I love the books written by Laura Numeroff and illustrated by Felicia Bond. It started with "If you Give a Mouse a Cookie" and the others followed.
So above was my version based on this disturbing story about a 17 year old girl whose gun discharged in a Wyoming Starbucks store:
After the round fired, the girl said, “I think my purse went off!”According to the Cheyenne Police report about the incident, the girl, whose name is being withheld because she is a juvenile, dropped her purse around 6:45 a.m. Monday while she was at the cash register at Starbucks, 1112 Central Ave.Two Cheyenne Police officers were in the coffee shop at the time. Once they heard the gunshot, they drew their pistols and scanned the shop.
And more from the story:(...) According to the report, the bullet missed John Basile, 43, by about 12 inches. After nearly missing Basile’s head, the bullet hit the west wall of the store, bounced back to the east and rolled under the coffee counter.The officers had the teen call her parents, who responded to Starbucks shortly after the incident.The girl’s father said he had given the teen the pistol and encouraged her to carry it while traveling for her protection.The girl said she keeps the gun in her room and had it with her because she was going to visit friends in Laramie.
The teen’s mother told police that she doesn’t particularly like firearms because they “may just go off.” She said she knew her daughter had a pistol and encouraged her to point it at a “bad person” if she was ever in trouble.
The gun was returned to the teen’s parents.
The girl was issued a city summons for possession of a firearm by a juvenile, which carries a $750 bond and a “must appear in court” stipulation.
City ordinance stipulates that individuals must be 18 years old to carry any type of firearm within city limits.
Wyoming state statutes state that a person must be 21 years old to carry a concealed weapon.
According to federal law, individuals must be 21 years old to buy a pistol and 18 to buy a rifle or shotgun.
Too many questions are raised by this incident:
- Who gives their 17 year old a gun to carry around in public?
- Why does a 17 year old need a gun for self defense in public places?
- Why does Starbucks allow guns in their stores?
- Why does the gun lobby think this is a good idea ( check the comments on the original story)?
- Why do so many loaded guns "accidentally discharge" in public places?
- Why are so many people allowed to carry loaded guns in public places?
- Why had the parents of this girl allowed her to carry a loaded gun around with no training whatsoever except for her mother telling her to point the gun at a "bad person" if she got into trouble.
- Why doesn't Starbucks post signs not allowing loaded guns inside of their stores? Who are they afraid of? Remember the flap about California and Washington open carry folks staging protests at Starbucks and other places to make a point that loaded guns in stores would be safe?
- Why can you order products that say: " I love guns and coffee."? I'll take my coffee without the bullets, thank you.
- Where is common sense?