So it was just inevitable that one of these "law abiding" gun permit holders would get all mad about the coffee or maybe a doughnut and threaten to use his or her gun. Should we be surprised that a coffee shop incident happened in a Florida coffee shop? Florida is having quite a lot of problems with it's loose conceal and carry and stand your ground laws of late. I wonder if the legislature and the governor connect their loose gun laws with shootings and shooting incidents? But I digress. From the article:
Sooner or later, when more people carry more loaded guns into more public places, something is going to happen. It's just as likely, if not more likely, to be a "good guy with a gun" than a "bad guy with a gun." Really. Could this phrase, uttered by the NRA's own Wayne LaPierre, be more wrong? In light of the real world and what is actually happening in our country it is a cynical ploy to get paranoid people to buy guns. This ludicrous mantra makes no sense. It's deceptive and it's actually increasing the likelihood that "good guys with guns" are going to shoot innocent people with no guns. It is happening every day. If you don't believe me, check out the Ohh Shoot blog for much more. ( or your daily news media, for that matter). Common sense just tells us that guns are dangerous and we should be not be making it easier for incidents like the one above to happen in public places.Surveillance cameras inside a Florida Dunkin' Donuts store captured footage of two irate customers using a loaded gun to assault an employee because he gave them the wrong kind of coffee.Jeffrey Wright, 27, and his wife Alexis Longo, 22, entered the Lauderhill establishment around 1 PM on Tuesday after placing a drive-thru order that was apparently botched.According to Lauderhill Police, Longo had asked for vanilla-flavored coffee, but instead received caramel-flavored coffee.An argument with employee Rajay Hall over the mix-up soon came to blows, with Wright pulling out his fully loaded Taurus Slim 9mm handgun and using it to hit the employee over the head a number of times.Lauderhill Police spokesman Lt. Mike Butkus said Longo was heard by several witnesses telling Wright to shoot the manager.Wright is a security guard by trade, and has a permit to carry concealed weapons.Both Wright and Longo were arrested and booked into Broward County jail.While Wright was charged with felony aggravated battery, his wife was charged with misdemeanor simple battery.A coworker of Hall said he was doing fine. "I heard the blow connect. But he’s OK. He’s a tough kid," said Gary Benjamin.
It happened again just a few days ago when a North Carolina woman with a permit to carry and a loaded gun in her purse, shot herself in a Staples store:
So, a loaded gun in a purse and a 2 year old curious child who gets into the purse? Stupid and dangerous. The woman was law abiding until suddenly she wasn't. She was lucky. Where is common sense? The gun rights advocates keep saying that these incidents are rare and that the people involved are just being careless with their guns. Of course. That is the point. Too many people with loaded guns in public are being careless with their guns. We simply cannot afford for that to happen. If people were not carrying loaded guns around in public, these things would not be happening.A Franklinton mother is facing charges after accidentally shooting herself at a Staples store in Wake Forest.Authorities say the mother was shopping with her child in the store when then child reached in her bag. The mother went to grab the gun and it went off, shooting herself in the hand.The woman was taken to WakeMed for treatment.The mother, 29-year-old Danielle Hayes, is expected to be charged with failure to secure a firearm from a minor. She did have a carry conceal permit.
You might remember that I wrote about the woman who shot her co-worker at a Wisconsin Walmart store in a previous post. It turns out that she was a "law abiding" gun permit holder. Really dear readers, how many more will it take? What will it take before our state legislators decide to re-visit conceal and carry laws. They are not working out well. We just can't have this much collateral damage in order to satisfy the demands of a small minority of gun nuts. Since the chances of using a gun in public to stop a crime or stop a shooting are slim to none, and the chances of that gun going off accidentally or intentionally are greater than the chances of using a gun for self defense, what are we doing? Aren't we better than this as a country? I hope so. It's time for a change. Let's get to work.
You might like this video about the Skip Starbucks Saturday promoted by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense: