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Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: James Morgan

I’ve never had to deal with with the challenges and worries of having a daughter, and more thankful I could not be. Just too many issues and variables there compared to raising a boy. Not the least of which being every male her age doing everything he possibly can to get in her pants. When meeting one of her dates, I’d probably take an approach like the dad in Clueless, making sure he knows about my .45 and my shovel. So you can almost understand what was going through James Morgan’s mind when he found his daughter driving in a car with two young gentlemen of whom he disapproved. OK, no you can’t . . .

Morgan allegedly saw his daughter in a car with the two boys and pulled in front of it, blocking its way and then pointing his handgun at the teens.

‘I will f****** kill you,’ he told the trio, demanding they exit the car.

His daughter exited the vehicle at his request and tried to calm him down, a complaint states, but the attempt failed.

Morgan then hit his daughter in the head and shattered the window of the car with his gun in order to pull out the 14-year-old boy, police say.

That’s when the two in the car regained their senses and slammed the pedal on the right. But Morgan wasn’t finished with his daughter’s friends.

Not content with the show of force, Morgan reportedly called one of the teens and left a voicemail in which he threatened to ‘kill him if he ever came near the daughter or the house’ adding that he ‘has no problem pulling the trigger’, police said.

And then he told his daughter to, if asked, lie about the gun he’d been waiving around. So James probably won’t be asked to share any parenting lessons at the next PTA meeting. Not that he’ll probably be available, since he’s been charged with armed with intent, attempted burglary, assault and use of a weapon, criminal mischief, harassment, tampering with a witness and assault causing injury while displaying a weapon. We’d send him an IGOTD trophy, but we have a feeling he’d use it the next time he runs across his daughter’s friends again in little Swisher Iowa.


  1. avatar SD3 says:

    Dad? Is that you?

    1. avatar Not Too Eloquent says:

      Why was he arrested again? I missed the unreasonable part.

  2. avatar jwm says:

    Reminds me of a coworker years ago. Had 1 child, a 14 yo girl. Daddy was an absolute tyrant with this girl. She went nowhere without mom or dad and rarely went anywhere except to church. Church summer day camp when she was 14 she comes home with a bun in the oven. One of the counselors got her.

    Several lives wrecked in this mess. Love your kids. Don’t smother them and teach them right from wrong. Sermon over.

  3. avatar Tim P. says:

    So, did he disapprove of his daughter riding around with kids who managed to escape a raving, armed lunatic and report him and his death threats to the police? What did he tell his daughter, “You stay away from them, young lady, and go find yourself a 35 year old convicted felon or at least a mentally-deficiant sadist.”

    1. avatar Tim P. says:

      Argh, “deficient.” Speaking of which…

  4. avatar Moonshine says:

    Words from my late grandfather (who had two daughters) to me when mine was born:

    “Do your job right for the first 12 years, and you won’t have to be the guy your daughter’s boyfriend fears.”

    1. avatar SkyMan77 says:

      Great advise and thank you for passing that along. My daughter is 11 and I pry that she stays out of trouble.

      This is a great example of just what not to do. James has lost credibility and created a huge problem for himself that will seriously hinder his attempt (albeit misguided) to help his daughter. He’s probably not going to be able to do much from jail and the scramble to reclaim life as you knew it before letting his emotions get the better of him.

  5. avatar bontai Joe says:

    I have a step-daughter that I have raised as my own. Her biological dad has been a true ZERO in her life. I can understand Mr.Morgan’s feelings as I have had the same urge on more than one occassion, but self control is a BIG plus in these situations. Remaining calm and discussing with your daughter the pit-falls of dating a “bad boy” type will go MUCH farther than acting like a raving lunatic. I don’t know what kind of relationship Mr. Morgan has with his daughter,or if she is a problem child that snapped his last nerve on that night, but I sure hope that things get better for them in the future.

    1. avatar rosignol says:

      Well, yes, but there is a certain amount of fun to be had in convincing your daughter’s date that before you settled down and started a family, you were the inspiration for Liam Neeson’s character in Taken.

      Just don’t go overboard.

