Mom Reportedly Pulls Gun Out in Chuck E. Cheese & Who Gave HER a Pistol Permit? (VIDEO)


gun chuck e cheeseChuck 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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ethan... ethans_momma06

Through community support and education. We continuously teach our society how to be responsible with weapons from a young age, and we teach our children, families, communities how to correctly respond to explosive situations, anger, etc.

April Marie McIntyre

People need to realize that being mentally ill is not the same as being a violent criminal... I hate seeing the term mentally ill used so often as an excuse or reason people are violent. Most mentally ill people are NOT violent and the ones that are are 90% likely to be in non-compliance with their treatment. I have been bipolar since I was 5 and have NO criminal record. I just felt like this article could spread stigma by not clarifying.

PonyC... PonyChaser

The only way that you are going to keep people from bringing a gun where it doesn't belong and using it there is to completely confiscate - by force (because that is the only way it's going to happen) - every single gun that is in anyone's possession. EVERY. SINGLE. ONE.

And I'm sorry, but that is NEVER gonna happen. Ever. If the government tried, you would see, first hand, the real reason that the 2nd Amendment was placed in the Constitution: to protect the people from a tyrannical government.

The next best thing is to remove the abject fear that people have for guns and replace it with respect. That involves a complete cultural overhaul - everything from changing Hollywood (hello, where do you think the "gun culture" comes from?) to changing the minds of individuals like you, Ms. Velez. We fear that which we do not understand. We respect that which we do understand.

We have this crap happening because for the last 30, 40, maybe more, years, we have devalued life. We've decimated the family. We've told people that morals are subjective. We've de-valued life, killing our own babies, and glorifying murder in video games, television, movies and song.

It's not the guns, it's us. Until we change our culture and our values; until we learn to love and respect one another, this s* is going to keep happening.

And I'm keeping my guns to defend myself if it happens around me.

LuvMy... LuvMyDandD

Law-abiding citizens always follow laws until they don't. All criminals were law-abiding citizens until they day they weren't. That's the scary part.

Flori... Floridamom96

What evidence is there that she didn't follow the law? All we have is an extremely thin news report indicating an action taken and an arrest made. We have no idea if the women felt that her life or child's life was threatened to the point of she felt she had no option but to let this woman know that she was armed. I know that police are very much of the mindset that they will arrest a person and let the DA sort out whether charges are actually warranted or not. Did you know that the laws in many states on gun use are such that it is often more lawful to actually shoot someone who is threatening you than it is to merely show them your weapon in an attempt to frighten them away? I feel like I don't have enough information to know whether this action was warranted or not.

Flori... Floridamom96

We do not need community support and education, we already have that in the form of the public school system. We can all see what resounding success that has been. What we need are parents actually parenting.

Scott Davis

If she gets a felony conviction she will be automaticly banned from buying another firearm, no need for registry, it is already the law. 

Melis... Melissa1508

Well said, Pony.  And, where I live, this is why I don't go to Chuck E Cheese.  Period.

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