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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Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: Hassan Ouaza

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We hope that Morocco citizen Hassan Ouaza – like all IGOTD winners who’ve shuffled off this mortal coil via a ballistic faux pas – rests in peace. We can’t read his Facebook page and we can’t find details about the exact manner of his death. “Hassan Ouaza, a citizen in Boumalne Dades in the Tinghir province who was a member of the association of Sellers and Solidarity Association (sic), accidentally killed himself while using live ammunition to kill stray dogs on August 4.” That’s all has to say in the subject [NOTE: disturbing pic at the link.] The sad thing about this story, well, one of the sad things about this is . . .

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Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: John Richard Valenzuela

It all started, I suppose, with a simple yet familiar cry: YOU SUNK MY BATTLESHIP! Actually, it all started with drinking (surprise surprise). And then, mutual accusations of cheating. (Nothing B9 there.) When his competitor decided to leave the playing field. Mr. Valenzuela grabbed the unnamed 17-year-old female relative by the hair, dragged her back into his trailer – hopefully after wiping his feet – and held a rifle to her head. The cops played a location game of their own and rescued the aggrieved gamer. As Mr. V attempts to raise 10 Gs (cash only) to secure his release we can only wonder if he’ll get access to the Milton Bradley’s military adventure behind bars.


Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: Brooklyn Correction Officer John Santiago [Not Shown]

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“City probers are investigating a correction officer who suffered a gunshot wound to the leg when his service weapon accidentally discharged inside a Brooklyn jail,” reports. “Correction Officer John Santiago inadvertently fired a round into his left leg as he was holstering his gun inside the Brooklyn Detention Complex at 11:22 a.m. Saturday, records show. It was not clear why he had removed the gun. All department shootings are reviewed. Santiago was taken to Bellevue Hospital and is listed in stable condition.” So, Santiago is left-handed, ham-fisted and prone to playing with his pistol. When review time rolls around I reckon he won’t have a leg to stand on. So to speak. [h/t JT]


Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: Galen Hawk

My name is Robert Farago and I approve of this animated recreation of the Lonato Moran-Allen’s manslaughter at the hands of gun owner Galen Hawk. I reckon it’s not enough to know that a gun owner’s negligence caused a fatality. The written details of a negligent discharge – available for this tragedy at – don’t seem to have sufficient power to alter dangerous firearms-related behavior for some irresponsible owners. Some people have to fully imagine, to visualize the carnage and heartbreak caused by a negligent discharge, to let it sear their subconscious, in order to remember to practice all four safety rules at all times. That said, tens of millions of American firearms owners, the vast majority, are responsible gun owners. They would no more point a gun at a child than throw them down a flight of stairs. Still, if this sort of video saves one life, it’s worth it. Yes? [h/t SD’I]


Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: Unnamed PA State Police Firearms Instructor

“Trooper David Kedra was shot in the chest during a training exercise at the Montgomery County Public Safety Training Complex on the 1100 block of Conshohocken Road around 4:45 p.m.”, reports. “Sources say he was in a classroom for a demonstration of how to break down and clean his service weapon. They say an experienced state police firearms instructor was handling a gun that somehow misfired. The bullet hit trooper Kedra in the chest.” “He died serving the people of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan said. Bull . . .

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Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: George Byrd IV

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“A man accused of firing a bullet that broke a neighbor’s window says he fired the gun because he knew of no other way to unload it,” reports. “After the shooting on Friday afternoon in Middletown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, George Byrd IV first denied knowledge of the shooting to a detective, then admitted he fired the weapon to clear the chamber because he was unfamiliar with guns, police said.” The “firing to clear the chamber” explanation is such a stupid excuse on so many levels it just has to be true. Note that the shooter in question is the IVth person to assume the name George Byrd. This indicates that Darwinism is still pretty much a crap shoot. As does the fact that he can’t make $20k bond. Luckily, our IGOTD is free – although, it must be said, not without cost. [h/t RD]


Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: Michael Yatsko

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“A St. Cloud [Florida] man was arrested Wednesday after he handed his son a gun and told him to kill himself when the boy talked about committing suicide,” reports. “Michael Yatsko, 44, allegedly put the gun down on his son’s bedroom and said ‘do it, kill yourself I really don’t care.’ He told police that he knew it wasn’t the appropriate response but his son’s ‘cowardly’ comments have become ‘frustrating.’ Yatsko was also accused of slamming his 13-year-old son’s head on a table, causing a bump above his eye, police said. He was charged with child abuse and child neglect. The right to keep and bear arms does not make people any better – or worse – than they otherwise are. Removing that right doesn’t change human nature, either, but it leaves good people at a disadvantage. That is all.  [h/t SS]