Shooting the wrong person doesn’t necessarily make you a bad person. The Virginia homeowner who shot a drunken teen breaking into the wrong house, for example, made an entirely understandable mistake. A jury will decide whether Oscar “Blade Runner” Pistorius is a cold-blooded murderer or an armed self-defender who mistook his drop-dead gorgeous model girlfriend for a home invader. As his trial continues, we’re learning that Oscar was a bit cavalier in his firearms handling . . .
Former squeeze Samantha Taylor [above] testified that Pistorius had a strange aversion to holsters. “He kept it on him all the time,” Taylor said in testimony. But “on” doesn’t mean what you think it means. “He placed his firearm on his bedside table, or next to his legs on the floor.” Pistorius’ excessive firearm fondling was bound to end in tears – as it did when he had a negligent discharge at a cafe. Taylor also related this tale [via businessweek.com]:
Pistorius was irritated when a policeman handled his gun after reprimanding him for leaving it on the car seat and laughed as he shot later fired through the sunroof, Taylor said. He was a passenger in a car that was stopped by the police for speeding, she said.
No matter what the jury decides in Pistorius’ murder trial, it’s clear the Blade Runner didn’t know the safe time and place to run a gun. And for that he earns our IGOTD trophy.