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Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel5/07/2019 5:33:33 pm PDT

Unambiguous Darwin Award. It will surprise no one to learn that alcohol was involved.

Florida Man Shoots Self In Head To See If Round In Chamber

A weekend of fishing and cooking out ended in tragedy early Sunday morning for a 49-year-old Florida man.

Charles Cooper and a female friend were visiting property that Cooper owns in north Brevard County with plans to fish and barbecue.

According to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, the two had been drinking beer, and at one point during the gathering while outdoors near Mims, Florida, Cooper retrieved a handgun.

His friend said he removed the magazine from the gun and then questioned aloud whether there was still a round in the chamber.

Cooper then allegedly raised the gun to his head and pulled the trigger, discharging a fatal round.

I wish I could summon a little more sympathy for folks like this, and I do feel bad for his loved ones, especially those who were eyewitnesses to this foolish tragedy. But damn, I am alive at least in part because I haven’t done stupid things like this, at least not that stupid. What I really think happened is that he was completely sure in his drunken state that the chamber was empty and decided to play a little joke on his fellow revelers. He might have intended to say, “BANG!” when the gun clicked. Alas, he was wrong and the gun itself provided the bang.