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What Not To Do: Man (Not Pictured) Dies After Shooting Himself While Taking Selfie With Firearm

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CONCRETE, WASHINGTON — A 43-year-old man is dead after negligently shooting himself in the face while taking selfies with his pistol. The incident happened Sunday when he and his girlfriend were taking the pictures.

The woman told police that the two were taking pictures with the firearm multiple times that day, and the man had loaded and unloaded the firearm repeatedly. Unfortunately, a round was in the chamber during his last selfie attempt.

The man’s name has not been released, and the incident is being ruled an accident.

While comments have been flooding news sites on this story to the effect of “Natural selection at it’s finest” and “Stupid people find a way to weed themselves out”, it’s no laughing matter. A man’s life was taken during a foolish attempt at trying to flaunt himself with a firearm; something no responsible firearm owner would ever do. These aren’t toys, and have no place in a setting such as this. It’s always been a pet peeve of mine when I scroll Instagram to see people posing with their firearms up by their heads. There is no need for it and while most people are safe with these actions, it seems completely unnecessary to me.

If you really want to take a photo with your firearm, have it by your side and pointed in a safe direction… and of course make sure it’s unloaded.

I can only hope that this woman, who witnessed the incident, can have peace at some point in her life. There is no doubt that what happened is an incredibly traumatizing event for her.

The Pro Tip: Don’t take selfies with your firearm. It’s irresponsible, and it makes you look like an idiot.

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Brandon is the founder of Concealed Nation and is an avid firearm enthusiast, with a particular interest in responsible concealed carry. His EDC is a Glock 27 that holds Hornady…

Brandon is the founder of Concealed Nation and is an avid firearm enthusiast, with a particular interest in responsible concealed carry. His EDC is a Glock 27 that holds Hornady 165 gr FTX Critical Defense rounds, and rides comfortably in an Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.0 holster.

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  • Bob P

    Always assume the gun is loaded
    Never point the gun at anything you don’t intend to destroy
    Never put your finger inside the trigger guard until you have decided to shoot
    If the subject of this article had obeyed these rules he would be with us today.

    One doesn’t need to be stupid to cause an unintended discharge. A split second break in concentration while managing a firearm can have the same result. I learned the hard way. A loud noise distracted me while removing the magazine from my AR-15 for cleaning. Skipped the step of clearing the chamber, you know the rest of the story. Fortunately was following the reminder of the rules and the discharge went into the ground but the pictures in my mind of what could have happened are with me every day. This happened a long time ago but I’m still embarrassed when I think of it. Since then I follow every safeguard that I am aware of. If I get distracted, start the process over from the beginning.

    My condolences to the girlfriend of the man in this story.

  • no n0

    Darwin 101…. Thou shall weed themselves of stupidity

  • kobalt staub

    Well, give a monkey a gun and something bad is bound to happen. No racial pun intended. Pointing a loaded gun in your face is below human intelligence which is where my animal comparison came from.

  • Rufus Cornpone

    Geechee shim sham!

  • dba_vagabond_trader

    Rule No1 for taking safe selfies with firearm:

    Finger always off trigger.

    • Ruawakeyet

      These types should not have anything more powerful than a squirt gun

  • Pat Huffman

    Mother Nature thinning the herd.

  • JEFFCOMO

    It would be interesting to know what foreign substances were in their bloodstream.

  • JEFFCOMO

    There were no other witnesses but the girl friend. Maybe she didn’t like him anymore and this wasn’t exactly a selfie.

  • James Dillon

    Maybe he was focusing on the weed.

  • Go Faster

    The Pro Tip: Don’t take selfies with your firearm. It’s irresponsible, and it makes you look like an idiot. And possibly DEAD

  • Sig_Sauer

    Can’t fix stupid. Now for this years Darwin Award and the winner is….

  • jimbopeep

    The gene pool goes no further…………..

  • Mike Ogden

    I have a hard time finding sympathy for the GALACTICALLY stupid. Anyone who feels the need to take and post “thug selfies” will eventually have a negligent discharge.
    Let’s be clear, accidental discharges are a MYTH! Gun go off either intentionally or NEGLIGENTLY… there is no “oops”‘third option. The term AD was coined was excuse poorly trained LEO’s who committed negligent discharges often with lethal results.

  • Scott Swearington

    Natural Selection playing itself out.

  • If the Bama had a son He would have been the one to remove himself from the gene pool

  • rambo jones

    #1 Darwin award winner of the year so far.