Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: Hoquiam Parents

Smith & Wesson Airweight (courtesy

Speaking of toy guns . . . “A 21-year-old Aberdeen man was walking by when he saw the boys playing with their toy guns,” “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.


  1. avatar NYC2AZ says:

    So Neo is walking around Hoquiam, WA? I wonder if the boy morphed into a Smith?

    1. avatar Hugo Weaving says:

      It was inevitable.

      1. avatar NYC2AZ says:

        Nice… I wonder how many people caught your name?

    2. avatar JasonM says:

      There are a lot of people in black combat boots and black trenchcoats in this state. But I always figured it was the weather.

  2. avatar William Burke says:

    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?

    1. avatar Sixpack70 says:

      Those were a lot of fun, when they worked.

    2. avatar Russ Bixby says:


      1. avatar Sammy says:

        Ya talkin Mattel Shootin’ Shells? Early Sixties. Yep a “Kids Demand Toys” favorite!

    3. avatar JaxD says:

      Was that the one based on the Whitney Wolverine? I had one in blue and one in gold. Also had one of those disc guns. Though the discs were mostly used as penny slugs in gumball machines. Good times.

  3. avatar Accur81 says:

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

    1. avatar uncommon_sense says:

      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.

    2. avatar Jeremy says:

      Tracer ammo. has ta be. cough.

  4. avatar William Burke says:

    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.

    1. avatar Russ Bixby says:

      Hedly Lamar: “You said ‘when’ twice.”

      William Burke: “I like when.”

      1. avatar JasonM says:


      2. avatar Bob says:

        Who, WHAT, Where, When and Why

    2. avatar KCK says:

      WTF do you think the link to the story from 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.

      1. avatar Danny Griffin says:

        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.

      2. avatar Jonathan -- Houston says:

        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.

      3. avatar Gregolas says:

        Yeah, I have pretty good evidence from my book’s only two bad reviews on Amazon that neither of them read it.

    3. avatar Guy From V says:

      Through the Vatican?

  5. avatar Gurney Halleck says:

    Wish I could hit a moving target half a block away with a handgun.

    1. avatar Another Robert says:

      Wish I could dodge a bullet from half a block away.

    2. avatar paulWTAMU says:

      No shit. That’s what, 100ish yards?

      1. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

        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.

      2. avatar Russ Bixby says:

        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.

  6. avatar Maineuh says:

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

  7. avatar Powers says:

    I miss my targets regularly. Now I know they moved when I shot.

    1. avatar dh34 says:

      You hit them. The Matrix simply returned them to the previous state.

    2. avatar John says:

      Your ‘misses’ were a glitch in the matrix. It means they changed something.

  8. avatar Jonathan -- Houston says:

    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.

    1. avatar Nick D says:

      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?

      1. avatar Jonathan -- Houston says:

        The people have a right to know!

      2. avatar Hannibal says:

        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.

  9. avatar Mark Wandrey says:

    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.

    1. avatar Hannibal says:

      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.

  10. avatar JasonM says:

    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.

  11. avatar the ruester says:

    I once kicked a bullet in the junk.

  12. avatar Former Water Walker says:

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

  13. avatar Ralph says:

    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.

    1. avatar Russ Bixby says:

      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.

  14. avatar Left Aberdeen says:

    He probably shot at himself because he still lives in Aberdeen…

    1. avatar Guy From V says:

      Love the Remington Model 11 20 gauge.

  15. avatar BLS says:

    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…

  16. avatar Ken kaniff says:

    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.

  17. avatar Byte Stryke says:

    “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.

  18. avatar Retired LEO says:

    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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