Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: White House Aide Barvetta Singletary’s Ex

Special Assistant to President Obama and House Legislative Liaison Barvetta Singletary, perhaps demonstrating the principle of absolute power corrupting absolutely that her boss exhibits every day, was arrested on Friday and charged with domestic violence after taking a pot-shot at her (unidentified, and now presumably ex-) boyfriend (a member of the U.S. Capitol Police) during a heated argument at her home in Upper Marlboro, Maryland . . .

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Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: John McAfee

John McAfee, the creator of the eponymously -named commercial antivirus software has had his share of troubles in recent years. Incidents such as fleeing the nation of Belize to avoid arrest by local police or losing much of his fortune in the Great Recession. Now the tech magnate has been arrested in Henderson Conuty, Tennessee, for driving under the influence, and possession of a firearm while intoxicated . . .

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Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: LiveLeak Dad

We’re all for getting children acclimated to guns from an early age to teach them the respect and safe handling everyone should have for firearms. And from watching the little girl in the video manipulate the gun, odds are that’s only an airsoft pistol. Still. This isn’t the kind of safety training anyone who cares about instilling respect for firearms gives their children. We’re pretty sure the unidentified father has never even heard of Eddie Eagle, let alone the four rules. So for his conspicuous irresponsibility with his progeny vis a vis firearms safety, we award LiveLeak Dad our IGOTD title with an instant hall of fame nomination to boot.


Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: Alvin Gene Knight

Deputies: Teen shot by girlfriend's stepfather

I’m from Rhode Island where there’s always a story behind the story. Here’s a tale from Apopka, Florida – the Indoor Foliage Capital of the World and birthplace of disgraced NFL defensive lineman Warren Sapp – that raises more questions than it answers. But one thing we know for sure: pointing a shotgun at someone to break up a bad relationship is never a good idea – unless the pointee is an imminent threat of death or grievous bodily harm. (Trust me, it happens.) Feel free to speculate after this all-too-brief description from . . .

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Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: Bobby Knight

“Alabamian Bobby Knight has had enough,” reports. “Last night, in response to the Arthur Ashe Courage Award being given to Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce Jenner the male Olympic decathlon winner for coming out as transgender, Knight—a grandpa and electrician from Baker Hill—blew a hole in his TV. Now he’s issuing a challenge to others who are fed up with the media, calling it the #TakeOutYourTV Challenge.” I call it “#makegunownerslooklikeignorantrednecks Challenge. Don’t get me wrong . . .

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Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: Manus Shannon


Anyone who’s attended an institution of higher learning has probably played beer pong at one point during their career. It’s something to do between classes and, of course, it’s an excuse to drink beer…as if the average 18-year-old really needs one. But for a suburban Chicago man, 27-year-old Manus Shannon, the game never really lost its appeal. Playing drinking games with a popped collar, he seems to be the type who longs for the good 0ld days and the ivy-covered walls of academe. And he seems to take his beer pong seriously, too . . .

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Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: Andrew Quarless

South Beach. 5:30 am. A Porsche. A car full of women. A holiday weekend. Throw a 29-year-old professional athlete with a .45 pistol into the mix and, well, what could possibly go wrong? “According to the parking attendant, Quarless and another man — identified as Michael Ritchie, a 31-year-old from New York — were leaving the garage in a black Porsche Panamera when they approached a white car filled with several women. An argument ensued, with the attendant hearing the women yell ‘No, get away, leave me alone!'” Apparently public rejection in south Florida is a cue for a young man to assert himself . . .

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Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: Unnamed Columbus, OH Police Officer

Crime scene (courtesy

“Gary Parsley says the shooting that happened on Chandler Drive in Whitehall, Friday afternoon, happened in an instant,” reports. “’Everything happened really fast,’ he said. Parsley says a Columbus Police Officer came to his house to follow up on a hit-and-skip case Parsley says he was a victim of two weeks ago. He says when the officer stepped outside – a woman, two houses down, came running out and pleading for help. ‘She was wanting medical attention for her sister,’ Parsley said. ‘That’s why she called the guy over there.’ Parsley went back inside his house. A few seconds later he heard the gunshot.” Mercy killing? Not even close . . .

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Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: Adam Hirtle


TTAG reader SS sent this one in with his usual terse, straight-to-the-point commentary: “You can’t make this sh1t up.”  To wit: “Officers were called to St. Francis Hospital about 7 p.m. on reports of a man injured in an accidental gun discharge,” reports. “[Adam] Hirtle, however, told police the shooting was completely on purpose. Hirtle told an officer he shot himself in his garage.” Actually, he shot himself in one of his extremities . . .

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Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: Johnie Eakins

The local news video on the confrontation between Iowa landlord Johnie Eakins and his tenant Westley Vaughan pretty much tells it like it is. Shows it like it is. A gun owner is approached by a man – not threatened – and goes all citizens’ arrest on him, complete with no trigger control whatsoever. Eakins brings dishonor to us all, publicly proclaiming that his concealed carry permit gives him the right to hold a man at gunpoint . . . because guns! This may not be the best place to point this out but . . .

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Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: Suzanne Pesola

Suzann Pesola (courtesy

“The 26-year-old Coram woman arrested after shooting a high-powered rifle off her balcony at an apartment complex Monday evening has a young child — and told police she was shooting into a wooded area ‘for recreational purposes’,” reports. “Suffolk County police said the woman, identified as Suzanne Pesola, of 405 B Dunston Place, [above] fired ‘multiple shots’ from a .9-millimeter High Point carbine rifle.” High Point high-powered .9mm rifle? That does sound like fun – as long as you wear a jeweler’s loupe when you load it and know your target and what’s behind it. Not to mention your local firearms laws. I wonder how they learned of the incident. Not through the rifle’s report, methinks.