Jon Gosselin Fired a Gun at a Photographer -- Has He "Hit Rock Bottom"?

The former Jon & Kate Plus 8 star fired a warning shot at a photog trying to take a pic of his cabin

We know you've been wondering: What's going on with Jon Gosselin lately? Just kidding, no one's been wondering that. But when the guy pulls a gun on a photographer, well, it's hard not to take notice.

On Friday, a paparazza (that would be female paparazzi, singular) followed the former Jon & Kate Plus 8 star from his job to his home in Beckersville, Pa. She was reportedly trying to get a picture of the cabin in the woods where Jon lives, four years after his divorce from Kate Gosselin. Ironically, she got a much better photograph when Jon decided to come at her with a gun in his hand. The photographer told TMZ that Gosselin ran toward her, yelled at her for trespassing, pulled the gun from the back of his pants and fired a warning shot. He chased her until she fled the property.

Gosselin defended his actions to TMZ, telling the website that "it is well within my rights under Pennsylvania law when someone is trespassing on private property." He has also declined to press charges against the photographer -- who, in turn, cannot press charges against him, because she was illegally trespassing.

"The message that I take my family's privacy seriously was sent loud and clear," said Gosselin. "I trust that she will respect that in the future."

Okay, we're not thrilled about a father of 10 children carrying a concealed weapon (or even having one in the house). On the other hand, weird stalkers and reckless paparazzi are still obviously a legitimate threat to his family, so we can't entirely blame him.

Prior to Friday's incident, Jon was getting some renewed press attention for hitting "rock bottom." The former reality star is now waiting tables for a living, and lives in a cabin with no Internet or TV. He doesn't seem that concerned, though.

"I've hit rock bottom about 20 times, and then I bounce back again," he told Entertainment Tonight. (Watch the clip below.)

Honestly, this doesn't look like rock bottom to us. Gosselin is working a steady job  making an honest living -- which is far better for his family than scraping together exploitive TV gigs and endorsement deals, as he did after the separation. As for shutting out the media: after all that's happened, can you blame him?

Donna Kaufman is a freelance writer and iVillage contributor. Find her on Twitter and Google+

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