MAINE: Anti-Gay Right Wing Columnist Dies After Handgun Goes Off While Showing It To Teenage Boy

The Portland Press Herald reports:

Maine State Police and Sanford police are investigating the shooting death of Portland Press Herald columnist M.D. Harmon at his home Wednesday afternoon in Sanford. Police say Michael D. Harmon, 71, died at his home on Brunelle Avenue after a handgun he was showing to a teenage boy went off while the 16-year-old was handling it.

Harmon, a steadfast defender of gun rights and a champion of conservative viewpoints, was a longtime editor and columnist for the Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. He worked for the newspaper for 41 years, and continued to write a weekly column after he retired in 2011.

The teenage boy and his father, both from North Berwick, were visiting Harmon’s home at the time of the shooting, police said. They have been cooperating with the investigation and detectives were expected to question them again today.

Harmon was known as a conservative thinker and a staunch defender of gun rights in his newspaper columns, including some that argued against the recent failed referendum to require background checks for private gun purchases. In a Sept. 13, 1993, editorial column, Harmon wrote about the importance of everyone’s constitutional right to own a firearm.

“I view threats to that freedom as seriously as I do threats to my right to vote, or speak freely, or worship as I please,” he wrote. In that same column, Harmon wrote that he had belonged to the National Rifle Association from the day of his first paycheck.

In addition to his advocacy for gun rights, Harmon was a very loud opponent of LGBT rights and same-sex marriage. After the Obergefell ruling, he wrote this:

We need an amendment saying: “Every justice, beginning with the second national election after his or her appointment, will answer to the American people and the states in a retention election every eight years. Those justices deemed unfit for retention by both a majority of the American people as a whole and by majorities of the electorates in at least half of the 50 states will be removed from office and disqualified from future service on the Court.” If Congress won’t pass it, then a “Convention of States,” called under the Constitution’s Article V, should be convened to consider such a change. Are we there yet? Probably not, but we may be soon. I doubt that millions of Americans will let their religious liberties be trampled without pushing back. We’re made of sterner stuff than that.

  • bkmn

    Gun safety 101 – never let someone who does not know how to safely handle a gun handle a gun.

    • Also, wouldn’t any gun advocacy expert think to unload the gun first?

      • Todd20036

        And put the safety on, yeah. But that’s liberal gun control talk.

        • Christopher

          “End Liberal gun control! Remove all safeties!”

          Oh, and let’s go ahead and remove all the warning labels as well. Let’s get evolution going again.

          • Chucktech

            Patience, my boy, January 20th will be here soon…

          • Galvestonian

            January 21st — WAR!!!! The Republicans reinstitute the ‘draft’ and all Republican kids rush to get into the ‘National Guard’ or some college. As I recall (I’m 74 and a Vietnam era vet) there were a few colleges with no campus and something like an enrollment of 300,000 students that never graduated. College students were exempt at the time.

          • Chucktech

            Thanks for your service. My brother is a Viet Nam vet.

          • clay

            Have you seen Trump’s nominee for FDA?

          • Layla Menandez

            The fact is in America you can be mentally ill and still legally buy and own a gun. That is the law. The only way you can’t is IF you’ve been committed to the nut house or been found mentally defective BY A JUDGE (if you go to the funny farm because you, your family, or a doctor puts you there… no problem… buy yourself as many weapons as you want when you get out).

            Republicans would rather watch their children lie dead in the street than change their ambiguously worded 250 year old document. It’s time to stop this, and I’m looking your direction, Obama.

            Yes, you have done a great job in office. RECORD unemployment numbers, legalized gay marriage, 5% growth, best year for jobs since 1999, consumer confidence up, deficit down 60% in 2014, gas prices low, health insurance cheaper than ever ($85/month), car insurance cheaper than ever ($25/month from Panda), the 1% starting to be taxed more…

            I’m a gun owner. I don’t want the gov to take my guns because I was clinically depressed a decade ago but obviously we need to do something about the gun violence… the rub is to do it without stomping on the 2nd amendment.

          • FatNance

            “Nut house”? “Funny farm”?

            Your intelligence and compassion are admirable. Please, post more frequently?

          • Stogiebear

            Insurance Panda SPAM.

          • Shazzam Mam

            I always thought a “funny farm” was where farmers and animals laughed and made jokes all day and were Comedy Club Members.

        • Mr. Belvedere

          “Here boy, check out this gun, this is what all the liberals and the queers want to prevent you from having, by the way you should join the NR-”
          *bang!*
          *slump*
          *sirens*

          • Chicago joe

            Lol. Sad. Lol.

          • Librarykid

            I know. Died at home and went straight to Hell. Does anyone remember Straight to Hell Publications?

          • Steve

            God smote him. Duh! (Don’t remember straight to he’ll publications but they sound entertaining

          • gothambear

            yep i do they were pretty damn hot

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          • RickCabral

            Tsk, tsk! (I agree.)

      • j.martindale

        Expert, my ass.

        • Todd20036

          I’m sure you do have an expert ass.
          Let’s do lunch.

          • j.martindale

            Can my husband come?

          • Acronym Jim

            If you have to ask, you probably need a bit of education on handling guns, too.

            I’m available for tutoring. Your husband is welcome at the lessons as well.

