A month after shooting his daughter’s laptop on YouTube in response to her profanity-laced tirade on Facebook, the gun-toting dad appeared on the TODAY show yesterday to discuss how that video has changed his life.
The infamous video has been viewed over 31 million times and has ten times more “likes” than “dislikes”.
“A lot of people took eight minutes and 23 seconds of my life to judge me, and they took about 30 seconds of those where I read Hannah’s note to judge her,” Jordan told TODAY’s Matt Lauer on Wednesday. “I have a great daughter. She made a mistake that day. I made a mistake that day. I stand behind what I did, but the consequences were a lot larger than what hers were.”
“We got home, (and) we talked about it,” Hannah Marie told Lauer. “We went our separate ways after a while, but we came back together. We were laughing about it soon afterwards. I think he overreacted a little bit, but I understand.”
Hannah Marie’s stepmother, Dr. Amy Jordan, said her husband’s not a hot-head.
“People may look at that video that don’t know him or us and think we’re just completely uneducated country people, and that’s not the case,” Amy Jordan said. “He’s very intelligent. He’s very thoughtful. He rarely does anything without thinking it through or even consulting me on a lot of occasions, and this wasn’t any different.”
Does Tommy have any regrets?
“Considering what’s come of it and the national and almost international conversation that it sparks, no I don’t,” he told Savannah Guthrie.
Would he do it again?
“It would be a tough decision to know what I know now,” he told Guthrie. “It’s brought a lot of stress on my family. I’m sure I’d have to weigh, ‘Is the international story that seems to be talked about more important than my family’s peace of mind?’ So that would be tough.”
“I think all of this has happened for a reason and we just have to kind of follow where it leads and make something good out of it,” Amy said.
There was an added bonus. Tommy produced Hannah Marie’s hard drive on TODAY Wednesday, saying that he had removed it before shooting the laptop so she wouldn’t lose her personal data.
“Everybody assumed that this was a hot-headed rage when I did this, but just for proof, here’s Hannah’s hard drive,” he said. “There was a little bit of thought in it.”
Check out the full TODAY show segment below.