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 . . .

Apparently it was just a momentary lapse on Ruiz’s part, though. As he told a reporter, “You guys don’t know about harassment or anything else. We’re good people, I don’t know what to tell you. I made a mistake, that’s it.” He’s been charged with child endangerment and is currently out on bail.

Maybe next time he feels the need for ink, he’ll let her play by the side of an interstate with his shiny new IGOTD trophy. That should entertain her for a while.


  1. avatar Old Ben turning in grave says:

    Has to teach the kid how to conceal a firearm. 🙂

    1. avatar jon says:

      Maybe bathing suits don’t conceal that well

  2. avatar Johnny says:

    “A mistake”? Sorry, compadre, that’s not a mistake. A mistake is calling the wrong phone number, or forgetting to set your alarm clock. You endangered people, not the least, your own child. You should never be allowed access to a gun or a child, ever.

  3. avatar Ralph says:

    That guy’s dumb enough to be a home invader. Or a politician.

    1. avatar Dirk Diggler says:

      I would tell him to go apply to work for Bloomberg, but given his surname and skin-tone, that won’t go over well

    2. avatar Gunr says:

      Maybe that’s Obama in disguise!

  4. avatar Sabrewolfe says:

    That is a truly epic level of stupid. I hope to God the State revokes this lunatic’s parental rights before he gets the kid killed.

    1. avatar RT says:

      He’d just make another, and another, and another………….

    2. avatar Model66 says:

      Hmm…something about criminals not being able to get firearms because of laws….

  5. avatar dakiwi13 says:

    who’s gonna join me in calling defacs?

  6. avatar Old Ben turning in grave says:

    ” You’re a big girl, right? Here’s an apple and a gun. Don’t talk to strangers, shoot them.”

    cheesy line from a bad movie, but this popped into my head just now.

  7. avatar Vhyrus says:

    Ah yes, Albuquerque, my adopted home town. The best (and worst) of liberal and conservative all rolled into one.

  8. avatar Sammy says:

    Where did he find .22 ammo?

    1. avatar JDub says:

      You, Sir, win the ROFL of the day!

      1. avatar Gregolas says:

        Major chuckles! Thanks, Sammy!

  9. avatar Jim says:

    When I was 11, I was more responsible than this clown. That aside, dad still wouldn’t have turned me loose with a .22 unsupervised.

  10. avatar ThomasR says:

    I’m living in Albuquerque; love this town, love this state. I had a .22lr rifle when I was 11 Y/O. I could take it out any time I wanted without asking my parents. But I wouldn’t have gone to a public pool, even with a .22lr pistol.

    1. avatar Other Don says:

      I know right…… .22lr is way underpowered for a public pool in Albuquerque!

    2. avatar jon says:

      Well. APPARENTLY, you don’t know how dangerous pools can be!!!

      Always pack – you just never know!

  11. avatar dlj95118 says:

    …from the article: “The daughter didn’t threaten anyone with the gun, and no one was injured from its presence.”
    So, in someone’s mind, you can be injured by the mere presence of a firearm? Amazing!

    1. avatar Mike L says:

      Exactly! Assuming she knew how to use it, there really isn’t a problem. Shyanne Roberts is 9 and a champion shooter, and as others have pointed out, when we were kids, kids had .22 rifles at age 11 and didn’t die/kill anyone, and nobody called it “endangerment.” Why, I hear tell some parents actually spanked kids without being locked up for child abuse.

  12. avatar Retired LEO says:

    Must be a great neighborhood if you need to be armed @ swimming pool.

  13. avatar Matt says:

    I am speechless…

    1. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

      Yup. I got nothing…

      1. avatar Ralph says:

        When you were still active PD, wasn’t this called “felony stupid?”

  14. avatar Paul53 says:

    But he needed a tattoo! Besides, an 11 year old with a gun, what could go wrong?

    1. avatar Retired LEO says:

      This guy advances several ideas. Eugenics, forced child removal & retroactive abortion for him. Not the child’s fault. It will likely be blamed on his socio-economic bull etc… Wonder what kind of ink. regular or gang. Understand Albuquerque has a gang problem

  15. avatar Woody from NY says:

    This guy wins (not a good thing). This is absolutely positively the most ridiculous irresponsible gun owner i’ve ever read, here or otherwise. This guy wins. I’m at a total and absolute loss for words. Donkeys like this guy shouldn’t lose their kids, they shouldn’t be naturally able to have children. I own and carry all day every day, I live in NY, Im PRO GUN. This gun destroys anyones threshold for logic and reason, make a trophy and make sure he gets it!

