Cleveland police are still on the lookout for a woman who allegedly pulled a gun on her 7-year-old son’s barber after she became upset that his haircut was taking longer than she expected it to.
The tense situation unfolded at The AllState Barber College on Lorain Avenue near West 26th Street on April 14, 2017.
“I got two clips. I’ll pop you,” the woman is heard telling her son’s barber, a student at the Allstate Barber College, where the incident took place on April 14, Fox 32 Chicago reported on Friday.
While the woman claims to be a licensed concealed carry permit holding gun owner, as anyone who has taken an ounce of concealed carry training will tell you, pulling your gun without the threat of great bodily harm or death is a major no-no.
“When she pulled out her gun she said, I’m allowed to carry a concealed weapon, I have a license to carry, but then one of the other students said there’s no need to bring it out,” Marilyn Medina, an instructor at the shop, told WEWS-TV.
“For a $6 haircut? You’re doing all this?” Medina continued. “I was afraid. You never know the intention she had if she was really going to shoot, if she was really going to do something.”
Authorities still do not know the identity of the woman and released the video in hopes the public will turn her into Cleveland Police. Pending an investigation and depending on her account of the incident, the woman may be facing charges including aggravated menacing.
Regardless of her status as a gun owner, we can definitely use this as a teachable moment. I’m not even going to get started on how the gun appears to be thrown loosely in her purse, let’s just remind ourselves that as soon as we draw our firearms, we’re able to be charged with brandishing.
The questions you should consider before unholstering your firearm are:
- Is my life directly threatened?
- Can I leave without suffering great bodily harm?
- What is directly in front of and behind my threat?
- Is this situation worth the cost of a life?
An easier rule of thumb is the one I subscribe to: I know that if I pull my gun, I am going to shoot and kill someone and may be shot and killed myself. Makes it much easier to assess situations if I also put my own mortality on the table as well.