Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: The US Army Circa 1945

Imagine the thrill these boys must have felt, fresh off the farm, being handed one of John Moses Browning’s finest, probably for the first time. The best minds the U. S. military could muster put their noggins together to produce this little feature to familiarize them with the pistol that would soon be their sidearm. And this is apparently the best Uncle Sam could do. Regularly lasering each other? Check. Booger hooks consistently placed on bangswitches? You betcha. And while not dangerous, how about that fancy teacup grip G.I. Joe learned from the ol’ sarge? Yer in the Army now, dogface.

[h/t DrVino]


Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: Tom Carter

One of my regrets is never taking a firearms class from the late Louis Awerbuck. My impression of him is that he brought a deadly seriousness to his classes that only someone who had ‘seen the elephant’ repeatedly – and had lost family members to violence – could. Louis used a deactivated 1911 with a plugged barrel for demonstration purposes while he taught. I recall one of his students testifying that Louis showed the gun to his class, then asked if any of them wanted to examine it. When no one took him up on his offer, he immediately chastised them . . .

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Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: Carl Cameron Crimefighter

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“The man who left a package containing an unloaded semi-automatic rifle at the state Capitol — causing a full evacuation Thursday — has stepped forward to police, claiming he did not mean to cause alarm. His actions, he said, were meant to protest gun violence.” And what better way than by leaving a rifle in a coffin-shaped box with a wreath in the middle of the rotunda? Carl Cameron Crimefighter – who reportedly changed his Christian name so his kids would have a “cool” last name – hasn’t said much since he shut down the Utah capitol building . . .

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Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: Unnamed Parents of Unnamed 13-Year-Old Girl

“Around 7:30 p.m. on Wedmesday, officers responded to Sutter Delta Medical Center in Antioch where a girl was being treated for an injury to her hand,” reports. “The teen told officers she had found the revolver in a school bathroom then placed it in her backpack, where she kept it all day. The report did not provide the name of the school. When she returned home, “she was going to show the firearm to her grandmother and accidently shot herself in the hand.” Yes, well, it’s kinda hard to take this story at face value. First off, Antioch, California has some serious gang issues. Gangs often get girls to hold guns for them. The younger the better, legally speaking. Second, the mangled miss “found” a gun in a school bathroom? Third, she was “going” to show grandma the gun? And fourth . . .

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Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: Auburn Hills Home Depot Shopper


Carrying a gun in Detroit is certainly a logical choice. While it’s a good idea anywhere – you never know if and when you’ll have to defend yourself – there are some locales that just seem to mandate packing a piece. And if the Motor City doesn’t lead that list, it’s certainly amongst ’em. So we’re glad that an un-named woman shopping at a Home Depot in Auburn Hills was strapped. We just wish she had a better idea of when the use of deadly force is justified . . .

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Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: NJ Priest Father Kevin Carter

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“On Sunday, September 13th the 8-year-old victim and several family members arrived at the church for Sunday services,” reports. “Prior to the mass beginning, police say Father Carter asked to see him in one of the rectory rooms.” Note: it’s not what you might think but still not entirely advisable behavior. Just sayin’ . . . “Once in the room, Father Carter allegedly had the victim stand against a wall. He then retrieved a [functioning civil war style musket] from nearby and pointed it at the child with an indication that he would shoot him. Police say this was witnessed by several people that were standing outside of the room.” Cops arrested Father Kevin Carter, despite the fact that . . .

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Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: ATF Special Agent Marc Delpit

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“Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms special agent Marc Delpit, father of a St. Thomas High School football player, allegedly got into an argument with a fellow team father during halftime in a recent game against Angleton High School,” reports. “Several witnesses allege Delpit punched the man to the ground and continued to assault him as bystanders gathered and attempted to intervene. Houston Police spokesman Kese Smith said Delpit pulled out a pistol and waved it at the crowd before police arrived.” Agent Delpit was unrepentant . . .

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Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: Gabriel Murta, Brazilian Soccer Referee


For our next story, we go south, south, south of the border to a futebol match in Brumadinho, in the Brazilian state of Minais Gerais, where a regional league match was in progress. A referee named Gabriel Murta had a rough time dealing with some unruly players from the Amantes de Bola team. During a dispute over a red card that wasn’t called, Murta was kicked and slapped and quickly retreated to the locker room. This time out was the last act of good judgment he displayed that day . . .

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Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: Max Horton

Gun control advocates like to say that gun rights advocates think everyone should have a gun. Not true! While everyone has a natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms, they do not have a natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to use those firearms in any way they see fit. Murdering someone with a gun, for example, is a no-no. The antis like to conflate ownership and misuse, implying that regulating ownership is the best way to curtail or eliminate misuse. Yeah right. Anyway, here’s a very bad man doing bad things with a gun who’s proven – at least twice – that he shouldn’t have a gun [via]. . .

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Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: Temple Texas Police Cpl. Kenneth Lee Sheka

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“An off-duty Temple Police Department corporal consumed alcohol before he was arrested and charged Tuesday for allegedly firing his weapon during a law-enforcement gathering in El Paso,” reports. And what, pray tell, motivated this perfect picture of a peace keeper to clear leather? First, the who, what, when and where. “Cpl. Kenneth Lee Sheka, 28, is charged with deadly conduct/discharge of firearm, a third-degree felony, in connection with the incident at a hospitality event associated with the 2015 Combined Law Enforcement Association of Texas convention.” And now the why . . .

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Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: Tracy Leeser

This version of the now infamous Missouri Mum gun brandishing story contains the raw footage. It’s most instructive. It tells us that Tracy Leeser did nothing to de-escalate the confrontation with her son’s alleged tormentors – such as change her tone, put distance between herself and the boys, seek to get her son away and disengage, etc. – and much to make it worse. Would a reasonable person . . .

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Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: Robert F. Branton [VIDEO]

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“A woman said she accidentally shot her boyfriend Thursday morning in Daytona Beach Shores while he was teaching her how to use a rifle, and he died a short time later,” reports. The instructor in question: one Robert F. Branton. While one might wonder why anyone would want to begin firearms instruction at 12:30am with a woman in her bra and underwear, the 911 call sounds plausible enough. [Click here to listen] It’s also pretty distressing, listening to a man die and all. Hang on, what about . . .

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