  16. avatar Rog Uinta says:

    Albuturkey. Land of Entrapment!

  17. avatar Dirk Diggler says:

    I suspect MDA won’t invite him to a stroller jam anytime soon

  18. avatar mark says:

    Perhaps they should cut off his nut sack and tattoo a set of balls where his use to be. This way he can’t have anymore kids and he got him self a brand new tat at tax payer’s expense.

  19. avatar JaxD says:

    I’m dying to know what the tat on top of his head says? “Birds aim here”?

    1. avatar neiowa says:

      “Don’t forget to shave/wax”
      “Place shades here”
      “Ear with big dumbass hole is your left”

    2. avatar Rich Grise says:

      “This End Up.”

    3. avatar Stinkeye says:

      “Contents: Shit”

    4. avatar PimpNinja says:

      “Space for Rent”

      1. avatar fuque says:

        ” this space intentionally left blank”

  20. avatar Rich Grise says:

    What endangerment? I’d certainly think that the vast majority of 11-year-olds know better than to shoot themselves or other people. I understand there are people who start teaching the Four Rules as soon as the kid can understand English.

    1. avatar Other Don says:

      Sending any kid to a public pool in Albuquerque is endangerment!

    2. avatar Hannibal says:

      And do you trust every other child at that pool or are you assuming she has great retention skills?

      1. avatar Rich Grise says:

        “And do you trust every other child at that pool or are you assuming she has great retention skills?”

        With the rampant hoplophobia going around these days, I presume they all ran away screaming just at the sight of the thing.

    3. avatar Stinkeye says:

      So, what do you figure the odds are that this father-of-the-year candidate is one of the aforementioned guys who teaches his kids about responsible and safe gun handling at a young age?

  21. Oh dear. Surely, not a smart thing to do?

  22. avatar Al Bondigas says:

    Did anyone notice the color of the tattoo on top of his head matches his earrings? Guy has style! Probably even carries his .22 in one of those nifty ITR (inside the rectum) holsters when his daughter’s not packing.

  23. avatar Former Water Walker says:

    Hey c”mon. I quit going to public pools 40 years ago. They were getting dangerous even then. Homies little girl needed protection. Maybe pops will give her some condoms when she turns 12…

  24. avatar Hannibal says:

    This guy’s logic qualifies him for more than an idiot gun owner award.

  25. avatar Paul53 says:

    On my laptop screen those look like sutures on his head, not ink. I figured that was where aliens took out his brain. Maybe I was giving him too much credit.

  26. avatar JoshinNC says:

    I was hunting and target shooting unsupervised with larger calibers by 12. Of course it was on private property and well away from other people.

  27. avatar Aaron says:

    how does one “need” a tattoo? And how does one “need” anything so badly they would leave their child unattended, unless they were a meth or heroin addict.

    Something rings false about the guy’s whole story.

  28. avatar girly says:

    What a dumbass, he’s not teaching her right. He should loose custody of his daughter, and for a tattoo! Good person yeah right he know whats up. Worst parent, are swords or arrows next, maybe a grenade?

  29. avatar girly says:


  30. avatar Yellow Devil says:

    Well…at least he didn’t leave two screaming children in a hot car while getting a tan.

  31. avatar Hector says:

    John doesn’t really care since he’s probably got 11 or twelve more kids either in the US or on the way from Mehico.

  32. avatar Kenneth says:

    Complete idiot! Nuff said!

  33. avatar The Eagle says:

    I used to live close to this guy…. I heard from a source that he shot his gun off at the couch for shits and giggles….. so Yeah… he shouldnt own a gun.. probably has a drug problem too.. drug parinoia+guns=children= BAD NEWS… cuz I know for a fact that the neighborhood is very safe. I lived there for MANY years and for the most part it is all good people…

  34. avatar Great Scot says:

    Och aye, a ken whit yer comin’ from laddie, that eejit’s a richt nut, aye? Leaving a wee bairn wi’ a loaded gat, pure auld nonsense. Whit’s a lad tae dae, thae? It’s a well-kent thingiemabob, isnae it, but the gat thingie is feckin’ loony! Th’ pair lass’ll be traumatised for life frae bein’ in contact wi’ the clootie’s gat, aye! She’ll graw up tae be an aye on killer! Help me boab!

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