      • Chucktech

        And lose your hard on??

        • KCMC

          Showing It To Teenage Boy

          • Todd20036

            Showing my “gun” to a teenager would creep me out more than anything.

          • clay

            Oh, don’t worry, the father was helping out, too. };)

          • RKitty01

            I was wondering about that at first

        • Gerry Fisher

          Luv, Luv, LUV this comment.

        • Christopher Smith

          Even that wouldn’t get it up for this dead reactionary bigot (and likely closet case)…..

      • clay

        into whom?

      • Alexodia

        In my time as a gun owner I’ve noticed a lot of gun “Experts” do the dumbest things with their firearms out of blind confidence.

        • Uncle Mark

          Did we have the same dad?

        • perversatile

          Over Christmas my Uncle Duane kept going on and on about what good ‘trigger discipline’ this guy had, which provided yet one more additional layer of divisive discourse to the holiday gatherings.
          Not that we would be so petty as to keep score…
          7- Yeah that boy knew the right way to handle a firearm
          11- Stop being assholes somebody died and it’s Christmas
          1- He’s cute (cousin Darlene)
          https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e3b0b36054066876b471026626a52e82c6d1761bcb597cd3db1175f761e98e1d.jpg

      • ceeenbee

        I believe this is just another tick mark on the stock of HRC’s gun. /s

      • Jeffrey

        One question I have asked many times, as someone who grew up around firearms, is why wouldn’t the NRA be more interested in pushing gun safety education? It would improve their cause greatly. But it just shows that they really don’t care about safety or guns. They’re just a powerful lobby with a sizable force of voters are tooo dumb to care about gun safety. Thus one gets shot by one’s own gun by one’s own friend or toddler or sibling.

        • UrsusArctos

          Once upon a time the NRA did push gun safety and hunting safety, sponsoring classes and working with state Departments of Wildlife.
          There is more money to be made by the NRA patrons (gun manufacturers & sellers) in having the NRA stampeding gun huggers any time something sensible comes along (like safety measures). They went from being an advocacy group for gun owners and hunters to an industry lobbying group.

          • rusty57

            ^ This right here.

    • Todd20036

      You aren’t talking about the boy right now, are you?

    • Rex

      Guess he wasn’t an NRA gold member.

      • Chucktech

        We have no idea how much money he’s given them.

        • Rex

          Not enough to change his stupidity.

      • TampaDink

        But his family is now a NRA gold star family.

        • Librarykid

          Every cloud has a silver lining or gold, maybe, in this case.

          • TampaDink

            And every casket has a lining too. More mean & morose thoughts from me.

          • Ragnar Lothbrok

            Happy New Year, Dennis

          • TampaDink

            And also with you! (oops, my cradle cathoholicsm catches up with me from time to time…..but I am still in recovery!) Happiest & best to you, dear sir, in the sea of mystery that we are embarking on.

    • jimbo65

      And you’d think these ammosexuals would know to have the stupid safety on before handing it over to be “admired”. Beyond that, I guess darwin’s law has culled another one.

      • Chucktech

        Darwin’s pretty fucking slow sometimes, this fucker had a 70+ year run.

        • Robincho

          It’s all that hanging out with his tortoises…

      • Barry S G

        The proper way is to remove the magazine and rack the slide to remove any cartridge from the chamber if it is a semi, or open the cylinder and dump it out to clear. And even then the person being handed the gun should do the same just to make double sure.

    • OdieDenCO

      lesson 2: never point a gun at someone!

    • lattebud

      And assume every gun is loaded

    • Barry S G

      Actually the first rule of gun safety is Treat all guns as loaded even if you are handed one that is supposedly empty. Second, keep your finger off the trigger until the moment you are going to shoot, and third, never point a gun at anything unless you are prepared to destroy it.
      I just bought my first pistol and every video as well as the class I took emphasizes these points. You would think that a avid gun rights promoter would know and understand these three rules.

    • FAEN

      You’re talking about teabaggers. Gun safety 101 is socialism.

    • StSean

      “accidentally”

      thoguh i am intrigued by the “undisclosed reasons” for the visit. what a strange thing to add.

    • Guest

      Well that, and make sure it is not loaded first.

  • Lakeview Bob

    Finally some good news in 2016. Darwinism at it’s best.

  • james1200
  • Mrs. Councillor Nugent

    Hurry soon, and get your Darwin Award for 2016 before year’s end.

  • GayOldLady

    That was a fitting end to his life.

  • Todd20036

    Hand an inexperienced boy a loaded gun with the safety off. Good idea.

    The only tragedy would have been if the kid hurt himself with it.

    My only sympathy is for the boy who has to have been traumatized over the incident.

    As for the bigoted gun nut, THANK YOU KARMA, TOOK YOU LONG ENOUGH!!

    • j.martindale

      Yeah, the kid will always feel some shame for the death. And it isn’t the kid’s fault.

      • Todd20036

        No, it’s Harmon’s fault and the kid’s dad’s fault.

        • Chucktech

          And, assuming the kid didn’t deliberately shoot this asshole and was unfamiliar with guns in the first place, this little episode might dissuade him from any ammosexual tendencies.

