Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: Ralph Ronzino

“Investigators think Mckenzie Smith, 2, shot herself in the abdomen Friday morning after finding a semi-automatic handgun on a nightstand in her mother’s bedroom,” reports from Tampa. “Mckenzie, who underwent surgery at an area hospital, was listed in critical but stable condition.” Ah, the old nightstand gun. I wonder why so many people are so damn scared of the “Bump In The Night” (BITN) home invasion scenario. There’s no hard data on the topic (a deficiency TTAG aims to correct), but I reckon you could deter more home invaders with a burglar alarm than a gun on the nightstand that they don’t know about. That said, a biometric safe by the bedside (as our Brad Kozak has discussed at some length) is the answer to those nightmare scenarios for those who want home invaders to not get rich and die trying. Anyway, don’t get to thinking that “there but for the grace of God go I.” I hope. “Ronzino was arrested Friday on second-degree felony charges of child neglect by culpable negligence and possession with intent to distribute 202 grams of marijuana. Two other handguns and an AK-47 were also confiscated. All were easily accessible to the child, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office said.”

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