Smith & Wesson Airweight (courtesy christiangunowner.com)

Speaking of toy guns . . . “A 21-year-old Aberdeen man was walking by when he saw the boys playing with their toy guns,” komonews.com. “As the man continued to walk past he saw the 5-year-old boy with what he thought was a squirt gun . . . The man watched the boy point the gun at the other children and then at him as he was about half a block away. The boy fired the gun once in the man’s direction, at which point he realized the pistol was a real gun [not shown].” Well that sucks. Here’s something odd . . .

The man told police he had to move his leg to avoid being struck by the bullet. The boy immediately dropped the gun and ran back into his home.

I might drop a gun too, if I saw a man move fast enough to dodge a bullet. Anyway . . .

Officers arrived and determined that the boy had taken his parents’ handgun from inside the home. The parents cooperated with police and turned over the weapon, a .38 special revolver.

Officers searched the area but were unable to determine where the fired bullet had landed.

“It is very clear this was a situation within inches of being tragic,” said Myers. “It is a good reminder to secure firearms at all times from the hands of children.”

True dat. Meanwhile, we suggest that the parents of the five-year-old keep their IGOTD hardware in plain view, for all the family to admire.

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60 Responses to Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: Hoquiam Parents

  1. He “moved his leg to dodge the bullet”. The guy is beyond a world-class athlete!

    When I was a kid, I had a toy gun that shot soft plastic “bullets”; does anyone else remember these?

  2. You can kinda dodge a paintball, on a sunny day, from a distance. I wouldn’t try that with the real deal, though.

    • I wonder if the boy fired the bullet down at the ground at a fairly steep angle and the bullet then tumbled (like a football flying end-over-end on a field goal kick) and skipped along toward the man at greatly reduced velocity.

  3. Once again, the Five Ws fail us, and we have to go into the link to find out where this occurred.

    Robert, is it of fatal consequence for you to inform us WHO, WHEN, WHERE, WHEN and WHY? This is slipshod writing that fails to rise to the level of mediocre journalism.

    Your level of “expertise” in basic writing is embarrassing.

    WAIT. I get it now. You’re a “blogger”, and not a journalist.

    • WTF do you think the link to the story from komonews.com is all about. RF is commenting on the juicy parts. If you want the detail, follow the link.
      Some people just have to piss and moan.
      ever notice reviews of a product with stars like on Amazon.
      5 stars 250
      4 stars 36
      3 stars 3
      2 stars 0
      1 star 52

      It tells me there is something wrong with the 52 1 star people, not the product. They often will call something a POS if there is something they don’t like about it.
      Sorry, just a pet peeve of mine.

      • Yeah, I’ve seen products get one star because the DVD arrived broken or whatever. People are idiots. Hey, moron, you’re supposed to be rating the product, not the USPS delivery service.

      • That’s an interesting point. You see that with gun reviews, too, sometimes. I prefer a gun review to mention details you may not find in the product literature, in addition to assessing the features overall. Just because someone doesn’t like revolvers, for example, doesn’t mean that a particular revolver sucks.

        It could be the best revolver ever manufactured, and so should be judged by that standard, not one’s personal preference for semi-autos. TTAG’s reviews are usually pretty good in that regard because they’ll often differentiate between a feature that doesn’t quite deliver as promised, and one that does, but might just not be your cup of tea.

      • Around here a block is 225-250 feet.
        So half that is 35-40 yards.

        I need what he’s taking so I can keep up with my granddaughter.

      • A proper block – one street number – is 660 feet, or 1/8 mile; physical streets may be differently spaced, but to change addresses by 100 it’s one furlong.

        So… 330 feet, or in the case of half blocks 165 feet.

  4. That guy posted a message explaining his position. You didn’t see it because he did it so friggin fast.

  5. I’m impressed not just by his faster-than-a-speeding bullet agility, but by his eyesight and hearing, too. In order to move out of the way of the bullet, you’d first have to see the bullet and extrapolate its trajectory. Amazing as that is, even before that, though, you’d have to hear it being fired.

    True, a .38 Spl round is subsonic, but not by that much. A typical round would have a muzzle velocity of what, about 700 or 800 ft/sec? Speed of sound itself is about 1,100 ft/sec? So the sound would arrive first, but not by much, especially over that relatively short distance. Truly impressive.

    • The story said he was watching the kid, and by extension, the gun, so it is possible that he wouldn’t need to hear the bullet, he could have just been alerted to the gun firing by the muzzle flash, and jumped out of the way as soon as he saw it. What I really want to know, what the public deserves to know, is if this man uses his powers of super speed for good, or evil?

      • For him to see the flash and jump out of the way he would have to know the kid was zeroed in on him… otherwise he might as likely be jumping in the way of the bullet.

  6. And if a parent leaves his car keys and the pre-teen takes his car and kills someone, you going to start ‘irresponsible car owners’ pages and start trying to ban car ownership? Tools can be dangerous, and responsible parents should be careful with then.

    • Luckily a five year old has a lot of trouble reaching the gas pedal. Not so much trouble pulling the trigger. Stop defending the indefensible.

  7. It doesn’t take Neo’s superhuman ability to dodge bullets. Remo Williams could do it by hearing the muscles in the finger flexing. Now of course that only works on subsonic rounds, but the story did say a .38 Special.

  8. 5 years old huh? Glad this wasn’t a Darwin Award. Quicksilver couldv’e easily dodged this slow .38special. Superman and the Flash too.

  9. Most 5 year olds can’t actually pull the trigger of a revolver because it’s so long and heavy. So not only is the target The Flash, the kid is Superboy and the IGOTD is going to either Jor-El and Kal-El or Pa and Ma Kent.

    • I just handed my Nagant revolver to a six year old and she dry-fired it DA. Two hands and wandering, but she fired it.

      Only let het do it once; not good for the firing pin.

      Anyway, it’s possible.

  10. Faster than a speeding train, able to leap tall buildings in a single leap..I bet he can’t eat Kryptonite. I assume the .38 was painted orange on the muzzle…

  11. Aberdeen! Home of Nirvana’s Kurt. He hated that place too! I know he committed suicide but mental illness /depression is a bitch. He was actually a pro gun guy believe it or not. Read a kurt biography and he mentioned guns as a purely defensive tool. Unfortunately he used the shotgun wrong.

  12. “True dat. Meanwhile, we suggest that the parents of the five-year-old keep their IGOTD hardware in plain view, for all the family to admire.”

    firearm safety education and proper parenting trump physical security…. every time.

  13. My 16 y/o started with a chiefs special @ 5. He shoots competition now. It’s in the parenting, if it’s not in a lock box teach the kid it is a deadly & dangerous tool used wrong. NOT A TOY.

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