A Skagit Valley (Washington) man is dead after shooting himself in the face while posing with his gun for a “selfie.”

A 43-year-old Concrete man died Sunday after accidentally shooting himself in the face with what he thought was an unloaded gun.

The man and his girlfriend were at a residence in the 46000 block of Baker Loop Road taking photos of themselves with the gun when the incident occurred, Skagit County Sheriff’s Office Chief of Patrol Chad Clark said.

The girlfriend reported that the pair had done this several times during the day, with the man apparently removing the bullets and then reloading the gun multiple times.

After the last time, however, a bullet apparently remained in the gun, Clark said.

“Apparently,” indeed.

Folks, this man apparently violated all five rules of gun safety.

  1. Treat all guns as if they are loaded until you have conclusively proven otherwise.
  2. Never point a firearm at anything you are not willing to destroy.
  3. Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on target.
  4. Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.
  5. Don’t take selfies.

This is not the first time we’ve reported the story of someone negligently killing themselves while posing with a handgun for pictures.

In September a 19-year-old died in what appears to be a nearly identical incident. I rather strongly suspect that parasympathetic response played a role in both deaths, and that as the men pressed the button on their phones to take pictures with one hand, their trigger fingers on their gun hand—clearly on the triggers of their guns and pointing at their heads with a round in the chamber—likewise contracted and redecorated the room with gray matter.

Just two weeks prior to that a Milwaukee man who had been taking selfies managed to shoot himself in the femoral artery while incorrectly attempting to reholster an appendix carry holster.