Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: Jennifer S. Ullrey

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As a father, I’m completely on board with setting boundaries for kids, especially when it comes to TV/electronic screen time. You have to get the kids outside or reading a book. They’ll have plenty of time to sit indoors staring at a glowing screen as an adult, and good habits start early. Unfortunately, Jennifer S. Ullrey took the concept of ‘tough love’ a little too far . . .

An Algonquin woman told authorities she was upset with what her children were watching and how much TV they consumed when she allegedly shot the TV set, Algonquin (IL) police said. …

Algonquin Deputy Police Chief Andrew Doles said the children – ages 15, 11, and 6 – were watching a music video by the rock band Primus when Ullery entered the room and fired “multiple rounds” at the TV. Doles said the children were in front of the TV on the couch when Ullery allegedly fired a Ruger .22 long rifle [sic] at the TV. It’s unclear how many shots were fired.

The fact that it was a Primus video that had the kids enthralled will almost certainly be used as a mitigating circumstance by Ms. Ullrey’s attorneys. Fortunately, none of the Ullrey offspring were injured when mom went all Elvis Presley on the TV. She’s been charged with discharge of a firearm, a felony, and an assortment of misdemeanors.

Ms. Ullrey, next time, take a time out, breathe a little, and get control of yourself before you try to discipline kiddies. If you still have custody, that is. In the mean time we’ll be sending you an IGOTD trophy so the rug rats have something at which to direct their blank slack-jawed stares while the TV is in the shop.


  1. avatar Old Ben turning in grave says:

    As Chris Rock once said regarding what OJ Simpson did to his ex:

    I can’t condone it, but I understand.

    1. avatar JasonM says:

      I think another Chris Rock gem will apply soon:

      If a kid calls his grandmama “mama”, and his real mama “Pam”, he goin’ to jail.

      Those kids will soon be calling grandmama “mama”.

  2. avatar pwrserge says:

    Meh… I’d like to know where Algonquin gets off telling people what they can and cannot do to their property in their homes. It would be one thing if someone was hurt or somebody’s property was damaged. In this case? A felony charge is entirely unwarranted.

    1. avatar Chris. says:

      that’s kind of my feelings as well. Of course, she probably did do permanent damage to the children’s ears. But since they were listening to Primus their ears were probably already bleeding – so who’s to say.

      1. avatar JasonM says:

        John the Fisherman, man! John the Fisherman!

      2. avatar ropingdown says:

        Simplify suppressor purchasing. It’s for the children.

    2. avatar Hannibal says:

      This isn’t about her property, it’s about her unloading rounds inside a room with kids in it in a ridiculously unsafe manner. At some point one’s behavior can be reckless enough to deserve punishment even if the children were not killed this time.

      To say nothing of their hearing.

      1. avatar BlueBronco says:

        Primus . . . hearing already gone . . .

        1. avatar Paul N Tx says:

          WHAT ????
          I CAN”T HEAR YOU

      2. avatar Seth Hill says:

        How do you know it was an unsafe manner? Just because the kids were in the room? I would argue that it was only unsafe IF the kids were not behind a line perpendicular to the muzzle. Your argument would mean that taking the kids to a gun range would be unsafe. As for their hearing, it was a .22 rifle so the damage would be negligible.

    3. avatar Boosh says:

      I live in the next town over and can tell you that in Algonquin the houses are packed tight together. Also, it is a felony to discharge a weapon inside city limits, unless of course it is for legal self-defense. It’s pretty stupid behavior too

      1. avatar LarryinTX says:

        I can understand “illegal”, I cannot understand “a felony”. That is just abusive.

    4. avatar BostonGunner says:

      “She’s been charged with discharge of a firearm, a felony, and an assortment of misdemeanors.”

      This is misleading, the felony was possession without an FOID and the misdemeanors were three counts of child endangerment. Oddly enough it doesn’t appear that she was charged with unlawful discharge, but if she was it wouldn’t likely have been a felony.

      1. avatar LarryinTX says:

        Ah! Thank you, now I understand. It’s one of THOSE states.

      2. avatar bontai Joe says:

        So she would have been better off to have thrown a couple of bricks thru the TV?

  3. avatar Ralph says:

    I must admit that I get the urge to go all Ullrey whenever Josh Earnest is babbling on the air. But then I remember this thing called a remote control, and I know that I’m just a click away from normal blood pressure.

    1. avatar neiowa says:

      His is an earnest lying little POS isn’t he.

      Of the “I’m lying, You know I’m lying, and I know you know I’m lying, but I do it anyway school.” See also Michelle and her really special 3 day “I support the troops” campaign.

    2. avatar ropingdown says:

      Careful. One day you’re going to click away from Earnest, land on Hillary, she’s going to cackle, and you’re going to lose it. It’s dangerous out there.

      1. avatar John L. says:

        This is why we need the Permanent Rolling Firefly Rerun Channel – to provide a safe landing space.

        1. avatar Mykel Obvious says:

          +1 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        2. avatar James69 says:


      2. avatar Ralph says:

        Even Bill wouldn’t choose to land on Hillary. Believe me, I understand. If landing on Hillary was my only option, I’d consider volunteering for chemical castration.