          • Todd20036

            My thoughts exactly. I doubt the kid was murderous. He was handed a gun, and he squeezed the trigger thinking the safety was on, or at least the gun was unloaded.

            Daddy is going to have to talk to a few policemen about why he didn’t check the gun as well if his son was about to hold it.

          • clay

            the kid shouldn’t have had his finger on the trigger, at all, so it’s clearly an example of adults failing to train and supervise him. If they let him put his finger on the trigger, simply shifting hands could have been enough pull.

          • Todd20036

            There were several mistakes made. Inexperience is a valid excuse given that the boy was under the impression that there were 2 responsible adults with him.

            Unfortunately, he was wrong.

    • Rob NYNY

      A lot of guns don’t have safeties any more, and can even be fired without being cocked.

      • Todd20036

        That makes it worse.
        Mr. Gun Expert should have never given the gun to a boy in the first place.

      • Bad Tom

        Why in the world was THIS change made??

  • ColoMtnWoman

    Too bad…so sad… Karma

  • PickyPecker
  • GayOldLady

    Here’s a perfect example of the saying “he never saw that one coming”.

    • CanuckDon

      Who knew that’s what those things did. Just thought it was a showpiece.

      • Todd20036

        I’ll bet he was showing it to give the kid some normalcy about holding a firearm.

        I bet that kid will never hold a gun again in his life.

        • clay

          Don’t bet on that. Trauma, and life, is just not that “clean”.

          • Todd20036

            I disagree. He inadvertently killed a man, and his father will have to explain himself to police.

            I cannot tell what he is thinking, but I doubt it was: COOOLLL!!!!!!

          • clay

            That wouldn’t be the only motivation to touching a gun.

          • OdieDenCO

            you assume to know the psychological make up of the boy. I’ve met several miscreants that would have said cool.

          • Todd20036

            Were they miscreants at 16? That’s pretty sad.

          • OdieDenCO

            yes! One of my best friends was shot at by one. Lucky the bullet missed.

          • Todd20036

            Shit!

          • TampaDink

            I would hope that you are right but one of my dad’s 1st cousins accidentally shot & killed his little brother (shooter was 16, victim was 9). Although I suspect that played a part in his screwed up life, he never missed a chance to play around with loaded weapons. Like when he went after the man who his wife was leaving him for, on a high speed chase, firing off rounds at another moving vehicle….most likely while he was drunk off his ass. He lived to be 70, which was surprising.

        • Chucktech

          I’ll bet he was showing it to give the kid some normalcy about holding a firearm.

          “Hey, kid, stop being such a little faggot and hold this. See? Don’t that make ya feel more like a man?”

          Blam!

    • james1200

      But we did, lol!

    • Oikos

      Or “bet he won’t do that again.” 😉

    • greenmanTN

      Or as my dad would say when he was driving and a big bug would splatter on the windshield, “I bet he doesn’t have the guts to try that again!”

      • perversatile

        My Dad’s favorite-
        ”You know how to get five pounds of meat out of a fly?
        (then he would un-zip his pants)

        • greenmanTN

          My mom once walked in on me spanking the monkey. There was this huge embarrasing moment when I’m hunched over the toilet bowl and she said “I’ll let you finish,” like THAT was gonna happen!

          But she did say, “Well at least you take after your daddy because I saw your uncle Walter’s (my uncle) once when I walked into their room once in vacation and I don’t even know how they ever had children! Phhh!”

          That’s my family- genteel to a fault.

        • greenmanTN

          My dad did woodworking in his spare time, and I helped. i made lathe-carved candle holders for elementary and jr high school teacher gifts etc.

          But he used to make fun of me a bit too, when I got things wrong. (This isn’t a complaint really, but an observation.) The screwdriver would slip or the nail would get bent and he would say something like “maybe if put some hair around it you coukd hit that target,” an oblique reference to vagina.

          Boy did he have the wrong number!

          But he was very accepting when I came out, so it all comes out in the wash.

  • Kelly Lape

    The only sad thing about this story is a poor kid having to live with it.

    As for the dead Republican, he’s now a good Republican.

  • geoffalnutt

    I’m sorry, but “ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha!!!!!” I’m really sick of the gun-humpers. He got his due. The evil fuck.

    • Todd20036

      Yeah, but the boy paid a price for it

  • Eric Lewis

    Sending thoughts & prayers. (Isn’t that what conservatives say about gun deaths)

  • JW Swift

    There’s a joke here about showing-off to a teenage boy the item that so, so many of us view as a surrogate for one’s dick, but I’m not coming up with it.

    • Soetoro Marx

      And that it “went off while the 16-year-old was handling it.”

      Nope. Not going there.

  • Blake Mason

    You think his son will think deferentially about guns? Too late maybe… considering he is in his teens.

  • kanehau

    Just in time for this years Darwin Award.

  • Mark

    I feel sorry for the teenager, who will live with this the rest of his life.

    • that was my first thought. hopefully, as 16 is advanced enough to know one’s own mind, he’ll learn the right lesson from this. as well as how stupid his dad and dad’s buddy are, playing with guns.

  • Sam_Handwich

    out of your cold, dead hands. etc and whatnot

    • JW Swift

      Actually, no prying involved. Apparently he was more than happy to willingly hand-over the “piece” to this young boy…

      • Todd20036

        Yeah, even Heston would have been scratching his head over that one.

