A gun selfie ended in tragedy for a Mexico City man.
Oscar Aguilar, a 21-year-old, wanted to show off with a series of Facebook posts, Metro U.K. noted. Some pictures included him posing in front of cars and with “beautiful women.” But when he turned his attention to firearms, he made the mistake of picking up a loaded gun and snapping photos of himself waiving it about.
At some point during the photo shoot, the gun discharged.
“I heard a gunshot, and then I heard somebody screaming and realized somebody had been hurt. I called the police straight away and when they arrived they found that he was still alive,” 57-year-old neighbor Manfredo Paez said.
Police stated that Aguilar didn’t know the gun was loaded.
Not surprisingly, the Internet has overlooked the tragedy of the gun selfie, and has instead honed in on the idea that Aguilar is a surefire nominee for the Darwin Awards.
“First selfie victim?”
“Gun selfie a selfies bad enough a gun selfie is just asking for trouble its just attention seeking at end of the day no iffs or buts about it shame this accident happened but i cant stand the way people get there phone out every other minute these days look someones been ran over lets take a picture instead of helping or seeing if there ok seems legit???” [sic]
“Brain dead in more ways than one.”
“Sorry, but, what an idiot! I would never bring myself to aim a real gun at anyone I didn’t want dead! Safety on or not, empty or loaded!”
“Weeding out the dumb ones. Fyi: take bullets out first.”
“Live by the stupid, die by the stupid.”
“Sorry but the first thing I thought when I read this was ‘Idiot’. He should still RIP though.”
“… no one is to blame but him, what make’s it more stupid is he had been drinking all day, all i can say is s….t happen’s when you fool around with gun’s, as tragic as this is i honestly feel sorry for his family not him.”
The Daily Mail adds that two individuals were with Aguilar at the time the gun selfie was taken. Omar Abner Campos Vives was arrested; friend “El Paco” disappeared and has yet to be located.
What do you think, readers? Are Internet commenters being too harsh on the gun selfie victim? Has the Internet caused us to lose respect for human life to a degree that something like this turns in to a punchline instead of a legitimate tragedy?
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[Image via Metro UK]