Moron Posts Videos Of Himself Terrorizing People With A BB Gun, Is Summarily Arrested

from the enjoy-prison,-dumbass dept

In the pantheon of dumb criminals we’ve covered at Techdirt, we’ve already handed out awards for dumbest criminal, best dumb criminal in college, and criminal with the most hubris ever. While most crimes wouldn’t qualify as “funny” per se, I have to admit that I rarely am genuinely angry at any of these idiots. It’s more along the lines of head-shaking and chuckling at the stupidity of it all.

But not with this guy, who somehow thought it’d be a laugh to videotape himself threatening people with a pellet gun and pretending to rob them, then uploading the videos to the internet. His victims, obviously, didn’t know it wasn’t a real firearm. The criminal, obviously, is a sociopath.

Twenty-one-year-old Daron Stinson is facing a host of felonies after he “pretended” to rob and shoot at frightened pedestrians with a pellet gun that looked like a handgun. In one video he points his gun at a 51-year-old man salting a sidewalk and demands the man load it in his trunk. Stinson also posted multiple videos on Instagram of himself shooting the pellet gun as his victims react with terror.

I’m not posting any videos of Stinson’s uploads, because I don’t want to give even a moment of time to his horrifically unabashed asshole-ish-ness. Seriously, it’s these types of people that make me want to believe in Hell, just so I have some place to put them.

“He considers it funny,” Rodney Stinson, his father, told NBC 10. “He does a lot of other things. Nothing with the gun is funny. Nothing. I don’t consider it funny.”

Well, good for you. None of us do, either. Fortunately, thanks to his own uploads, Stinson was arrested and will hopefully be facing a prison sentence and the life-long stigma of being a convicted felon. I can’t help but think back to a recent post about an innocent child being shot dead in Georgia for the crime of holding a Wii controller, yet this jackass doesn’t get nabbed in Philly until he uploads videos of his own crimes to the internet?

Enjoy prison, jerk!

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art guerrilla (profile) says:

Re: Re:

well, a BBQ gun would be great: shooting some smoked pork products directly into my mouth ? sign me up !

i might pick one nit with the article: BB guns and pellet guns are not the same, there are some combo bb/pellet guns, but usually it is one or the tother…

technically, i think they both come in a couple sizes, but the bb’s are generally round shot about 1/8″ in diameter, while the pellets are lead slugs about 3/16″-1/4″ wide/deep (.177 ‘caliber’ if i recall correctly), usually with a hollowed center for the air to propel it in a stable fashion…

for most ‘normal’ bb/pellet guns, you would be hard-pressed to kill or seriously injure someone, NOT that it couldn’t be done, but it would be rare/difficult… sure, you could -cue mom’s everywhere- ‘put out an eye’, but mostly it would just sting real bad…
(NOT excusing the idiot’s behavior, just giving an idea of the ‘risk’ associated with bb/pellet guns for those not familiar with them… again, the main fear was that it was a ‘real’ gun, not that the bb/pellets couldn’t do some damage…)

ltlw0lf (profile) says:

Re: Re: "Threatening people with a pellet gun and pretending to rob them"

Every state has a concealed carry law now.

This is correct, though in some states the law specifically states that the government does not regulate or restrict concealed carry, meaning that no permit is required. However, there are many that would argue that there are still 7 states that make it impossible for any legal citizen to receive a permit to carry a concealed weapon (unless they happen to be best buds with the politician who assigns these permits or a huge financial contributor of the current political party in power,) and thus really isn’t in any way helpful for citizens in these states to provide meaningful defense against this situation.

But, contrary to what the anti-gunners would have you believe, very few people carry a gun.

I believe that is kinda the point. If only a few people carry, and you don’t know who, the degree of difficulty in committing a crime is raised. You may be lucky, but when you aren’t, you’re dead. The degree of luck decreases as more states allow unrestricted or sane concealed carry, and while that number will remain small due to most people not carrying, the fact that you can’t really tell who is makes the issue far less “worth it” for a criminal bent on using a weapon to scare the crap out of people.

Anonymous Coward says:

I can’t help but think back to a recent post about an innocent child being shot dead in Georgia for the crime of holding a Wii controller, yet this jackass doesn’t get nabbed in Philly until he uploads videos of his own crimes to the internet?

Well, if police knew about him they probably thought him to be armed and dangerous, and thus stayed far away from him. ‘Officer Safety’ you know! It’s important!

Anonymous Coward says:

I heard this story a few days ago in the news, the guy sure is an idiot. As the Philadelphia police chief said, if any of his ‘victims’ had a gun it would have been perfectly legal for them to shot him to defend themselves. Not to mention he could have caused people to have heart attacks/etc from fear that they’re being robbed and about to be killed.

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