    • Rex

      They’re cold now. Just like his heart always was.

  • Blake Mason

    for once… Thank you 2016…

  • TheManicMechanic

    Excellent. May 2017 be filled with conservatards dying of stupidity.

  • Michael R

    He seems …. dead .

    • Todd20036

      He seems nice, dead.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    2016, trying to make amends

  • Treant

    At least this one killed a complicit party instead of an innocent toddler.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/db4855bdac0fcf78b69dbe89c61c669c41624e78b653f71416473f5756fb85b5.gif

  • Mr. M

    I’m going to TRY and take Michelle Obama’s advice of “when they go low, we go high”, but it’s taking every fiber of being to not lol to this…

    • Michael White

      Those in the basket don’t get the nuance of Ms. Obama. If we are going to win we need to be as dirty as they.

    • GayOldLady

      What she meant by that is: “if they kick us in the shins, we punch them in the mouth.”

      • TuuxKabin

        Or balls on the men.

    • Chucktech

      Oh, come on down here to the gutter, it’s fun this time!

  • Bill

    Well, he died how he lived:

    A fucking idiot.

    Godspeed, fool.

  • Jerry Kott

    Deux Ex Machina?

  • Oikos
  • TK
    • Chucktech

      LOL!

  • Michael White

    Live by violence, die by violence. With the death of a hater another Queer angel gets its wings.

  • Secure

    Were his last words blaming this on same-sex marriage?

    • Chucktech

      They certainly weren’t “Maybe guns in the home isn’t such a hot idea…”

    • Todd20036

      Maybe it was: Damn you, Obama!

      • Silver Badger

        Probably wasn’t “thanks Obama”.

  • fastlanestranger

    The Lord yanked him home before he could do more damage.

    • Chucktech

      The Lord let him scatter his shit for over 70 years. Thanks a whole fuckin’ lot, Dear Lord…

      • fastlanestranger

        It’s that whole “time doesn’t mean anything to our Heavenly Father thing”. He’s a bit slow on the uptake because of it. This ant farm is a major mess because of it.

  • Richard B

    Poetic natural selection .

  • Blake Mason

    OT… Didn’t know her but I am sure I have watch her on General Hospital

    Barbara Tarbuck, ‘General Hospital’ Actress, Dead At 74

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/barbara-tarbuck-dead-dies_us_586665a0e4b0de3a08f7fb5d

  • cleos_mom

    I’m sure I’m not the only one noticing that this appeared right after Matt Baume’s “there was SOME good news this year.” Sometimes things just fall into place.

    • Christopher

      Yeah, put the two headlines together and they’re perfect!

  • medaka

    Not sad. But happy to live where there are very, very few guns.

  • Ninja0980

    Here’s another 2016 death I won’t feel bad about.

  • Mike C
  • Larry in Oklahoma

    “I view threats to that freedom as seriously as I do threats to my right to vote, or speak freely, or worship as I please,” he wrote.”

    So he hands a loaded gun to someone so they can snuff out his life and, effectively, this perceived threat became real and killed him through his own stupidity. Maybe he should have thought a little more about his safety?

  • abqdan

    No loss to humanity. Darwin wins again!

    • joe ho

      No. He already reproduced several times.

  • Etranger

    Sometimes we have little glimpses of evidence of karma. they are rare. Of course, this is awful for the teenage boy to have to deal with his entire life. But the world as a whole is just microscopically better.

  • Boss Dave

    Wow, showing a 16 yr old boy his “gun”?

    “This is my rifle, this is my gun…”

    • Silver Badger

      Worse yet, his “gun” went off while the 16 year old kid was holding it. (must wash mind) (soonish)

      • Boss Dave

        I strongly suspect the 16 yr old’s “gun” was being fondled when the pistol went off.

    • carrot festival

      Should a stuck to gladiators…

  • Lakeview Bob

    The only tragic part is the 16 year old will have to live with this the rest of his life. I hope the boy has lost interest in guns.

  • IamM

    Is there a reward fund for the boy?

  • Rex

    Live by the gun, die by the gun.

    • Christopher

      “Pew, pew, pew.”

      I want to live and die by laser guns!

  • Rex

    Guns don’t kill people.
    Ah, yeah, they do.

  • hdtex

    A late entry into the 2016 Darwin Awards….Culling the Herd Category

    • Oikos

      Only if he had no kids of his own.

    • joe ho

      Unfortunately he reproduced several times.

      “Harmon is survived by his wife, three children from a previous marriage, two stepchildren and several grandchildren.”

      • Reality.Bites

        I’m sure he was widowed. Divorce offends the sanctity of marriage.

  • tcinsf

    My concern is for the kid.

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      I hope this poor boy does not go through life riddled with guilt.
      (There’s no need.)

      • Silver Badger

        Let’s all hope that it is guilt on his mind. There are worse emotions. Joy comes to mind.

        • Dreaming Vertebrate

          It’s bad to feel joyful when a conservative whack job runs into karma?
          Oops – my bad!
          /s

          • Silver Badger

            No, you misunderstood me. It’s bad to feel joyful after “accidentally” shooting an old man. As an old man, I feel qualified to make this statement.

