Steffon McDonald: Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day

Expecting a prohibited person to be responsible with his or her firearm is a bit like expecting a world-class chef to be rail thin. And yet they do exist. Thin chefs, I mean. Responsible gun-owning perps, not so much. For example [via]:

Officers tracked [Steffon] McDonald to the domestic violence class to serve a warrant for stalking and burglarizing the same woman who made a domestic violence complaint against him in June, police said . . .

Sgt. Robert Shawinisky said officers found the loaded .22 caliber pistol, which was reported stolen in North Carolina, as well as a knife in McDonald’s waistband while arresting him.

“It was kind of scary because the guy has problems and a loaded stolen gun in his waistband,” said Shawinsky, who said officers were surprised to discover the man armed . . .

The gun discovery resulted in additional charges of criminal possession of a firearm, carrying a pistol without a permit, possession of a firearm on school grounds and stealing the .22 caliber revolver.

McDonald was held overnight in lieu of $250,000 court appearance bond.

In his waistband? We all know it’s completely irresponsible to carry a firearm without a holster. Jeesh.

For violating common sense gun safety protocols, and the rest, Mr. McDonald wins TTAG’s not-so-coveted Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day award.


  1. avatar Kurt says:

    Just to nitpick (since it’s Sunday night and I’m reading TTAG with a glass of Bourbon)…

    If the gun was stolen, is he really the *owner*?

    1. avatar Robert Farago says:

      Possession is 9/10ths of the law.

      I don’t mean to be curt, but make mine a Maker’s Mark.

      1. avatar Gilbert says:

        Damn, you beat me to it.

      2. avatar Kurt says:

        “I don’t mean to be curt….”

        There can be only one.

        “but make mine a Maker’s Mark”

        Funny – that’s exactly what I’m having. How do you take yours? (Mine’s in a glass with a cube of ice and a dash of homemade orange/clove/anise bitters.)

        1. avatar Robert Farago says:

          Straight up.

        2. avatar GS650G says:

          Take the Makers Mark tour in Loretto KY, worth the trip.

      3. avatar Kyle says:

        9/10ths of the law,

        ….but 100% of the sentence.

        1. avatar Doktor says:

          Man is it just me or do those irresponsible gunowners remind you of that mean looking big toenail in that fungus ad that keeps popping up?

        2. avatar Higgs says:

          Straight Tennessee whiskey do me tonight.

      4. avatar Max says:

        Possession is different than ownership. I may rent a car and have possession of it but I still don’t own it.

      5. avatar Big Bill says:

        “I don’t mean to be curt”

        Of course not, you’re Robert.
        Curt lives down the road.

    2. avatar Michael B. says:

      That’s the first thing that came to my mind as well.

    3. avatar strych9 says:

      Are you all on Eastern time or do ya’ll hit the sauce early? I never touch the stuff til after 11. Maybe I just drink late LOL.

      A side note: I hope none of you put your guns up just to toss one back.

      1. avatar Big Bill says:

        Time zones don’t matter.
        It’s 11:00 somewhere.

  2. avatar Mike Betts says:

    I dunno, TTAG. This one is a bit of a stretch. One would think that the IGOTD should have to be the LAWFUL owner of the firearm in question. This ass-hat isn’t. Also (for those who hadn’t noticed), IGOTD contains three letters also within the word “IDIOT”, which explains why I sometimes get the the two confused.

    1. avatar Rattlerjake says:

      Try again, IGOTD contains FOUR (4) of the letters in IDIOT!

  3. avatar Gilbert says:

    Maybe the Dems will realize one day there is no gun problem – only a criminal problem.
    Maybe not.

  4. avatar Hannibal says:

    I guess if I was in a class with a bunch of wife-beaters I would want to carry too but…

  5. avatar Ranger Rick says:

    Just another dirtbag, no surprises here.

  6. avatar jwm says:

    Brother was Mexican carrying? Black Hispanic?

    1. avatar Dan in CO says:

      Thank you, that’s hilarious!

  7. avatar What About Bob says:

    They now have classes to teach domestic violence?

  8. avatar Soylent Green says:

    Huh…previous violator of the law, violates additional laws…almost like he has no respect for the law.

    I wonder what the rehab success rate is for violent felons? Same as pulling a turd from the bowl and shining it into something a saleable?

    1. avatar jwm says:

      Depends. If you’re trying to do business with a progressive that turd may sell. You may get grant money to study energy efficient methods of polishing that turd.

      Normal folks. Not so much.

      1. avatar Big Bill says:

        Mythbusters demonstrated that you can indeed polish poop.
        They weren’t allowed to say “turd” on the air.

  9. avatar Penetty says:

    Didn’t he see the “no guns allowed” sign on the way into the school?

    1. avatar ColoradoKid says:

      I bet he can’t read, that’s why he didn’t follow the law. Poor guy, just another victim.

      1. avatar Desert Dave says:

        He was only there, at school, trying to improve his-self and da PoPo come in and arrest ‘dim ….

  10. avatar I1ULUZ says:

    Rimfire for a carry, that is just low budget. Maybe he thought it was a domestic violence shooting class.

  11. avatar Katy says:

    Granted, any bullet can be lethal, but I’m more concerned about the knife. Why no mention beyond “oh yeah, and he had a blade too” by the police?

  12. avatar kevin says:

    I thought the “irresponsible” part was going to be relying on .22lr for self-defense.

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