Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: Hartford Police Sgt. Eric Smith

Hartford Police

Click here to see’s report on Hartford Police Sgt. Eric Smith’s negligent discharge. Sgt. Smith somehow forgot to report the fact that his bullet exited his house and entered another—until someone else reported it. Smith’s memory issues aren’t entirely unexpected given his limited powers of observation and knowledge of ballistics. (He claimed he didn’t consider the possibility that a .40 caliber bullet would make it through a layer or two of drywall.) Smith wasn’t the only Forgetful Jones in this affair . . .

NBC forgot to show a picture of Sgt. Eric Smith. This isn’t the first time my Google Fu’s been challenged by a taxpayer-funded Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day. The mainstream media doesn’t think it appropriate to show the mug (or heaven forfend the mug shot) of a law enforcement officer who fails to follow the four rules of gun safety. If it was you or me (especially me) our picture would be all over the news, with special attention given to any image showing us in a negative light (i.e. holding a gun). Anyway, I can imagine Sgt. Smith getting a slap on the wrist. In private.


  1. avatar Michael B. says:

    The boys at the station will have a chuckle, Eric will be embarrassed for a while and then everything will return to normal.

    1. avatar Jus Bill says:

      And he probably also gets an all expenses paid week’s vacation.

  2. avatar KCK says:

    If it were you or “me”.

    My mother often corrected I.

    1. avatar Rich Grise says:

      No, Robert got it right the first time. It’s “if it were you or I.” ‘I” is the predicate noun, or predicate nominative, of the verb “were,” which is the subjunctive mood of the verb ‘to be.’

      1. avatar Robert Farago says:

        I think it’s me. Either way it’s me, but I was taught that if you drop the first part of the sentence it should still make sense. E.g. “especially if it were I” doesn’t work whereas “especially if it was me” does. Wait. I just changed the verb from collective to singular. [Farago eats shoots and leaves.]

        1. avatar Jay1987 says:

          Farago’s a panda??? Does he eat kosher shoots and leaves, do those even exist?

        2. avatar Matt in FL says:

          I really like that book. I’ve recommended (or given) it to at least 10 people.

        3. avatar Ing says:

          I was going to weigh in on the “me” side, but now I’m not so sure that it’s technically correct.

          It sounds odd because no one says it this way these days, but “if it were I…” does make grammatical sense. I think. It makes more sense if you say it in a really snooty British accent. 🙂

          I give my kids the eats, shoots and leaves treatment all the time. Let’s eat, kids! Let’s eat kids! Wait, which one are we doing tonight? (Commas save lives!)

  3. avatar KMc says:

    If that where my Daughter’s bedroom, I have raised Holy Hell until said Officer was charged.Will they EVER learn that cops should be held liable, just like you and I. Or me.

    1. avatar William Burke says:

      “Multi-tiered justice.”

    2. avatar Michael B. says:

      A gang of armed men with the power of arrest and an army of union lawyers in league with powerful politicians is not scared of you.

      They will not do what you tell them to.

      In fact, if you raise too much of a fuss they can find ways to dissuade you from ever doing so again in the future.

      1. avatar KMc says:

        True. What would you do? Just askin’.

        1. avatar Michael B. says:

          Sue the city for damages.

          The cops don’t care about that since that’s coming out of the taxpayers’ wallets.

  4. avatar Craig says:

    You could pull his picture off of the Hartford PD’s “About Us” page, but I’m sure they’d complain to TTAG.

    1. avatar Leadbelly says:

      Fork’em if they can’t take a joke.

    2. avatar Robert Farago says:

      I looked. Couldn’t find it.

      1. avatar Jay1987 says:

        Try findin his facespacemybooktube.

  5. avatar CT Resident says:

    I wonder if he will qualify for addition to the “Gun Offender Registry” that Connecticut made into law this year.

    1. avatar Pascal says:

      One rule for us, another rule for them. You will never have better government or Police as long as they are given different rules to live bye.

  6. avatar Ralph says:

    This was a much better bullet penetration test than some stoopid gel.

  7. avatar Rich Grise says:

    I wonder how many people cleaned their guns that day without them “going off?”

    Or any day.

    1. avatar KMc says:

      If the Sgt. had shot his Privates, would he have reported it?

      1. avatar Ing says:

        Maybe not…but his Privates would have.

      2. avatar Stinkeye says:

        I’m sure his neighbors would have reported the bloodcurdling screams…

    2. avatar Matt in FL says:

      I cleaned three pistols, two rifles, and a shotgun yesterday. Nary an errant round expended.

      1. avatar Cliff H says:

        Cost of ammo these days, only makes sense not to waste any.

    3. avatar Craig says:

      Do you keep one of those OHSA “X Days Accident Free” signs in your gun-cleaning area? 🙂

  8. avatar MattG says:

    I’m sure if that were me in the exact same scenario I’d be sitting in the pokey right now facing felony charges, my guns would have been seized, and my picture would be all over moms demand actions website as a poster child for civilian disarmament. A child’s life was endangered, after all.

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