      • DJ John Bear

        Better he should be riddled with guilt than riddled with bullets…

      • Bj Lincoln

        I hope his parents get him some counseling to recover from killing an ass hole.

        • Reality.Bites

          His parents associated with this dead prick. I assume they were likeminded (but I didn’t read the details in the article, so forgive me if they’re actually innocent)

  • Mark Glenn

    He died doing what he loved…..

  • Blake Mason

    god’s will be done…gAymen.

  • Lazycrockett
  • Cackalaquiano

    That poor kid now has to process seeing this asshole shoot himself. Good grief.

  • BearEyes

    good riddance to this very selfish and self centred prick – rights for me, but not for thee.
    Hope the boy won’t be scarred by this.

  • That Jesus, I tell you. If his eye hadn’t been on the sparrow, he might have protected this jerk.

  • Silver Badger

    As Mr. Harmon would have considered me to be a pervert, I suppose it would be ok to take a bit of perverse satisfaction in the incident.

  • pj

    last week here in arizona a 5 year old boy found a gun in his home and shot his 3 year old brother to death. it was right before christmas. it was so deeply sad to hear this story. and yet a horror like this never seems to change anything. i wonder if my daughter is somewhere where there is a gun and someone shoots her. we are all living a nightmare so some people can have their toys.

    • Chucktech

      pj, if shooting up a grammar school full of babies didn’t do it, nothing will.

    • Reality.Bites

      There are stories that sadden me.

      Deaths of children from firearms in the house they had access to no longer sadden me.

  • LovesIrony

    I feel no obligation to be respectful of a man that wanted to deny me equal rights, so bye fucking bye you bigot

    • BudClark

      Even the WORMS won’t eat HIM!

      • Orion Dumptee

        lobster bait ?

  • Sam_Handwich

    comments on the first linked article are closed

    comment on his Obergefell tantrum are still open.

  • Christopher
  • clay

    “I view threats to that freedom as seriously as I do threats to my right to vote, or speak freely, or worship as I please,”

    So, if ANY citizen ANY where in the US is denied a gun for ANY reason, it’s as if YOU aren’t allowed to vote, or a violation of your most precious idol?

    What if MANY citizens in MANY places in the US are denied the right to vote, does it feel like someone from the government stole your gun?

    No, I didn’t think so.

  • pj

    anti gay no more.

  • BudClark

    Ba-Da-BOOM!!

  • Friday

    All those years in the NRA, didn’t catch a basic safety class, apparently.

    • Cuberly

      The weapon stored while loaded? Handing said weapon to a non-qualified stranger?

      Yep, he was a fool.

    • Bert_Bauer

      “Whaddya know? We CAN pry it from you cold, dead hand!”

  • canoebum

    A firearm, especially a handgun, is not a trophy, it’s a lethal tool. You don’t take it out of the case and show it off to people. For a Second Amendment guy, he didn’t seem to possess the common sense necessary to own a firearm. My pistol is only seen by other people when I’m either 1) at the range or 2) in the woods. Otherwise, no one ever sees it. When cleaning time comes, I go in my room and close the door.

    • Friday

      Well, speaking of basic safety, at least everyone’s supposed to know you 1) Make doubly-sure it’s unloaded, and 2) Treat it like it’s loaded anyway.

    • Reality.Bites

      I go to my room and close the door when I clean out my pistol too.

      Ever since the first time my mother caught me doing it in the bathroom.

      • canoebum

        Good one!

  • Mrs. Councillor Nugent

    Extra point for which movie the swinging light https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWgIOb_U2Hcbulb riffs:

    • Texndoc

      Psycho

      • Mrs. Councillor Nugent

        Bingo!

  • usorthem3

    Now he is dead so my legal marriage to my husband will no longer effect his life.

    • Reality.Bites

      Does that mean you’ll divorce now? 😉

      • That_Looks_Delicious

        Nah, we’ve already got a few tornadoes, earthquakes and droughts booked for 2017. Gotta keep the gay weather machine going.

    • Todd20036

      That Freak of nature wasn’t killed by something he despised and feared, but something he SHOULD have despised and feared.

      Go figure.

  • AW

    More of this please and thank you.

  • Rebecca Gardner
  • JaniceInToronto

    Jesus must have wanted to talk to him in person.

    • ByronK

      It reminds me of one of my favourite things my mom said to my dad after calling up from the basement to help with something and he was grumbing. “I just called you up here to tell you one thing – fuck off!!”

  • Ray Page

    I feel sorry for the boy. Harmon, not so much.

  • Charlie

    Not exactly the most satisfying “BANG” to end annus horribilis given all the good people lost…but maybe this foreshadows 2017 and the future untimely end to some of the deplorables who enjoy making our lives miserable

  • boobert

    Hmm? Did a right wing, gun toting,anti gay try some hanky panky with a 16 yo? Wouldn’t be the first time, lol

    • Dirk Prophet

      Come here boy. Have a look at my gun.

  • Mr. Belvedere

    “Here boy, check out this gun, this is what all the liberals and the queers want to prevent you from having, by the way you should join the NR-”
    *bang!*
    *slump*

  • ByronK

    I can’t really comment on this without sounding a) like I’m gloating over someone’s death and b) I have a filthy mind. Alone, each one of those is not such a bad thing depending on the circumstances.

