Javonnie James Tate: Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day

Mr. Tate (courtesy wncn.com)

Criminals gotta criminal. I don’t approve, but there it is. The problem with a lot of criminals: they’re not the sharpest tools in the box. Drive-by shootings, for example, are a pretty poor way of killing a targeted individual or group, and an excellent way to injure or kill innocent bystanders (a consequence that heavily incentivizes police to capture the culprits). By the same token, bad guys are not known for their firearms skills: marksmanship, strategy, handling or storage. Speaking of storage . . .

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Unidentified (Of Course) Retired NYPD Officer: Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day

(courtesy abc7ny.com)

We’ve heard a lot of debate about Florida’s “Docs with GLOCKs” law, prohibiting physicians from asking patients about their firearms. While that law remains stuck in the courts, it’s also true that some conversations between doctor and patient go better than others. abc7ny.com reports on a tete-a-tete that went seriously awry: “It happened at about 10:30 a.m. inside the office of Dr. Matthew Nester, a podiatrist, on Long Beach Road in Oceanside. According to Nassau County police, the 77-year-old retired officer had removed his licensed .10-mm semi-automatic pistol from a leather briefcase to show to the doctor.” Yes, .10mm. And here’s what happened . . .

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Unidentified Texas Gun Spinner: Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day

(courtesy nydailynews.com)

See that caption above? Yeah, that’s not what happened, exactly. “A Texas teenager was participating in a water gun fight when she was unsuspectingly hit in the shoulder with an actual bullet,” nydailynews.com reports. “The unidentified 15-year-old was at a party in the Houston suburb of Spring when a 40-year-old family friend’s 9mm handgun discharged during a barbecue. She was taken to a local hospital and is expected to survive after the bullet hit her in the shoulder, about an inch from her neck, according to KPRC.” Uh, that’s not really it, either. Sins of omission and all that. Here’s what really happened . . .

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Truck-Shooting sootch00: Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day


This video is instructive. Here’s what happens when you mistake your sight picture for your barrel position. It could’ve been worse. Don’t be that guy. Don’t be me. But that’s not the way sootch00 plays it. Despite the “look ma, no brains” mea culpa at the start, this video celebrates his ballistic stupidity with good ‘old boy bravado. “Things happen from time to time,” his non-plussed sidekick opines. Now I’m not saying every YouTube shooting video has to be educational. But this one should be. As the man behind Armed Citizens United (ACU) Gun Rights Organization, sootch00 should have leveraged this view count magnet to explain the mistake and promote gun safety. Not parade the lack thereof.


Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: Unidentified SXSW Celebrant

Things got a little rowdy at the South by Southwest music and technology festival in Austin over the weekend. Apparently, someone was so amped up by SXSW’s eviction of a free speech activist because she refused to censor her Twitter feed, the film about the University of Texas Bell tower shooting from the 1960s winning some kind of award, and a speech by some guy who used to be president urging the citizenry to trade some more essential liberty for a little more imagined security, he decided to celebrate by launching a few rounds into the air . . .

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Jamie Gilt: Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day

“A gun rights advocate in Florida was seriously wounded on Tuesday when her 4-year-old son shot her in the back from the back seat of her vehicle,” Inside Edition reports. “According to police, Jamie Gilt was discovered shot in her truck when a deputy noticed she was acting frantically. When the deputy approached Gilt, she told him she was shot by her young son.” Ms. Gilt is recovering, but the anti-gun rights jihadis are just getting started. They’re incensed because Ms. Gilt was publicly pro-gun. While I hate to give aid and comfort to the enemies of firearms freedom . . .

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Woman Leaves Purse With 9mm in Restaurant: Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day


By Brandon via concealednation.org

Let’s face the fact that not every law-abiding citizen is cut out to be a gun owner. It comes with a responsibility that should take top priority, especially when that firearm is being carried with you. A woman with an Illinois concealed carry permit went out to lunch in Peoria one day recently with her purse and and firearm, and left the restaurant a little lighter . . .

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Utah Father Shoots Son Downrange: IGOTD

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“Authorities have identified the father and son involved in an apparent fatal target shooting accident in Box Elder County Saturday evening,” Utah’s fox13now.com reports. “The incident occurred at about 4 p.m. when 27-year-old James Shurtz and his father Glenn were out shooting targets in a remote area off of State Route 30, approximately 20 miles west of Snowville . . . The Shurtz’s had multiple targets set up at different ranges and were shooting at them with a high-powered rifle.” And here’s where they went wrong . . .

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Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: Unidentified Shooter

“Be sure of your target and what’s beyond it” doesn’t just mean make sure you’re aiming at something and there’s nothing behind it that could be wounded or killed by a stray bullet…although it does mean that. It also means be sure that your target won’t fragment and wound or kill someone. Or you. So shooting at rocks isn’t recommended. Doing so at close range without eye pro is even less advisable. Idiot.