Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: Lucas Hinch


Who among us hasn’t been so frustrated with their computer that they wanted to, uh, troubleshoot it with a volley of white-hot lead? “According to the Colorado Springs Police Department, officers responding last night to a 911 call about shots fired discovered that a ‘fed up’ Lucas Hinch took his computer into a back alley and ‘fired 8 shots into the computer with a handgun, effectively disabling it.’” We’d guess the problem wasn’t so much with the Dell hardware as it was . . .

with the technological wonder that is Microsoft’s operating system.

When asked about the shooting, Hinch told TSG, “I just had it,” adding that he tired of the balky computer’s “blue screen of death.” Hinch said that he whacked the computer with a 9mm Hi-Point pistol recently purchased from a Craigslist seller. The gun was seized by police, who left the computer behind.

The late Dell XPS 410 model, seen in the above police evidence photo, is survived by a monitor and a keyboard.

Windows Vista claims another one. No wonder so many Redmond-based moguls support gun control.

While we sympathize with Hinch’s frustration, plugging your processor within city limits is a misdemeanor in Colorado Springs. While he’s certainly earned his IGOTD honors, we’d suggest that next time he either hauls his hardware out to an appropriate range before opening fire or buys better gear from the get go.



  1. avatar DrVino says:

    Plays ***bass*** and shoots a Hi-Point.

    ’nuff said….

    1. avatar Jon in CO says:

      Being as I live in this town, I see A LOT of hi points. Almost every time I go to my LGS there’s one guy buying one. Then, when I see someone open carrying, it’s with a hi point, in a nice $5 uncle mikes nylon “universal” holster.

      1. avatar Robert says:

        … Only the finer things in life…

  2. avatar Desert Ranger says:

    I am sure Demolition Ranch accepts “donations”.

  3. avatar Gordon Wagner says:

    Sounds like another satisfied Windows 8 user…

    1. avatar Louis says:

      Article did say “Vista”. Another reason I use Windows 7

    2. avatar brando says:

      Non-sarcastically satisfied Windows 8 user here. Some of us *do* actually exist! I think it’s just hard for some less tech-savvy folk to wrap their heads around

  4. avatar Hawkeye says:

    And Craigslist doesn’t allow firearm sales.

    1. avatar Franko says:

      People occasionally get away with it by not using the word gun in their ad.
      i.e. Glock model 17 for sale.

    2. avatar LarryinTX says:

      How ’bout HiPoints?

  5. avatar Shire-man says:

    They talked about this story on Good Morning America.
    What irritated me the most was the way the anchors laughed and joked about it as though it were cute.
    These same anchors who have been pounding the disarmament drum since the 1980’s.

    The same fools who want gun control think some moron pumping rounds into a PC in his home is laugh out loud funny.

    1. avatar Joel from PA says:

      My thoughts also!! I guess its OK for a smelly hippie to do something like that, but someone else defends themselves and its wrong….

  6. avatar Ralph says:

    His defense to the crime of shooting a computer with a Hi-Point is that he didn’t have a 12 gauge.

    I’d say he’s looking at a complete dismissal of all charges.

    1. avatar Gman says:

      I am flabbergasted he got 8 rounds out of a HiPoint.

      1. avatar Curtis in IL says:

        My experience with Hi-Points leads me to believe you’ll get the same number of bullets out the front that you put in the magazine.

        Seriously, I don’t get all the Hi-Point hate. They’re heavy, ugly, low capacity, inexpensive, and they run. Conversely, I’ve seen plenty of people at the range cussing while attempting to clear jams on their Kimbers and Sigs.

    2. avatar Defens says:

      Isn’t Hi Point kind of the Windows 8 of the pistol world? Seems appropriate.

  7. avatar Smoke Jensen says:

    An Apple a day………….keeps the police away.

    1. avatar Gman says:

      Smokey – Just spewed all over my Dell. Time to go to the range. 🙂

  8. avatar Gman says:

    The only defense – Temporary insanity. No jury would convict.

  9. avatar Taylor TX says:

    The lag mustve been epic…

    1. avatar Taylor TX says:

      Just had an issue with the comment editing bugging out and the timer not working, no bueno.

      1. avatar JR_in_NC says:

        Did you shoot your computer in response?

        1. avatar Geoff PR says:

          I take the silence of over 3 hours of no response to mean…



  10. avatar Alan in FL says:

    Hey, he did not wait for CS for one hour.

  11. avatar NinjaTED says:

    I can sympathize. I once beat a copy of the NES game “Super Contra” to death with a brick.

    UUDDLRLRBAstart THAT, sucka!

    1. avatar Lucas D. says:

      I just used a Game Genie, but I agree you’re gonna have to beat it with something either way.

  12. avatar Spectre_USA says:

    I work on Dells.

    I used to have a pile in my garage of the infamous Optiplex GX280’s for when I went to the range.

    Tough little buggers, but with an array of arms, they were obliterated on a regular basis.

    Current favorite targets? iPads…

  13. avatar ValleyForge77 says:

    Talk about shooting shit with shit. XPS’ sucked. Had all kinds of problems, but everyone loved them because they were “so small, they could fit in my purse”. Yay. And high point’s quality goes without saying.

    1. avatar AndyNC says:

      Which XPS? That line has been around for a long time, and not all of ’em were small.