    • William

      May I have this dance?

      • TrollopeReader

        may I cut in?

        • ByronK

          Or a trango!

          • ByronK

            Oh who am I kidding. You’re the only once that gets to dance on the inflatable mattress 😉

      • ByronK

        But of course! You do know how to tangle don’t you. I mean tango 😉

    • Reality.Bites

      Look, after Carrie and Debbie and everyone (and everything) that’s happened before this in 2016 I think this is the best news of the month.

  • John P.

    Oopsie!

  • ceeenbee

    “We’re made of sterner stuff than that.”

    …but not stern enough to stop a bullet I guess.

  • Dirk Prophet

    Gun owners should take responsibility for what happens with their unsecured guns. That was precooked here.

  • David

    I bet it was self defense. The 71 year old pervert was probably trying to molest him.

    • Tiger Quinn

      A lot of people are asking that question.

      • Reality.Bites

        The best people.

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    This story really doesn’t make sense as presented. I think it more likely that the son told his dad about the sexual abuse by Mr. Harmon, or dad found out about it, and the two paid him a fatal visit.

    • TuuxKabin

      Thanks. Gonna run with that.

  • Tiger Quinn

    That’s…unfortunate? No, that’s not the right word….

    • William

      Thinning the herd.

      • Reality.Bites

        Pigs don’t herd.

        • Todd20036

          No. We wallow.

  • Skokieguy [Larry]

    I’m so tired of reporting, (looking at you Portland Press Herald, not JMG) that uses the phrase “the gun went off”.

    Guns are not like Samsung cell phones. They do not spontaneously malfunction or fire. Either Harmon or the boy FIRED the gun. It obviously was accidental, but they fired the gun or actively did somethng that fired the gun.

    The gun nuts always say ‘guns don’t kill people, people kill people’ until theirs an accidental shooting and then suddenly, ‘the gun went off’.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      Eggsactly !

    • Reality.Bites

      Skokieguy [Larry]’s Post, The Musical

      But Rico went a bit to far

      Tony sailed across the bar

      And then the punches flew and chairs were smashed in two

      There was blood and a single gun shot

      But just who shot who?

    • Christopher Smith

      Just like ‘she GOT HERSELF PREGNANT.’

  • Ernest Endevor

    Poor kid. He has to live with this now.

  • Dot Beech

    Killed by his own short-sightedness and his own negligence.

    I hope the boy’s family relentlessly sues the estate for the suffering he is going to endure for the rest of his life, even though he is not at all responsible for this death.

  • JDS
    • CottonBlimp

      That poor kitty. Getting his tail yanked AND having to pick glasses out of his teeth.

  • StillALiberal

    I saw this video for the first time on another JMG thread just yesterday, It was hilarious. Worth re-posting under the circumstances..
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zCicbauLVc

  • Halou

    The only way to stop gun deaths is for people to carry more guns.
    The NRA taught me that, and they never get things wrong.

  • TrollopeReader

    the 16 year-old learned a lesson. so did his dad and the columnist.

    • Reality.Bites

      Pretty sure the columnist’s forgotten it already. The knowledge went in and out of his brain like. Gee, I don’t know. What’s something that goes through a brain really fast. No, not a thought. None of those there.

  • Karma’s a bitch!

  • Talisman

    While I’m for term limits for SCOTUS Justices (I think 25 years), I believe that subjecting the Justices to election introduces too much politics into the system. That’s the main reason that the Founding Fathers decided to have them appointed, so that they maintain a separation between Court and politics.

    Even if Scalia proved that you can still be all-out partisan and still be a Justice.

    • Hue-Man

      Move to Canada. All federal judges have mandatory retirement at 75. Some provinces and territories are at age 70.

      I know some people love their jobs but I have absolutely no desire to work into my 80s. (I know, wait until I’m 79…)

      • Reality.Bites

        I have no problem with someone working as long as they want. Betty White can work forever as far as I’m concerned. The difference is, no one has to hire her and if she’s hired for a project, they can fire her. Mandatory retirement is necessary for what would otherwise be a lifetime appointment.

        As I’m sure you know, but others here won’t, our (appointed) senators also must retire at 75. Just imagine if the Americans could have gotten rid of Jesse Helms 45 years before he croaked.

  • RKitty01

    Oops

  • bambinoitaliano

    That’s the sad reality of many who buys into the concept of owning guns mean automatically they will be protected. They do not take the time to learn the safety and precaution of owning a piece of arm, let alone learning and continue to practice the use of one.

  • LovesIrony

    the gun is mightier than the bigot’s pen

  • mikeinrkfd

    Was he rubbing the barrel and it just went off?

    • TrollopeReader

      no, no!! That was Bob Marshall on the other thread !!

  • rusty57

    First, I’d like to offer my sympathy to the family and friends of Mr Harmon and the young man who was holding the gun when it discharged.
    Second, This tragedy was entirely avoidable. The very first thing I learned in a hunter safety class when I was 14 was to treat every gun as if it was loaded. You only take the safety off if you’re going to pull the trigger.
    Mr Harmon certainly had a right to own a firearm, he had no right to behave in so irresponsible a fashion.

