Monday, July 30, 2012
What Would You Do?
My daughter, Ashinator, is nineteen, living on her own and working in a place I don't necessarily like - a smoke shop.
I stopped in today to see her and it was the first time I've ever stepped into a smoke/head shop. I didn't like it. I didn't like that they had the majority of the windows covered; I didn't like that my 100# baby girl is working alone, often times open to close; and I didn't like the clientele I saw coming and going.
Being nineteen and on her own, she can work wherever she damn well pleases, but I don't like it. I know I've worked jobs that I *had* to just to make ends meet, but I'd rather she not work there. I would almost feel better if she worked in a strip club. Why? Because there they have bouncers - big ones - and there are always people around. I like the thought of people being around should anything happen.
She and her brothers have reassured me that stoners aren't usually motivated to do a whole lot (which is true) and that she's got protection in the form of knives stashed around the store. There's literally no place in the store that she doesn't have a knife or weapon of some sort within arm's reach. I asked her what she would do if she couldn't get to a knife and she said, "Mom, I'm surrounded by glass hookahs, I'll hit them with one."
I like that she's thinking outside the box and I *love* that I know without a doubt she won't go down without a fight.
What I'd really, really love to do is arm her. Unfortunately, she's not eligible for a CCW because she's not 21. "Emergency" permits can be issued if the person is over 18, but just because she works in a head shop does not mean she is eligible for an emergency permit.
It is legal in Colorado for someone under 21 to own a handgun, but they may not purchase it. Typically, kids under 21 who own handguns have had them "gifted" to them by a relative, so I'm not opposed to buying her a pocket pistol. So now the problem is - even if I buy her a handgun she can't obtain a CCW to carry it. That leaves the option of open carry, which is a whole other can of worms.
She is old enough to purchase her own long gun, but how much trouble would she be inviting to carry a shotgun to work with her every day? Sometimes it's best to not advertise that you're well-armed. I think with her clientele, if they saw her carrying in a shotgun, they'd start thinking that maybe there was something worth stealing in her shop, and I don't want to invite that kind of trouble.
I'm insisting that she take Double Tap's knife fighting class with me in September, but other than that, I'm not sure what else I can do.
I'm open to ideas. Other than make her quit her job and start supporting her myself, that's not an option.