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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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]