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Man shoots himself in the head and dies while demonstrating gun safety

Posted on February 26th, 2014 at 0:28 by Paul Jay in category: News -- Write a comment


A man in the US accidentally shot himself in the head and died on Monday as he was trying to persuade his girlfriend that guns are safe.

The unnamed 36-year-old from Independence Township, Michigan, was demonstrating how his three handguns are safe when they are not loaded by holding them to his head and pulling the trigger,Detroit Free Press reported.

But when the third gun went off, the man was struck in the head with a bullet. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities say three children not related to the man, aged 7,10, and 12, were in the home at the time of the shooting, but did not witness it.

The man’s girlfriend told police that he had been drinking most of the day before he died, and sheriff’s officials said alcohol appears to have been a factor in the incident, according to CBS Detroit.

An autopsy will be performed by the Oakland County Medical Examiner as an investigation into the man’s death continues.

A man in St Petersburg, Florida died in similar circumstances in January last year, when he too tried to show that guns are safe and shot himself in the head.

  1. There’s got to be a joke in here about the perils of using a gun while loaded.

  2. He qualifies for a Darwin Award.

  3. What about a Darwin Award category. John?

  4. A new Darwin Award category?

    I second that.

  5. Perhaps it should be an “Irrelevant Award” category.

    I mean, these are stories about simple folk. The real people. The common clay of the new world.

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