Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: New York Corrections Dept. Captain Eric Lynch


Bullet just misses woman, but shooter totally escapes prosecution, the headline proclaims. Careful (i.e. OCD) readers will note that the headline does not conform to the New York Times stylebook, which requires that all words save definite and indefinite articles must be capitalized. That’s because The Post has a more casual approach to its headlines than the Times or TTAG. Both the Times and the Post, however, are unified in their pro-infringement position re: Americans’ natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. In other words, they’re both anti-gun – except when it comes to the police and other government agents. Which can put The Post in a peculiar position. Check this . . .

A Bronx woman watching “Criminal Minds” was nearly killed when a bullet whizzed through her wall — and the Correction Department captain who fired the errant shot escaped criminal charges despite attempts to cover it up, sources told The Post . . .

Eric Lynch, a Bronx Central Booking supervisor, tried to escape through a window, but retreated back into his apartment when he saw cops approaching, sources said.

He then placed furniture in front of the bullet hole in the wall to hide it from cops.

Lynch, 52, was charged with three felonies — criminal possession of a weapon, reckless endangerment and tampering with physical evidence.

But District Attorney Robert Johnson’s office dropped the case before his arraignment, saying the whole thing was an accident.

This blatant example of dual standards on guns highlights a simple fact: inequality > elitism > corruption > criminality. The fact that the Empire State tramples on residents’ gun rights and then ignores criminal behavior from “the chosen ones” who are “allowed” to exercise that right is all the proof – if proof be needed – that politicians and police are not to be trusted.

That was the default position adopted by the framers of the U.S. Constitution. Nothing’s changed. Except that New Yorkers have succumbed to, OK enabled government tyranny. One wonder how indeed if that sad state of affairs can be reversed. Meanwhile, Captain Lynch can cover that hole in his wall with some TTAG IGOTD hardware. Or lend it to his neighbor.


  1. avatar BillF says:

    From the article: “As to his behavior subsequent to the discharge, that is a matter to be dealt with by his employer, the Department of Correction.”
    Why would trying to flee the scene, then attempting to cover up the incident, be a matter to be dealt with by his employer? He wasn’t on duty.

    1. avatar SouthernPatriot says:

      I was going to make the same observation, but to you KUDOS! (note ALL CAPS…hee.)

      1. avatar Joe says:

        I worked for the Iowa Dept. of Corrections, and I can assure that this would not have been glossed over. If you had an Iowa Carry Permit, in would have been revoked, and charges would have followed. We have a liberal carry permit, any weapon, open or concealed ( AR on your back, 45 on your hip, or knife in your back pocket).
        The problem with this incident, is that New Dork, takes care of their # 1’s.

  2. avatar NYC2AZ says:

    “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”

    1. avatar pdt says:


    2. avatar Rick says:

      Poor Boxer just couldn’t grasp that. (He was my favorite character.)

  3. avatar user3369 says:

    anyone else think that is a GIGANTIC hole in the wall?

    1. avatar ropingdown says:


    2. avatar Tominator says:

      She was probably shooting at the mirror…..

    3. avatar bontai Joe says:

      When our Saylorsburg PA post office got shot up in a driveby shooting with .223 bullets, I was astonished at how much the plaster board tore up.

  4. avatar Dev says:

    I know the NY Times and the NY Daily News are totally anit-gun but I didn’t think the NY Post was too bad since it is owned by Murdoch. People have been claiming the paper has a “right wing” bias for a long time now.

    1. avatar Mark N. says:

      Murdoch, despite conservatism on most issues, is rabidly anti-gun. Too long under the umbrella of the British Empire, I suspect.

      1. avatar int19h says:

        Murdoch is not a conservative, he just makes money on them.

  5. avatar Powers says:

    How they continue to perpetrate and fall in line with the anti rights journalsm and BS is amazing. I wonder if they have a high turnover rate at these media outlets in case any journalist have consciences which they can’t overcome after writing propaganda for so long? Maybe their “status” as progressive line towers gives them a goal and they feel it’s their duty..either way..Morons.

    As for the shooter..holy fuck!! Any other non-state or federal employee does that and it’s over. It’s bend over and bite the pillow time because they are going in dry at the DA when they catch wind of a gun owner trying to leave the scene or hide evidence of a negligent discharge.

  6. avatar Dirk Diggler says:

    She just won the lotto. Hire good lawyers and cash in for that big house on staten island or long island.

    1. avatar Vhyrus says:

      Except no criminal charges and no one was injured. They will bury this and she will get a settlement for $500 to fix the hole in her wall.

  7. avatar Durk Simmons says:

    I hope she sues in civil court for mental stress, now knowing how inept the “chosen few” are. If it could happen once….

  8. Meh…New York…what’s another bullet hole now and then?

    1. avatar ropingdown says:

      What just another bullet hole is in NY is…a felony. Unless you are anointed by the gods of badge issuance. That’s the point of the article.

  9. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    This kind of crap just infuriates me.

    1. avatar murray says:

      how do you mean Tom?

  10. avatar Jeff the Griz says:

    Good thing the bullet wasn’t two foot over or the IGOTD award would have been accompanied by 7 years bad luck.

  11. avatar great unknown says:

    “Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day.” As in, not having to take any responsibility, because he’s a LEO.

  12. avatar guest says:

    Speaking of double standards and preferential treatment!

    This is why there must be a legal separation of police powers vs civilians and police INTERNAL investigations of themselves for doing such things. IMHO there should be a separate unit, like the FBI, that would investigate and indict the LEO in question, otherwise this “club” will almost always protect itself and “its own” in some or other degree. As I see it a badge in USA equals not just special powers but special privilidges, including many unwritten immunities like this one. Another thing is that every time somebody sues and wins against a cop (or cops), the compensation is always coming from tax money and not the LEO’s pension/salary. If this kind of punitive action was in place I bet you a 1000$ that complains and lawsuits against cops would drop significantly and a lot of wannabee rambos with a badge would simply not joing police because they would be under added pressure to fucking behave themseves at work.

  13. avatar former water walker says:

    Do I understand this fool has KEPT his job?!? Yikes. Sounds a lot like Chicago.

    1. avatar jon says:

      I’m astonished anti-gun civilians will argue that guns are safer in the hands of law-enforcement agents…….. riiiiiiiiight

      1. avatar bontai Joe says:

        Because in NY, they are all “highly trained” according to the former royal highness the mayor

  14. avatar Will says:

    Plaxico Burress (NFL), was sentenced to 2 years in prison for accidently shooting himself in New York. Blind justice is the only justice.

  15. avatar Ralph says:

    Captain, yer gonna blow up the neighbor!

  16. avatar Accur81 says:

    A sad state of affairs.

  17. avatar John says:

    Oh – *PHEW* – I was worried for a minute there, but now I understand that, ‘the whole thing was an accident’.

    It’s a good thing he was a law enforcement officer; we know they’re the only ones highly trained and responsible enough to carry firearms.

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