Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: SWAT Commandeer Lt. Earl Barnes

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“An accidental police gunshot into lobby carpet at Town Hall startled officials attending a Town Council workshop Thursday night,” reports. “No one was injured after the weapon of Lt. Earl Barnes, the SWAT team commander, discharged after he tied his shoes in a chair in a lobby area.” Passive construction aside, how’d that happen? If your fingers are busy tying your operationally operational SWAT boot laces, how does the pistol’s trigger get depressed? Excess paunch infiltration (Lt. Barnes isn’t the most svelte SWAT guy I’ve ever seen)? Nope. First the damage . . .

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Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: Viridiana Alvarez

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I saw another one of these teen girl fights on my Facebook feed this morning. It was disgusting. Very, very violent. At least six kids recorded the incident on their cell phones, which went on for at least three minutes. Anyone with the slightest hint of morality would have intervened at the start, separating the combatants without resorting to firearms. That said, they were girls. What would you do if you saw man-sized teenage boys beating the bejesus out of each other? Same thing, I’d imagine. Until and unless that didn’t work. And what if one participant was defenseless being beaten to death? Hard to say. But one thing’s for sure . . .

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Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: Adonis Forbes


“Adonis Forbes had come (home) to check on the teenager, Murain Hawkins, who was babysitting Forbes’ children in the 2000 block of Tennessee Street. Police said Forbes was ‘working on his handgun’ when the firearm discharged, striking Hawkins.” According to, Forbes was trying to administer first aid to Hawkins when police arrived, but it was all for naught . . .

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Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: Brandon Myers

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“‘Unfortunately I cannot say what was in Tammy’s mind,’ (police Lt. Ray Steiber) said. ‘Tammy is the victim.'” Yes, that’s true. The Tammy who Officer Steiber speaks of is Tammy Myers of Las Vegas who, along with her daughter, was stopped by another driver who then screamed at her in an apparent road rage incident last week. It’s what she did next that raises questions about her — and her 22-year-old son’s — actions. As reports, “Tammy Meyers had her teenage daughter run in the house to fetch her armed son, who then went with her as she drove to find the driver” . . .

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Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day? Your Call

By his own account, the camera guy who recorded the video above was sitting in a car on the residential street before the above video starts. Again, by his own account, when camera guy saw a homeowner taking pictures, camera guy decided to do a “walk-by.” Roll the tape! We clearly see that the homeowner has a gun by his side. Which sets off camera guy, who’s pretty damn aggressive for a guy talking to a guy with a gun. I’m not saying that the homeowner shouldn’t have been armed. Or the camera guy, for that matter. I’m saying that the homeowner was wrong to have his gun in plain sight when camera guy walked by. Or gone for a walkabout when he was was confronted. He should have attempted to de-escalate the situation. Something like . . .

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Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: Christian Ball

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We’ve all had days when things just don’t go our way. I get that. But a heated petty domestic dispute between a man, his wife, and their shared romantic partner doesn’t excuse violating basic firearms safety rules. Firefighter Christian Ball, from Manchester, Tennessee, unfortunately found himself in that very situation. The Times Free Press reports that Ball was suspended without pay after “allegedly dry-[firing] a pistol at his and his wife’s girlfriend during an argument between the three.” . . .

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Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: Un-named FBI Agent

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Let’s start with this: “Nobody at that home was arrested.” That would be the Odessa, Texas residence that the FBI raided which “led to several suspects arrested on charges of possession with intent to distribute drugs.” Of course it did. Otherwise, the Fibbies would look pretty stupid, raiding a house with neither perp nor incriminating evidence. Of course, what happened at the empty home makes them look pretty silly, regardless. Here’s Efrem Zimbalist Jr’s successor’s official statement:

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Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: Philip Harper

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Mr. Harper [above] will not be available to receive his TTAG IGOTD award. Neither will his BFF. “Ian Catley, 40, has received a seven-year sentence for manslaughter after admitting that he shot 46-year-old Philip Harper in the chest with a shotgun when his friend asked him to test what he thought was a bulletproof vest,” reports. “Police say that instead of protecting Harper, the plastic-lined vest funneled the shotgun spray into the center of his chest, killing him almost instantly. Catley’s lawyer says that the day before the shooting, Harper had gone to the pub . . .

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Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: Erlanger (KY) Police Officer Darryl Jouett

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Ballistic bad ass ShootingTheBull410 writes: “USA Today says ‘Cincinnati police said in a news release that Officer Darryl Jouett of the Erlanger (Ky.) Police Department was in an elevator when he tried to adjust the weapon in his holster and shot himself in the stomach.’ Oh, really? That’s not exactly what it looks like in the security camera video of the incident.” [Click here to watch.] Remember, never try to catch a dropped gun. A lesson Officer Jouett learned the hard way.


Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: Unnamed Bergen County Sheriff Officer


“Authorities are investigating what caused a Bergen County sheriff officer’s gun to discharge Friday afternoon during a wake for fallen Police Officer Stephen Petruzzello, fatally injured when struck by an SUV while on duty last weekend,” reports. “John McCann, the Sheriff’s Office counsel, said the gun was discharged about 12:20 p.m. and that no one was injured. The officer, who was not identified, was sent home and the matter is being investigated by the Sheriff’s Office to determine whether . . .

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(Providentially) Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: Boyd Ross


“Had this accident not happened, my mom could have been gone at any time.” That’s the conclusion of Steve Ross (above) after his 77-year-old father, Boyd, shot his mother in the neck. As relates, the elder Mr. Ross touched off a shotgun blast inside his home “when he was checking to see if it was loaded.” One pellet of bird shot struck his mother, Charlene, in the neck sending her to the hospital. That ER visit is where they discovered Mrs. Ross’s irregular heartbeat. As Steve proclaimed, “You hate to use cliches, but this is a Christmas miracle.” God bless us, everyone.



Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: Luke Sanderlin

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“Luke Sanderlin, 34, called police early this week to say that he had been carjacked by the person he believed to be the man who murdered six people earlier in the day that police were searching for,” reports. “His story was that he was out for a walk near his home with his dog, when a man with a knife approached him and asked for his keys. Sanderlin told police that a scuffle ensued and that he drew his firearm in self defense and fired shots at the attacker.” Nope . . .

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