Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: James Gagum

My kid’s in the movie production biz. Nothing glamorous yet, he’s just a grip. That’s a technical term for a grunt who’ll work like a dog for twelve hours straight carrying heavy equipment for low pay. Listening to his war stories, though, makes you look at movies in a different way. Like trying to figure out how they lit a particular scene or whether they used a dolly or Steadicam for a long, intricate shot. James Gagum must have been something of a film buff. Or maybe he’d worked in the industry, too. Whatever, he definitely didn’t like what he was seeing on the screen Thursday evening . . .

The AP’s report at leaves out the name of the particular flick Gagum was taking in, so it’s hard to know what really upset him. Maybe he didn’t think the movie’s gun wrangler or special effects guys knew what the hell they were doing. In any case, he obviously figured he could do it better.

Authorities say 43-year-old James Gagum was sitting in a recliner and had been watching the movie when he picked up a gun, held it to his head and said, “That’s not how it’s done.”

We know you know what happened next. It just didn’t happen quite as quickly as you’d expect.

Witnesses told police he began pulling the trigger, and the gun went off when he pulled it a third time.

Russian roulette? A revolver with a timing problem? Or was the movie just that insufferably awful? We’ll probably never know. What we do know is that, sadly, we’ll be awarding James a posthumous IGOTD award. And we sincerely hope the movies are better wherever he is now.


  1. avatar jwm says:

    voluntary self retroactive abortion. i actually support the concept.

  2. avatar Nikeratos says:

    Nominators! You can stop calling “the Darwin Awards”: we have a winner!

  3. avatar Darren says:

    He was probably watching “Mannequin”.

  4. avatar Moonshine7102 says:

    What an idiot. And can I get a round of applause for the witnesses who were somehow unable to deter Mr. Gagum from demonstrating “how it’s done”?

  5. avatar Dom says:

    A self-administered 175th trimester abortion. Awesome.

  6. avatar matt says:

    Its sad when the only pic the media has for his obtiuary is one featuring county orange.

    And WTF aren’t IT guys included in the credits of movies?

    1. avatar jwm says:

      what is an “IT” guy? and why should they get credit for a movie.

      1. avatar matt says:

        Information Technology. People who work on computers. For instance I had to fix Studio City’s network for the movie Fred Claus, no credit for me. A buddy of mine who normally gets a lot of the IT work for movies filmed in Chicago is never included in the credits except for maybe 1 film (forgot which).

        The same reason why everyone and their mom is included in the credits, such as Electricians, Carpenters, Machinists, Accountants, Travel Coordinators, Medical Services and Craft Services.

        1. avatar rosignol says:

          Pixar includes them. Maybe you just work for the wrong company.

        2. avatar GS650G says:

          A paycheck is the credit you receive

  7. avatar L.Y. says:

    I thought that was Rashard Lewis.

  8. avatar PCnotPC says:

    Natural Selection at work.

  9. avatar HAVE GUN says:

    This guy got a IGOTD for committing suicide in a theatre?

    What was irresponsible? Does every person who commits suicide get one, or just if they do it in a public place, like a theatre.

    Anyway, I don’t see the humor when someone kills themselves.

    1. avatar DavidT says:

      He got the award not for committing suicide, which apparently was an accident. He got the award for demonstrating Russian Roulette with a loaded handgun because it was “being done wrong” in the movie. It reads like he was at home in his favorite recliner when he had his final lapse of judgement, not a theater.

      1. avatar HAVE GUN says:

        “It reads like he was at home in his favorite recliner when he had his final lapse of judgement, not a theater.”

        Yea, I realized that after the time for editing expired.

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