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]

Brooklyn Detention Center (courtesy

“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

George Byrd IV (courtesy

“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

Michael Yatsko (courtesy

“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]


Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: Eric Stayton


Chaires, Florida is about as idyllic a piece of country heaven as you could ask for. Horse farms and swampy woodlands within driving distance of Tallahassee. Land is pretty cheap there, too if you’re looking for a good sized parcel. Just make sure you don’t move in next door to Eric Stayton. In honor of his sister’s (Renee Chaires) 40th birthday, the suburban cowboy (not pictured above) decided to pay homage to one of the great gunslingers of history and recreate a scene from the 1993 classic movie “Tombstone” by doing a little gunspinning a la Johnny Ringo . . .

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Passively Constructed Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day Story: Pocket Carry Edition

Middleburg, FL Wendy's (courtesy

“Clay (County) Sgt. Matthew Magish was off duty and standing in line with his son and the boy’s maternal grandparents at the front counter inside Wendy’s, 2530 Blanding Blvd., [Middleburg, Florida] when the accident occurred shortly after 1 p.m. Thursday,” reports. The “accident” in question being a negligent discharge, obviously. Or is it? “He had been carrying his personal .380-caliber Kel-Tec semiautomatic pistol inside the right front pocket of his pants, when it went off. Magish said his son ‘stuck his hand into his pocket looking for a snack and that the firearm had discharged,’ Deputy J.R. Holmes wrote in the incident report.” A proper pocket holster with a trigger guard would have helped that . . .

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Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: Soy Sauce Edition

Dragon City Chinese restaurant, Dayton, Ohio (courtesy Google Maps)

“A [Dayton, Ohio] Chinese restaurant worker pulled a gun on a teen customer after he asked for more soy sauce,” reports. “Allan Lin, 40, allegedly yelled frantically after 19-year-old Munjed Milhem demanded more of the condiment to go with his takeout. He then rammed the weapon into the man’s chest. Cops were called to the Dragon City Chinese Restaurant in Dayton, Ohio, shortly after the alleged incident on Sunday night. They seized a Smith and Wesson handgun and three full 12-round magazines from Lin.” Well that’s just wrong. A great deal of Americanized Chinese food is inedible without soy sauce. The first question that popped into my head was . . .

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Irresponsible Gun Owners of the Day: Every Single Person in This Video

There are some people who say the American gun culture is out of control, that gun owners are trigger-happy buffoons who don’t care for the safety of others and act with reckless disregard for the safety of others. But compared to these guys, even the worst offenders among us are saints. Apparently this display of firepower is a customary occurrence during weddings in the middle east, and while I do my best to respect the customs and beliefs of other cultures at some point it crosses the line into irresponsible. For example…

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Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: Me…Sort Of

All in good fun. Trying to avoid “spoilers” if you haven’t watched the video already, I’ll just say that I did a bit of safe, controlled (remote) testing before filming the video and made my own determination on what was and was not safe and on how to do this. Regardless, nobody should ever do this. Including me. I did it anyway. You’re welcome to excoriate me in the comments. Or just watch the video and smile and be happy it’s me in the video, not you, and be happy for me that it’s a borrowed gun haha. To Strike Industries, I’ll say…

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Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: Olmsted County, MN County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Jon Jacobson

Deputy Jacobson (left) (courtesy

“The Olmsted County [MN] Sheriff’s Office said Sgt. Jon Jacobson [above, left], 40, was conducting a training exercise Thursday about 8:45 a.m. at the Regional Public Safety Training Center at 2116 Campus Drive Southeast,” reports. “Jacobson took control of a .38 caliber revolver with blank ammunition after the training exercise.” To review: Sgt. Jacobson was training officers at the Safety Training Center using Simunitions or suchlike, when he “took control” of a revolver. And what, pray tell, does “take control” mean in this context? Take possession, unload, secure in a safe environment? As if . . .

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