  6. avatar ST says:

    This won’t be much comfort to the fathers out there, but if your daughter wants to have some fun she’ll find a way to do it with or without your say or knowledge. Either be a part of her life so that when she does date guys she tells you about it, or play Iosef Stalin and make her live a double life.

    Either way you aren’t stopping anything. The girls with the crazy restrictive parents are the ones who made the most exciting memories of my teenage years.

    As far as this guy’s concerned, he’s lucky they were teenagers. Had he done that and the kids were armed they’d legally be empowered to blow away Mr. Morgan.

  7. avatar Ben says:

    I’m sorry, I couldn’t get past the part where you’ve seen the movie Clueless…
    …or expected any of us to have seen it.

  8. avatar Michael B. says:

    Someone once commented on an article like this and said that he befriended his daughter’s boyfriends that he hated and pushed away the ones he actually liked.

    Apparently this worked with some degree of success, and I can see why. Rebellious girls want guys daddy doesn’t approve of. If you become the cool guy that wannabe Billy Badass Jr. wants to hang out with then your daughter ain’t gonna like that.

  9. avatar Rich says:

    I have a 16 year old daughter. The guys need fear her more than me.

    She was playing one of the shoot ’em up video games with some of her guy friends and was selecting weapons.

    Her: I’ll use that one.
    Guy: (all knowing voice) That’s a Dragunov.
    Her: I know, I’ve shot a Dragunov.
    Guy: A real one?!
    Her: Yeah, it’s chambered in 7.62 x 54R, but since it’s semiauto it doesn’t recoil as much as the Mosin.
    Guy: $hit…

    1. avatar Robert Farago says:

      Nothing recoils as much as a Mosin.

      1. avatar Ralph says:

        Nothing recoils as much as a Mosin, which is why we love them. Well, that and they’re cheap, too.

        1. avatar jwm says:

          We get points added to our man card every time we take a Mosin to the range.

        2. avatar jsallison says:

          Is gun, is shoot.

  10. avatar Aharon says:

    “I’ve never had to deal with with the challenges and worries of having a daughter, and more thankful I could not be.”

    Males are statistically the victims of street violence at a rate of 4X that of females. The suicide rate for teen boys has increased 3X since the ’70s and for girls it has dropped. Teen males being raised only by a mother are more prone to joining gangs than boys raised by two parents or just a father headed family. Boys are increasingly turning away from extended education post high school while girls are flocking to it. There are lots of challenges to having a son in modern society.

    1. avatar Mark N. says:

      Gee this sounds familiar. My daughter has always been litlle miss goody two shoes, while my son has been a source of heartache and trouble.

    2. avatar Ing says:

      This is true. Raising girls has its own challenges, but the challenges of having boys (or being one) are only increasing. American culture is corrosive to the wellbeing of young males.

      1. avatar Rambeast says:

        Due to the feminization of society, this shouldn’t come as a shock. Any masculine behaviours and time sinks that aren’t popular sports are frowned upon. All aggressive actions are seen as a threat to society, unless you’re wearing the proper uniform. I wonder where it will end up taking us.

  11. avatar 16V says:

    On Tonight’s Episode of: “It Only Ever Happens in Idealized Propaganda”

    Don LaFontaine voiceover: Teenage girls. Completely lacking of any sexual urges, until those evil, evil boys make them do horrible things that they would have never even thought of on their own…


  12. avatar AlphaGeek says:

    Waving. The word is “waving”.
    Not “waiving” as in he waived his right to counsel.

  13. avatar uncommon_sense says:

    While it sounds like this father seriously screwed up, there are some other possibilities. The boys may have slapped around and threatened the daughter before and the daughter continued to go out with them for who knows what reasons. Or suppose the daughter hated her dad and wanted to frame him: so she calls dad and tells him that the boys had literally kidnapped her and coerced her into having sex. Assuming his daughter was telling the truth, his response would be justified (except for the part where he hit his daughter in the head).

    Okay, so those are pretty big stretches. I think the father was in the wrong but we won’t know for sure without all the facts.

  14. avatar Damon says:

    Ah! i live like 10 minutes from swisher, how did i not hear about this!? Sorry my state is contributing to the myth of all gunowners being reckless and bloodthirsty. just glad he didn’t actually pull the trigger :/

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