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December 28, 2011

Gun in Girl's Purse Went Off in a Wyoming Starbucks

By Chad Love

Here's one from the "Would You Like That Frappuccino Leaded Or Unleaded?" files. Customers at a Cheyenne, Wyoming Starbucks got a surprise recently when a young girl's purse gun went off--in her purse.

From this story in USA Today:

Police in Wyoming say nobody was hurt when a small gun that was inside a girl's purse fired while she was in a Cheyenne Starbucks. The bullet went through a chair and into a wall and narrowly missed several customers. Police say the mishap occurred while officers were at the coffee shop around 7:00 a.m. on Monday. They found a gunshot hole in the purse and a small, Derringer-type, double-barrel .38 Special inside.

Authorities say the girl is under age 18 and didn't release her name. She was cited for underage possession of a firearm. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle (http://bit.ly/uwHpuP ) reported that the girl's father had given her the gun and encouraged her to carry it for her protection. According to police records, she hasn't had any formal firearms training.

Accident, or something else? After all, this is Cheyenne, Wyoming we're talking about. Maybe it was just a warning shot for that dude who, rather than just order a cup of coffee, takes five minutes giving instructions on how he wants his shade-grown, free-trade soy latte...

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from ableskeever wrote 2 years 16 weeks ago

"With great power comes great responsibility" - Uncle Ben

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from rock rat wrote 2 years 16 weeks ago

Cheyenne could be a suburb of Atlanta or Fresno for all the difference it makes. Starbucks is certainly not a place fore cadres to plot lefty subversion but more like the place to blow $3 on a cup of coffee and get free wi fi. Somebody's dad needs to give up his guns until he can gain some perspective.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 2 years 16 weeks ago

A .38 caliber derringer? Good grief! What kind of useless gawdam "self-defence" weapon is that?!! That little kid wouldn't have had a prayer hanging onto such a screwy piece of engineering, or rather lack thereof, even if she'd tried to fire it properly at an "assailant". I'm sorry, but it takes a bit more than two or three fingers to control a .38 Special! I agree with Rock Rat (for first and probably last time). Her dad obviously knows so little about firearms that he shouldn't be allowed to possess any(maybe he doesn't?). Yes, the world would be a lot safer if stupidity was outlawed. Or, in the case of this wonder-gun, if it wasn't marketed.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 2 years 16 weeks ago

I hope they throw the bloody book at that kid and her dad. Idiots who own guns are just as dangerous as drug pushers, "home invaders," and other scum. We need to be protected from them just as much as the criminals. And they need to be discouraged from possessing guns just as much as the criminals.

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from Albert V. Turk wrote 2 years 16 weeks ago

It just takes one @ssh0le to screw it up for everyone. Responsible gun owners cringe when they hear stories like this one. Thank God it wasn't Las Vegas, Metro Police would have shot her six times walking out with her hands up.

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from Nyflyangler wrote 2 years 16 weeks ago

I certainly understand a parent(s) wanting to give their child something to protect themselves with when they go out. Let's be realistic here, the bad guys aren't going to give someone a free pass because they're underage. In fact, they actively target young people. So they need protection.

But you need to make sure they're trained in it's safe use and you need to supply them with an appropriate weapon.

A derringer is a stupid weapon to give them. Many don't have trigger guards and something like this can easily happen.

I think a purse is a stupid place for a personal safety weapon. Like keeping it in a backpack if you're a man., It should be on your person so you're always in control of it.

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from T-max wrote 2 years 16 weeks ago

Responsibility is the flip side of the coin on which "My Rights" is imprinted. Responsibility is sadly lacking in this fiasco. As gun owners and advocates of the right to carry we must demand better judgement from our gun toting brethren. My sons carried firearms in a variety of situations beginning at a very young age, but only after demonstrating knowledge and skill in the operation of the weapon, judgement in knowing when and how to use it and the self-discipline to be trusted with the responsibility. It did not happen over night, they had to earn it.

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from JuanTwan wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

A one word solution: Holster. I know that there is more to it than just that, but wrapping the gun would have at least prevented the accidental discharge.

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from Ruckweiler wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

As my Dad, a Korean War combat soldier, told me when I was a kid: "Guns aren't toys." They also shouldn't be treated as just another fashion accessory. Glad no one was hurt.

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from ableskeever wrote 2 years 16 weeks ago

"With great power comes great responsibility" - Uncle Ben

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 2 years 16 weeks ago

A .38 caliber derringer? Good grief! What kind of useless gawdam "self-defence" weapon is that?!! That little kid wouldn't have had a prayer hanging onto such a screwy piece of engineering, or rather lack thereof, even if she'd tried to fire it properly at an "assailant". I'm sorry, but it takes a bit more than two or three fingers to control a .38 Special! I agree with Rock Rat (for first and probably last time). Her dad obviously knows so little about firearms that he shouldn't be allowed to possess any(maybe he doesn't?). Yes, the world would be a lot safer if stupidity was outlawed. Or, in the case of this wonder-gun, if it wasn't marketed.

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from Albert V. Turk wrote 2 years 16 weeks ago

It just takes one @ssh0le to screw it up for everyone. Responsible gun owners cringe when they hear stories like this one. Thank God it wasn't Las Vegas, Metro Police would have shot her six times walking out with her hands up.

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from rock rat wrote 2 years 16 weeks ago

Cheyenne could be a suburb of Atlanta or Fresno for all the difference it makes. Starbucks is certainly not a place fore cadres to plot lefty subversion but more like the place to blow $3 on a cup of coffee and get free wi fi. Somebody's dad needs to give up his guns until he can gain some perspective.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Nyflyangler wrote 2 years 16 weeks ago

I certainly understand a parent(s) wanting to give their child something to protect themselves with when they go out. Let's be realistic here, the bad guys aren't going to give someone a free pass because they're underage. In fact, they actively target young people. So they need protection.

But you need to make sure they're trained in it's safe use and you need to supply them with an appropriate weapon.

A derringer is a stupid weapon to give them. Many don't have trigger guards and something like this can easily happen.

I think a purse is a stupid place for a personal safety weapon. Like keeping it in a backpack if you're a man., It should be on your person so you're always in control of it.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from JuanTwan wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

A one word solution: Holster. I know that there is more to it than just that, but wrapping the gun would have at least prevented the accidental discharge.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from T-max wrote 2 years 16 weeks ago

Responsibility is the flip side of the coin on which "My Rights" is imprinted. Responsibility is sadly lacking in this fiasco. As gun owners and advocates of the right to carry we must demand better judgement from our gun toting brethren. My sons carried firearms in a variety of situations beginning at a very young age, but only after demonstrating knowledge and skill in the operation of the weapon, judgement in knowing when and how to use it and the self-discipline to be trusted with the responsibility. It did not happen over night, they had to earn it.

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from Ruckweiler wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

As my Dad, a Korean War combat soldier, told me when I was a kid: "Guns aren't toys." They also shouldn't be treated as just another fashion accessory. Glad no one was hurt.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Ontario Honker ... wrote 2 years 16 weeks ago

I hope they throw the bloody book at that kid and her dad. Idiots who own guns are just as dangerous as drug pushers, "home invaders," and other scum. We need to be protected from them just as much as the criminals. And they need to be discouraged from possessing guns just as much as the criminals.

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