    3. avatar Another Robert says:

      Gotta say, he’s got one of the most appropriate names ever. You’re supposed to think he’s earnest, but he’s really joshin’ you.

  4. avatar Bob Wall says:

    It’s not like a Primus video was the worst thing they could be watching…

    1. avatar Stinkeye says:

      It’s in the top ten, though.

      1. avatar Geoff PR says:

        Were I on the jury, I’d vote to acquit.

        Watch Primus on my 1080 panel, gunfire will be considered justifiable.

  5. avatar E. Jones says:

    Dumb? Possibly. I think in the grand scheme of things though this is hardly the end of the world. More than likely it wasn’t even a CRT television with the potential for a “dangerous explosion.” I can think of a lot worse things to shoot than the idiot box, personally.

    1. avatar BB says:

      CRTs are under a vaccume and do not explode. Instead there is a minor implosion that takes place when the glass is broken. And the TV in question is a 50″ Panasonic.

  6. avatar John Smith says:

    Big Brown Beaver? Yeah, may as well shoot the TV.

  7. avatar JD says:

    I had a coworker pull the same stunt in FL back in the 90’s when his late teens son came back with a big F-U I will watch what I want when I want! He ended up taking a 3-5 year vacation compliments of the state and lost his firearms privileges for life. They also took a really nice older Walther PPK when they came and got him.

    1. avatar ropingdown says:

      Your coworkers punishment proves irrefutably that it is no longer possible to get what is truly a jury of one’s peers.

      1. avatar JD says:

        I have to agree. I would be willing to bet if alcohol hadn’t been involved the cops would have never been notified. His soon after it happened exwife called them.

  8. avatar Franko says:

    I’ve wanted to do that soooo many times.

  9. avatar JQPub says:

    Ironically, the whole affair sounds like something right out of a Primus video. Her name is Mud.

  10. avatar damarius ilion says:

    Well that got their attention!!!! Haha!!!!! They’ll be playing alot more now

  11. avatar Hannibal says:

    Usually the phrase “alcohol may have played a factor” appears in these sorts of incidents.

  12. avatar Mark N. says:


    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      Eh,…. Well, you asked…

      ‘Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver ‘

      I’m ashamed nowadays to admit I actually bought ‘Sailing the Seas of Cheese’ in ’91…

      It was one of those being young, drunk and or high stupid things…

  13. avatar James69 says:

    It was really South Park………..

  14. avatar ropingdown says:

    I like the precise vocabulary. One set with a 22LR? It’s an Elvis. Twelve sets with a .338 Lapua Magnum? It’s an FPS Russia.

    One set with two rounds of 12 gauge? It’s a Biden, no matter which fool pulled the trigger.

    Once the recycling fanatics show up, this chick’s gonna get the full DoJ treatment.

  15. avatar John L. says:

    …and we all know that the proper tool for taking out a TV is a 5-lb sledge hammer.

    Besides, .22LR is too expensive to waste.

    1. avatar Curtis in IL says:

      I figure every home should have a fireman’s axe hanging by the TV for just such an occasion. Yes, that’s a terrible waste of perfectly good .22 ammo.

    2. avatar Gatha58 says:

      Have to agree. Shooting the TV is major overkill and stupid at best. This gal should not have a gun at all if she makes these kind of decisions. Why not just give the TV to Goodwill when the kids are gone somewhere? Wouldn’t that have accomplished the same thing without risking lives or ruining her children’s hearing? To say nothing of watching her act like a total idiot. What a terrible role model.

  16. avatar PeterC says:

    Bad form. Everyone knows that the proper implement for taking out a TV is a 12-gauge shotgun.

  17. avatar Kevin T says:

    How could you not love the wynona’s big brown beaver video…..

  18. avatar Former Water Walker says:

    Yep I caught this on the Chicago news…lady just cut the plug off. Sounds like something from a Simpson’s episode…

  19. avatar Gunr says:

    At the price of 22 long rifle, she probably spent more bucks on ammo, than the TV was worth!

  20. avatar Delmarva Chip says:

    Here come the bastards …

  21. avatar JWM says:

    You can take the woman out of the trailer park. But you can’t take the trailer park out of the woman.

  22. avatar Russ Bixby says:

    Once my daughter defied a direct instruction to turn it off and do her homework

    I took an axe to the power cord, burying ir in the floor below the outlet.

    The demonstration was effective, and she was not permitted to watch it ’til she’d replaced the damaged tile, nor able ’til she’d
    spliced the power cord to my satisfaction.

    Sometimes you gotta.

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      Not a bad idea, Russ.

      Knowing how to chip out and replace a floor tile could save her real money if she cracks a tile in the apartment you desperately hope eventually ends up in.

      Soldering and heat-shrink tubing skills are also valuable. (Unless she uses them to assist her boyfriend in a grand theft auto endeavor.)

      Discipline and self-sufficiency skills in one go!


      1. avatar Russ Bixby says:

        She’s now 27, engaged, working as a counsellor to disabled children and owns her own home between Boulder and Denver.

        Not too shabby.

  23. avatar Clayton Pascik says:

    Primus sucks anyway

  24. avatar Ronald Pottol says:

    Only one Primus sucks comment?

    Damn, I’d thought better of the readership here.


    Kill the Pixies.

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