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Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: John Ruiz

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Every parent runs into the problem: what to do with your wee bairn if you have to run out unexpectedly. So when John Ruiz of Albuquerque needed an emergency tattoo, he did what he had to do. He took his 11-year-old daughter to the neighborhood pool, gave her a loaded .22 for protection and left her there. A neighborhood mom noticed the girl with the gat and called the local 5-0 . . .

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Passively Constructed Negligent Discharge Story of the Day: Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day Edition

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Yup it’s a twofer: a Passively Constructed Negligent Discharge Story of the Day and an Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day all in one. The media part of the story comes to us without the slightest editorial hesitation from, starting with the headline: Gun accidentally discharges inside of Froedtert Hospital, deputy suspended. We’ll get to that unnamed deputy in a mo. “A person with a legal concealed carry permit brought a gun inside of [Milwaukee's] Froedtert Hospital Friday, June 27th, but when a deputy tried to confiscate the weapon, it accidentally went off.” I guess it wanted to stay with its owner. Some guns are like that. The JRR Tolkein-esquely-named hospital confirms that . . .

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Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: Dante Stewart

Dante Stewart

Back in the day, after my idiot best friend flipped the bird at a motorist who cut us off, said motorist chased us though North Providence in a Lincoln Continental the size of Lincoln Nebraska. Luckily, my Ford Pinto was more nimble than his behemoth (thank you, Pirelli P3s). If Lincoln guy had caught up with me . . . carrying a gun in a car is not a bad idea. Using it in anger is not. Forgive the pun, but when tempers flare, calm the F down. Advice underlined by the sad case of one Dante Stewart . . .

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Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: Former Richardson County Sheriff’s Deputy Joshua Nincehelser

Scene of the non-crime. OK crime scene, but not the one the Deputy claimed. (courtesy

“In a news release issued [on the day of the incident], the Richardson County Sheriff’s Office said Deputy Nincehelser saw a car stopped on the rural road and approached to offer aid,” reports. “He was trying to talk to the driver when the person behind the wheel produced a semi-automatic pistol and fired several shots at him. Nincehelser returned fire and then got back into his cruiser and chased the car as it sped away. The sheriff’s office said the chase ended within a few miles because Nincehelser couldn’t see adequately through his windshield, which had been shattered by at least three bullets.” In fact . . .

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Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: Charles Shisler

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To the Editors of TTAG,

Click here for a link to an article about someone that I think deserves the IGOTD Award:

1) The alleged shooter accidentally fired the weapon while holding it and managed to kill his neighbor. Thus, he broke all of Jeff Cooper’s four rules for firearm safety.

2) He is a felon who was previously arrested for carrying concealed without a license. But of course he still had an illegal gun.

3) He is quoted as saying, “The damn gun doesn’t usually shoot… You have to squeeze the hell out of the trigger to shoot it.”

4) He also actually told deputies that he was trying to “pick the gun up by its trigger.”

5) He appears to have been intoxicated at the time of the shooting.

In short, he’s a winner. He totally deserves TTAG’s prestigious IGOTD award. [Signed AM]

Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: Un-named Miami Police Officer

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Transparency. It’s a good thing, not a bad thing. Especially when you’re talking about public servants who have a remarkable tendency to abuse the power bestowed upon them by their fellow citizens. Double especially when these public servants are in possession of firearms. So here’s a huge Bronx cheer to all those police departments who refuse to release the names and photographs of officers who create a negligent discharge by their, uh, negligence. And trust me, this kind of cover-up and obfuscation is the norm. Example? I’m glad I asked. takes us to the 30th floor of the Lawson E. Thomas Courthouse around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday . . .

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Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: [Former] Officer Jeffrey R. Mang

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“As a bowler pocketed his $21 refund just after midnight at the Kenmore Lanes in February, he had to contend with an off-duty Kenmore police officer – moonlighting as a security guard – who took issue with the patron’s complaints,” reports. “Took issue.” Yeah I can just imagine how politely officer Jeffrey R. Mang voiced his objection. Especially as “Angry words were exchanged. The patron’s friend tried to intervene. Then, within seconds, the off-duty officer drew his sidearm and – without any threat of deadly force against him – put the barrel to the head of the would-be mediator, according to the bowlers’ accounts.” Needless to say, when on-duty Kenmore police arrived . . .

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