Dad to Daughter’s Laptop: ‘Bang Bang, You’re Dead’

February 16, 2012 | By | Comments (7)

In the eight days since a fed-up North Carolina dad who shot up his teenage daughter’s laptop with a .45-caliber pistol uploaded a YouTube video that documents the incident, more than 25 million viewers—parents and children alike—have watched him pump eight bullets into the computer.

“That right there is your laptop. You see it’s out there on the ground. This right here is my .45,” Tommy Jordan says, as his gun comes into view on the edge of the screen.


“That was the first round.,” he says, continuing to shoot as he speaks conversationally. “These are exploding hollow point rounds, and you have to pay me back for these too, because these are about a dollar apiece.”

Seven more bullets, and it’s all over. Jordan settles into a chair, faces the camera and addresses his daughter. “Just for the record? Whenever you’re not grounded, whatever year that happens to be, you can have a new laptop—when you buy a new laptop,” he says. “Hope you’ve enjoyed your little fiasco on Facebook. Hope it was worth all this.”

Have you seen the video? Among those who have, opinion has been sharply divided about whether Jordan, angry over a disrespectful note his 15-year-old daughter wrote on Facebook, did the right thing by publicly posting his own eight-minute rant in response.

“Everyone who says the dad is a monster and cries about the laptop getting shot is guaranteed younger then 18 years old,” a YouTube commenter named Caelistas wrote this morning.

“He seems like the type of guy that beats his dog when it does something wrong,” wrote a commenter named KingCrimson4000.

What do you think? Have you ever been so frustrated with a child’s behavior that you wanted to shoot bullets into a laptop or an iPhone or a video game console? What did you do instead?

(image via YouTube)