First a bit of history, via elvisinfonet.com:

Elvis harbored some bad feelings about [singer Robert Goulet] from back in the late 50s when he was in the Army. Elvis’ girl friend Anita Wood was a singer and she did shows with Goulet and Buddy Hackett.

Anita would often write Elvis in Germany, and one time Goulet added a postscript to one of them telling Elvis in a sly way that he was personally taking care of Anita. Elvis didn’t like that and he never forgot, so when he saw Goulet on TV, he shot the TV out.

And wasn’t charged. Not so lucky, California resident Mike Hernandez.

Hernandez fired a single shot from a 12 gauge shotgun through his bedroom door for unknown reasons. At the time of the gunshot, two other individuals/roommates were inside the residence in their separate bedrooms.

Then again . . .

Hernandez was determined to be on felony probation out of Fresno County with an active felony arrest warrant. Hernandez was also found to be violating his Fresno County Probation terms by living in Shasta County. During a probation search of Hernandez’s bedroom, deputies located two illegal, short-barreled (sawed off) 12 gauge shotguns, multiple rounds of various types of ammunition, and evidence consistent with a recent gunshot being fired from within the bedroom.

Moral of the story? Don’t shoot a gun inside your house unless you’re in imminent danger of death or grievous bodily harm. Or you’re Elvis.

10 Responses to They Shoot Houses Don’t They? Just Thought I’d Leave This Here

  1. Got felony convictions and warrants. Shoots off a 12 bore to signal the cops where he’s at. Sounds civic minded to me.

  2. I am absolutely positive those shotguns are properly registered, tax stamps paid, and he waited nine months for authorization.

  3. Really? Reeeeeaally? I always thought blowing a hole in your wall, possibly damaging electrical wires, heating vents, or water pipes and probably creating a nasty draft in your house was an excellent idea.

    I guess when you’re famous though, it’s just publicity.

  4. Former Creed singer Scott Stapp claims to have gone a little nuts once and shot up his own house with a pair of MP5 submachine guns.

  5. “Hernandez was determined to be on felony probation…”

    At least the man had aspirations… why he aspired to be on probation is beyond me though.

  6. Moral of the story? Try: This is why felons can’t be trusted with firearms.

    Oh I know, they’ll get them anyway, as this one did. They’ll also do a lot of other stupid things their low I.Q. and poor impulse control virtually guarantees they’ll do. Being prohibited possessors for life just gives us a quick and easy to capitalize on the probation violation they volunteered to commit and toss ’em back in the dungeon.

  7. Satire comes off poorly in print unless it’s over the top, so I can’t tell if you’re serious or not.
    IMO, you got the moral of the story entirely wrong; the two shooters were very different, though both had poor impulse control.
    Elvis got off because of his fame, obviously.
    Hernandez didn’t fare so well not because he wasn’t famous, but because he had made poor choices in his past that made the very possession of a firearm illegal, and the firing of it inside a residence that much worse.
    Trying to compare the Elvis incident with the Hernandez incident is like comparing apples and horse apples.
    The moral of the story, to me, is this: Don’t do something incredibly stupid and dangerous and expect to be let off easy.

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