Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: Savannah Ramirez

What goes better together than partying and drinking all night to ring in the new year, followed by some early morning Facebook portraiture with your pal’s pistol? Savannah Ramirez will be thinking about that question for the rest of her life. Judging from the photo above, holding guns to their heads seems to have been a favorite pastime of Ramirez and her brother Manuel Ortiz. Except on Tuesday morning, when Savannah thought it would be awesome to get a snap of her holding a gun up to her brother’s melon, as reports, “it went off striking Ortiz in the head” . . .

Yeah, guns will do that sometimes, especially when you pull the trigger. Cue the usual post-mortem hagiography:

One friend who wanted to remain anonymous said she wanted to remember Ortiz as a ‘kind, funny guy he was’.

‘He was a very close friend to everybody. He was just always there and it’s sad because one second he’s here and the other he’s not.’

‘Every time he saw somebody sad or down he would be right there making jokes so you could be happy. Even if he was just having a hard time he was always there for someone,’ said the friend.

The Phoenix po-po aren’t sure if they knew the gun was, you know, loaded. They probably do now. Meanwhile Ms. Ramirez is looking at a manslaughter charge. And the cops are checking into the pistol’s provenance.

Authorities are looking into who owns the gun.

On both Manuel and his sister’s Facebook pages there are numerous shots of them posing with guns and making gang symbols.

It’s always funny until someone gets hurt. Or dead. With the pending funeral arrangements, criminal charges and legal bills, we’re guessing Ramirez won’t need one of our IGOTD trophies to know she’s earned the title. [h/t Tyler Kee]