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]


  1. avatar Former Water Walker says:

    Hey how about “worlds WORST parent”? It could be a new TTAG category…

  2. avatar Wood says:

    Well that’s supportive. Maybe the boy can get some help, 13 is hard on some kids.

    1. My brother ran awn away from home when he was 5. He got about 4 blocks away before he came back home. My dad said “what made you come back? My brother said “I got hungry”. The next time my brother got a wild hair and decided to flee, my dad said “Do you want to take some peanut butter sandwiches with you so you don’t get hungry this time?” He never left. His threat did not have the result on my dad that he was looking for.

  3. avatar Gruney says:

    Wow, father of the year candidate?

    We need a law against handing a suicidal child a gun! /sarc

    Public shaming would be appropriate for despicable man.

  4. avatar Excedrine says:

    Michael Yatsko should have been the one to kill himself, not his son.

    1. avatar CarlosT says:

      With something other than a gun though. Don’t want to add to the stats.

      1. avatar JasonM says:

        How about with trans fats and HFCS sodas over 16 oz.? That might distract Michael Bloomberg enough that he’ll go back to his previous nanny state campaign to protect us from freedom.

        1. avatar Jus Bill says:

          I like that idea. I wonder if Yatsko smokes?

        2. avatar Jonathan - Houston says:

          Michael Bloomberg will get my 64 oz. high capacity assault slurpee, with the spoon straw thing that goes up, when he pries it from my cold dead hands.

  5. avatar the ruester says:

    Knowing just how stupid kids are at that age, this was attempted murder in my opinion.

  6. avatar Bill says:

    Or we was trying to shock the kid and get his attention. Kid’s not dead, is he. And if you think social workers, or shrinks, will be any help, you’ve drunk the kool-aid.

    1. avatar Hannibal says:

      Michael Yatsko, is that you?

    2. avatar Accur81 says:

      I’m thinking they’ll be more helpful than child abuse and handing a depressed teen a loaded gun.

      1. What’s DFACS’s track record?

      2. avatar Tom says:

        Was the gun loaded? it doesn’t mention it in the article. If it wasn’t loaded, maybe.

        However if he did slam the kids face into a table, that’s why he should be in jail.

    3. avatar Indiana Tom says:

      You might actually have an unconventional but valid point.

      1. avatar Jus Bill says:

        I sincerely doubt that.

    4. avatar Jamie in ND says:

      +1 Bill.

  7. avatar Hannibal says:

    I think this moves past “irresponsible.”

  8. avatar JT says:

    Florida Man strikes again!

    1. avatar CarlosT says:

      Florida Man to the… uh… rescue…

    2. avatar 16V says:

      C’mon all you oldsters who remember when Carolla was on Loveline, sing along!

      “Germany or Flooriiiidaaa!…”

  9. avatar g says:

    Wow… talk about some seriously bad parenting.

    Everybody knows teenagers can be a handful, but telling your kid to kill themselves and then handing them a gun?

    Way to fulfill a bunch of bad dad / gunowner stereotypes.

  10. avatar John Doe says:

    God, how can he be angry with his kid for acting “cowardly” when he’s slamming his head into a table? That would make any teenager wanna kill themself!

  11. avatar jwm says:

    Reasonable controls on parenting. UBC’s and registration of parents. It’s for the kids.

    Yatsko is a complete douche.

  12. avatar DV says:

    Ever live in St. Cloud? I used to live down the road. This story isnt surprising at all.

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      Kissimmee/ St.Cloud… Just up the road from me.

      Is Mom’s Pawn still in business?

      Last time I was driving through Kissimmee’s old downtown (Not the tourist trap 17/92 Disney World cheap hotel Hell) the old town looked like it was frozen in time in the 1960’s.

  13. avatar WoodyTX says:

    I’m not defending this jackass, but was it loaded?

    1. avatar WRH says:

      Was the dad? Kind of looks like the type to overindulge.

  14. avatar Frank says:

    So the little bitch ran and called the cops? Fuck him.

  15. avatar archangel187 says: is how it’s done. Not defending him giving him a loaded gun, much less slamming his head into a table, but the boy was suicidal and needed a reality check. Pills and shrinks aren’t always effective. Was he already under treatment? This kid’s chances are FUBAR now that he’s going into the system. Shrinks and cops failed the kid in California with the BMW.

  16. avatar Lemming says:

    William RIker? No!

  17. avatar jug says:

    I learned a long time ago, that there are two kinds of people that threaten to kill themselves.
    Those that want only attention, and then those that mean it, and if so, there is no stopping them.

    Just as well let them get it done the first time.

    And it sure tells you which group they are in.

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