Teens + Guns = Very Bad Idea

toy gunsStop me if you've heard this one: Teen walks into a Starbucks. Drops her purse (which happens to have a gun inside). Almost shoots some guy waiting for coffee. Shouts, "I think my purse went off!"

Right now you're probably thinking something along the lines of, "Hmm, that's not a very funny joke." Well, that's because it's not a joke -- a 17-year-old girl really did almost kill somebody when she accidentally dropped her gun-concealing purse in a Wyoming Starbucks. The stray bullet missed a fellow patron by about a foot. And did I mention these crazy shenanigans played out right in front of two cops?

Here's the weirdest part: The teen was not, as one might assume, an off-duty gang member or part-time drug mule. No, the double-barrell .38 special Derringer pistol in her bag was a gift ... from dear old dad.


Yes, the girl's father gave her the gun as a present. You know, for her protection.

Unfortunately it didn't protect her from being issued a city summons for possession of a firearm by a juvenile.

That seems rather unfair, doesn't it? But I'll get back to that in a minute.

I always thought that "Don't give guns to your teen" was one of those obvious parenting rules of thumb, like "Don't give explosives to your toddler" or "Don't give a Swiss Army knife to your baby." Apparently I was mistaken.

I understand that teenagers seem like they're practically adults. But here's the thing. The vast majority of adults aren't responsible enough to be trusted with guns, let alone a 17-year-old girl. And considering the kid was at a Starbucks in Wyoming, as opposed to, say, one of those Bail Bonds/Checks Cashed storefronts in the Bronx, I'm gonna go ahead and say she probably would've made it out alive even without the pistol.

Unless Wyoming really is the wild, wild west.

Either way, the father should have been issued a summons, not the girl! He's the one who got her the gun.

Do you think teenagers should be allowed to carry guns?


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