  14. avatar Sammy says:

    Thanks lucas. Idiot. Woobs! Colorado????? ‘Splains a lot, Sluggish Jpg’s + high in the Colorado Rockies= gun control fodder.

  15. avatar Don in PA says:

    can you imagine how big a mess you’d have to clean if lead was white hot when fired?

  16. avatar Lucas D. says:

    Buying an Apple computer is like spending $1100 on a Glock 17 with the takedown lever welded in place. It’s a nice piece and it’ll work just great… right up until it stops working or you want to make an upgrade, and then you have to go buy a new one.

    And if you really think neither of those products ever has issues or needs repair, then congratulations: you’ve been suckered by clever marketing.

    1. avatar Brett says:

      All of my Mac’s have always worked great, and have been very easy to upgrade when the time came around. In fact, I upgraded the computer I’m typing this on a few months ago. I changed out the internal 1TB HDD for a 1TB SSD and boosted the RAM up to 24GB. It’s also possible to overclock them if you know what you’re doing. That is, if you’re in to that sort of thing.

  17. avatar JAlan says:

    I’m a bit offended that the alternate suggestion to one proprietary operating system is another that is bundled with an even more locked down environment to include hardware. That answer should be freedom instead:

    No need to shoot the computer when you can simply install a free (as in freedom) operating system.

    1. avatar AndyNC says:

      Ian, huh? Plugging your OS on a gun blog?!

    2. avatar ONeillium says:

      I agree! I always read TTAG on a Linux of BSD system of some sort (Yes, I do think that Android counts)

  18. avatar BDub says:

    Other than for poor taste in hardware, why was the pistol confiscated? They don’t confiscate your car when you commit a vehicular misdemeanor do they?

  19. avatar Southern Cross says:

    The dude bought a Dell, and wished he didn’t.

    All my PCs are DIYs built from tier-1 manufacturer parts. Reliability has been rock solid on all of them, ans if something needs to be repaired or upgraded, standardized off-the-shelf parts make it easy.

    My favourite PC destruction tool would be the 8mm Mauser firing factory Turkish ammo. 154g FMJs @ 2960 fps make short work of a problem PC.

  20. avatar HolmiumST says:

    To be serious tho, all factory computers deserve an immediate transplant of quality power supply, that’s generally where the weak point is for factory computers. Computer with shitty power supply is like a person with high and low blood pressure at the same time. It’s not a bug, it’s a feature.
    They need to make sure the computer kills itself over time.

    Back to the topic….. My hi-point is more reliable than any computers i’ve ever seen.

    1. avatar PeterW says:

      Agreed I have had 3 Dells violate their meager 250W factor power supplies. Thumbs down on Seagate HDs also committing disc-cide without warning.

      Double plus thumbs to the 12-gauge suggestion up above; I have a 12 year old Dell waiting for me to purchase a scatter gun to dispatch it most righteously.

  21. avatar Hannibal says:

    Looks like the computer won…

  22. avatar preston says:

    i can’t say much, did the same thing to a PS3 that failed and a PIX firewall. only difference is i live outside city limits.

  23. avatar David says:

    When my office finally had to junk our Windows XP machines I formatted all the hard drives, removed them and the “kineticly destroyed” them with an AR15. That was fun!

  24. avatar GunTotinDem says:

    No one has said it?


  25. avatar Raul Ybarra says:

    Let’s be honest…

    We’ve all wanted to do it.

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      Big difference in ‘wanting’ to do and actually ‘doing’…

  26. avatar Former Water Walker says:

    Guys sometimes I want to shoot my computer when I’m on the buggy TTAG site. Probably runs the worst of any regular site I visit. And we’re loaded with anti-virus/spam ware etc. So I get this guy with the working Hi-point…

  27. avatar DickG says:

    Sometimes it takes 8 rounds to eliminate the threat, don’t-cha know?

    1. avatar Robert says:

      ..Only from a Hi-Point.

  28. avatar Brad says:

    Oops, you posted the wrong “better gear” link. Here’s the correct URL:

    1. avatar ONeillium says:


  29. avatar Mike says:

    I can tell I’m getting old, because my first response to seeing his picture above was, “Get a job!”

  30. avatar Ralph Humphrey says:

    I’ll Gladly take my Hi Point and out-shoot you uppity jerks 24/7 365 days a year!

  31. avatar Indiana Tom says:

    Vista explains it all.

  32. avatar Geoff PR says:

    This guy looks like that Hippie character in ‘King of the Hill’.

    Pious self-righteous Holier-than-Thou P.O.S. that you just *know* your gonna read about one day snapping like a rubber band…

    And then they do.

    Oh, Visa B.S.O.D.?

    There but for the grace of…

  33. avatar Charlie says:

    Weird ponytail, but it looks like a sort’a nice guitar (if you like a venetian cutaway, I don’t.).

    What’s a homeopath? Do I really want to know???

  34. avatar Martin B says:

    I had a laptop (Acer) running Windows XP that was so unreliable I had to use the start up disks every day just to do anything. After a while I “tripped over the power cord” and smashed it to bits. The insurance lady said the same thing happened to her! I bought an Apple iMac with the payout, and I am still using it 8 years later. It is unfailingly reliable. I have made some upgrades and I use MacKeeper antivirus to keep it clean. I don’t understand the resistance to Apple products, my Microsoft experience has been an unrelieved nightmare every time. I have an XP netbook to remind me how bad Windows still is. I can’t update to the latest OS, otherwise I have no problems with the iMac.

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