    • Reality.Bites

      I couldn’t give a shit about his family. Why?

      They were his family. I have a cousin who’s an NRA member. When he told me I turned away and shunned him. Zero tolerance for this shit. Your husband’s a gun nut? leave him and take the kids. Don’t put up with it. Don’t let it in your house or near you.

  • William

    If only Harmon had a gun to protect himself.
    Oh wait.

  • The Professor

    Darwin. Karma. Gets ya every time.

  • Frenchys House Party

    Good riddance to bad rubbish I say…

  • William
  • nocadrummer

    Karma. It’s called “Karma.”

  • karmanot

    Well….moving right along….NEXT!

  • jomicur

    “conservative thinker” is a contradiction in terms.

  • Gerry Fisher

    “I view threats to that freedom as seriously as I do threats to my right to vote, or speak freely, or worship as I please,” said the guy who opposed the Freedom to Marry. They say anything to maintain power, status, and their bank accounts. It really is useless to argue with them, because, as their getting in line for Trump has demonstrated, they don’t mean any of it. The logic of their arguments is a means to an unspoken end.

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    This is why gun owners should at least be forced to have insurance. If we can have car insurance be mandatory then gun insurance should be as well.

  • TimJ

    An anti-gay columnist “showing IT to a teenage boy”? Hmmm. I don’t even need to read the article now.

  • edrex

    so the gun did what it was designed to do.

  • ClevelandJim

    Omg, I just CAN’T handle another death this year! Oh, wait…

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Finally, some good news in 2016. Nope, not going even consider apologizing for enjoying the death of a vile and wholly disgusting individual. If this offends someone, be offended; I’m done being nice or kindly or even understanding where these ‘things’ are concerned.

    Note: I was going to use rats but chose ‘things’ because rats don’t deserve to be insulted in such a fashion.

  • TuuxKabin

    Live by the ‘wha’ ev’s, die by the same . . . ‘ Too bad.

  • ikahana

    Pity

  • edrex

    ot: my car battery died yesterday. will 2016 never end?

    • TuuxKabin

      Need a push?

      • edrex

        funny. it happened literally 20 min before loading up for a cross state road trip. so we were delayed a bit, but the car is fully charged now.

        • Ben in Oakland

          that was the problem, it was a cross trip. Should have been a star of david trip. we’re god’s choseb, doncha know?

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      OMNEG! I actually LOL’d

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Hey Joe, shouldn’t that headline read: “Teen shoots load in anti-gay bigot”

    I know, I’m evil.

    • David

      16 year old shoots load into 71 year old pervert.

  • edrex

    guns don’t kill people. 16 year olds kill people.

  • xzargo

    The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away, thanks be to God.

  • Ben in Oakland

    Your relrigious liberties stop where you don’t have to get gay married yourself.
    Would this be a good time to quote White Jeebus? “He who lives by the sword shall die by the sword?”

  • Ben in Oakland

    I feel very bad for the boy. It’s something he will have to live with.
    The homobigot gun-lover? Well, just remember never ot have a loaded firearm, and oppose any requirement on firearm safety to have one.

  • Greg B.

    It’s not a bullet wound, it’s a freedom hole.

    • David

      And it wasn’t a gun. It was a Jesus Love Stick.

  • Darwin Award

    • Statistics Palin

      I’m sure he’s already spawned or budded or whatever these lunatics do for reproduction.

      • Ben in Oakland

        mitosis.

  • Stogiebear

    Precious little snowflakes wanted a constitutional amendment to protect their safe places from triggering. Indeed, such “sterner stuff” that.

  • witch

    Feel sorry for the teen, hope he gets help

    • Bad Tom

      It will mark him indelibly.
      It will burst into his mind at random times until the day he dies.

  • Natty Enquirer

    “Other than that, how do like the gun, son?”

  • margaretpoa

    Who knew that “sterner stuff” means whining like a bunch of babies every time they didn’t get their way?

  • Richard

    Schadenfreude !

  • M Jackson

    He will not be missed.

  • CottonBlimp

    I hate how newspapers report shooting deaths like they’re just some senseless tragedy. This stupid fucker was criminally negligent and lethally irresponsible, and while it’s fortunate that, this time, HE was the one who paid the ultimate price, his immature gun-fondling has made some poor kid a secondary victim.

  • EqualityForAll

    I don’t own a gun (yet,) but I just may be forced to buy one over the course of the next year.

    Still, as little as I know about guns, I do recall learning as a kid that you should never hand scissors over to someone with the sharp ends pointed in the wrong direction. Based on that simple lesson, I would assume that you should never hand someone a pistol with the barrel pointed in your own direction. Have I passed gun handling 101?

    • Ben in Oakland

      No, you failed it miserably.
      The first rule is never handle a gun without first checking to make sure it is not loaded. The second is never handle a loaded gun unless you plan on shooting it.

    • Ben in Oakland

      but I like you anyway. :0)

  • James

    Just another American killed by a child with a gun. Nothing to see here.

  • zhera

    I for one always make sure that the gun is loaded when I hand it over to a teenager. Isn’t that the right way?

    I feel for the boy. The dead guy can shove his penis enhancement up is his very dead ass.

  • romanhans

    > Harmon was known as a conservative thinker

    Well, they’re half right.

