There was a reference in this article to "Dirty Harry", the figure from the 1971 movie by Don Siegel, as an example of a "loose cannon". While this was apparently the opinion of his superiors, it rather seems that the figure is meant to represent a traditional cop faced with the new legal privileges now granted to suspects of crime by the Supreme court in the 1960s. And to the extent that the public is invited to take sides, it would rather be the conservative one.22.214.171.124 13:49, 29 September 2007 (UTC).
If I were nominating a fictional character for an example of "loose cannon" it would have to be Vic Mackey of The Shield. It would be better to have historical examples from newspaper or other archival citations. Naaman Brown (talk) 02:08, 17 February 2009 (UTC)
Does anyone else feel that the Disambiguation for "Loose Cannon" should include a link to the Wikipedia page of the late Brian Pillman, a professional wrestler who was referred to as The Loose Cannon during his in-ring career.? SubzeroWrestling (talk) 20:37, 21 February 2008 (UTC)
While having a loose cannon during a storm is bad, I'm fairly sure it's loose cannons during battle that are the origin of the expression (recoil and all, with people running around in the midsection carrying gunpowder and heavy munitions). --SB_Johnny | talk 13:01, 30 November 2009 (UTC)