This story has been making the rounds. Old school pick up artist Gunwitch was arrested a few days ago for shooting a 20-year-old woman in the face at a New Year’s Eve party. Reports are that she survived but I imagine is pretty deformed.
Gunwitch is most famous for having his own chapter in The Game and being one of the first proponents of being upfront and direct with women. His favorite motto was, “Make the ho say no.” His personality was regularly a feature on the Barry Kirkey Show years ago, where he came off as an eccentric, slightly-insane, angry but funny redneck who loved chasing women and loved guns. He imparted listeners with epic stories about gun fights in Vegas, bar brawls and how he was once shot when he was 13. When I saw this I can’t say I was surprised or ever doubted its authenticity (in case you’re wondering, users from his website called the jail where he’s being held and confirmed it is actually him).
It’s too easy to make the obligatory PUA jokes here about negs or IOD’s. That’s poor taste. Some girl got shot and almost died. Regardless of our many gripes and frustrations about women in the scene and the sometimes misogynistic ramblings you’ll find from some guys, violence against women in any form has never been supported and is immoral. I don’t care what she did, she didn’t deserve a gunshot to the face. No one does.
Unfortunately, this will be yet another tarnish on a scene that’s been fighting tooth and nail to retain any credibility lately. And unfortunately, this may indirectly affect all of us who used to be involved with PUA or are still tangentially tied to it. A few years ago, there was a lot of hopeful talk about pick up artist teachings being accepted as mainstream and even supported in some cases… but the fact is that hope slowly died when it became apparent how odd and vulgar some of the teachings actually are. Gunwitch’s behavior doesn’t help anybody’s case, and even though we can attribute it to a one-off occurrence by an unstable guy… it will reflect poorly on everybody involved in the community/industry.
Unless Gunwitch can afford a nice lawyer (doubtful) and present some sort of self-defense argument (how shooting a 20-year-old girl in the face can be construed as self defense, I don’t know), then he’s looking at spending most/all of his life in prison. And if he is found guilty in court, I say good riddance.