  • Reality.Bites

    What a pity he didn’t show someone else the gun 20 years ago.

  • MattPS

    At the risk of sounding crass: This is one 2016 death which isn’t eliciting any tears from me.

  • Mike Knife

    Finally some good news.

  • bmoore4026

    I know several of you don’t believe in God, but my mother does. And whenever I go on about the injustices done on gay people, she often goes: “Be patient. God shows His justice at His own time.” I doubt she meant a gun going off, but one takes what one gets.

  • https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/766e22a1c8ae6bf44ff4f971916b3dc4161157d7fa9a87279b27f6757483c0cd.jpg While I’m fine with the karma involved, as a family therapist I think about how messed up the teen is going to be in terms of wrongly feeling responsible for killing another human.

    • Bert_Bauer

      He’s hero. Maybe we should give him an award?

  • jonfromcalifornia

    Somehow the words “conservative” and “thinker” just do NOT go together.

  • andrew

    Sounds like an appropriate ending to his story.

  • Bill Harnsberger

    No tears from Me. I was his target.

    Not by his gun, but by his toxic, lie-filled, extremist rants against the LGBT community. Every week for years and years he’d pump out the latest bullshit in his Portland Press Herald column (I subscribe to the paper, which otherwise is a good one) from whatever fake news sources (including lots of hypocritical Bible cherrypicking) caught his eye or his own rancid and fact-free opinions.

    Whenever a gay rights vote would come up, either in the legislature or via referendum, he was always on the front lines railing about how people like me were undeserving of equal rights for the most bullshit reasons. That the Press Herald kept this jerk on the payroll for so long defied their mission to shed light on issues, not darkness.

    And to think his life ended because he didn’t follow the gun safety rules that he sniffed so pompously about. Of course I’m a responsible gun owner because something something Second Amendment. Harmon was killed not by a 16-year-old kid but by his own stupid negligence.

    And now we’re going to see a bunch of accolades thrown in his direction. How he was a “dedicated, principled” and “was a mainstay of the newspaper business for 40 years” and blah blah blah. But at the end of the day, he was a decades-long hate peddler. I offer my condolences to his family and those who will mourn his loss. But I won’t be among them. He was a well-poisoner. And in the end he was felled by his own negligence around guns—an issue on which which he claimed superiority over the so-called liberal gun-control bedwetters he hated with unwavering virulence.

  • pebouky

    oops there goesss another rubber tree plant…………….(maybe he can join Scalia in hell)

  • What a self-entitled douchebag. It was all about HIS rights, and screw everyone else (like LGBT people). Good riddance. #PoeticJustice

  • Bryan

    Door, arse, watch for it, arseprints, don’t forget your Darwin award on the way to oblivion. I look forward to celebrating your festering corpse.

  • Luddite

    Finally! Some GOOD news from 2016, This evil piece of shit Harmon is dead and the world is a much better place without him.

  • Bryan

    But…couldn’t he have done us a larger favor and been standing in front of LePuke when he was holding it and gotten rid of him by proxy?

  • JCF

    I got nuthin’.

    Other than

    R(epent)

    In

    P(urgatory)

  • 3-Star

    2016 finally made the right choice!

  • Bert_Bauer

    When’s the viewing? I’m kind of plegmy and I’d hate to waste it on the sidewalk.

  • labman57

    35-caliber karma.

  • JPH

    Peace out homie.

  • Piona O.

    Gawd, there is such a pedophilic aura around this story.

  • Da Spud Lord

    Several supporters of gun control—whom I will not dignify with a link—seem quite gleeful that a staunch advocate of the Second Amendment was killed in such a manner. They’re already holding this up as an example of their theory that, “guns are too dangerous to own.” The reality, of course, is that firearms are only as safe or as dangerous as they are treated, just like any other complex tool. Complacency kills.

    -DarkGoldenMan, someone whom I highly agree with.

    We have enough gun control. What we need is idiot control.

  • Jan

    The Maine “news” site PressHerald.com disabled public comments on this story. Most stories they publish are commentable. But for this story PH shut it off.

  • Jan

    and what right-sign gay hate job doesn’t think boys are to die for?

  • Jimmy R

    “You can touch mine if I can touch yours.”

  • Charles Baldwin

    I’m sorry for the teenager. “Peace be with him”. Peace be with the family as well.
    As for “The Basher Gun Nut”, FOAD….

  • Marides48

    A demonstration of how a person can be killed/wounded by their own gun by someone they know.

  • EDinMCO

    Seems appropriate. His family should rejoice that he died doing what he loved best: fondling his guns.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      More precisely, letting a teenage boy fondle his gun.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    2016 comes through for once! Yay!!!!!

  • S.M.A.R.T.

    Karma is a killer. Those gunsterbators and ammosexuals and gun addicts are too much into their addiction to pay attention to the fact that a gun in the home is twelve times more likely to be used on a resident than on an intruder. Until that happens, those idiots will keep killing and getting killed, making their homes the most dangerous places in the country. What makes someone such a coward that they they think they have to have a gun closely. Just a bunch of p*ssies. Normal people are brave enough to be able to function without a security blankie/gun nearby.

  • Maggie 4NoH8

    F.i.t.t.i.n.g.