a Chuck E. Cheese's restaurant in Connecticut. The two had gotten into an argument. Bourne was there with her child, and the woman she threatened was also with a child. Thank god no one was hurt! Does it make anyone feel better that Bourne had a valid permit for that gun -- or does it make you feel worse?
Tawana was charged with breach of peace, second-degree threatening, first-degree reckless endangerment, and three counts of risk of injury to a minor. Police took away both her gun and her permit. Chuck E. Cheese's does NOT allow firearms of any sort in their restaurants, whether or not you have a permit.
I don't know WHY this woman thought she needed to bring a gun with her to freakin' Chuck E. Cheese's. She clearly lacks the good judgement to handle a gun responsibly. But how are you supposed to check for that? You can check a person's history for mental illness or arrests. But there's no law against owning a handgun while FOOLISH. And there's no telling when a person who qualifies for a gun license won't still snap and do something irrational and dangerous.
A man with no criminal history murdered his children in front of their mother the other day. Again, you don't have to be mentally ill to be dangerous. You just have to lose it one day. What do we do about that? I think this is why we need a national gun registry -- so at least people like this who've had a permit revoked in one state can't get one in another state.
But there's more to it than that. What do we do about people who feel they have a right to bring a gun anywhere? What do we do about people who aren't mentally ill, but who do sick things like this? Stories like this scare me.
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How do we keep moms like this one from bringing guns where they don't belong -- and trying to use them there?
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