Houston Teen Dies While Taking Selfies with a Gun

Sep 3, 2015

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Houston Teen Dies While Taking Selfies with a Gun

Sep 3, 2015

Liron Samuels

Liron Samuels is a wildlife and commercial photographer based in Israel. When he isn’t waking up at 4am to take photos of nature, he stays awake until 4am taking photos of the night skies or time lapses. You can see more of his work on his website or follow him on Facebook.

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Many people seem to leave common sense behind when it comes to taking photos, especially selfies, as if they’re somehow safe if what they’re doing is for a photo. Sadly, the selfie craze claimed another victim on Tuesday as a gun held by 19-year-old Deleon Alonso Smith accidently went off.

Smith’s cousin, who was in another room at the time of the accident, said they found the gun earlier that day.

KPRC’s report does not specify if the gun was faulty or if Smith pulled the trigger, but either way the desire to get a cool selfie lead to a fatal shot to the throat and two young children without a father.

According to police Smith was under the impression that the gun was unloaded while he posed with it, and while no charges were filed, they are working on finding out where the gun was found.

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Smith was supposed to start college yesterday, but instead his tragic death put him in the unfortunate list of people who died whilst taking a needlessly-dangerous selfie.

Just this year we’ve heard of a pilot taking selfies who caused a plane crash, a young girl electrocuted and burned, a man who fell off a cliff and a woman who also shot herself in the head with a gun she found. The last three incidents all took place in May, making it a fatal month for selfies.

The huge increase in selfie-related deaths and injuries lead to the Russian government issuing a ‘Safe Selfie’ campaign, with one of the warnings being about posing with guns.

A recent incident where a selfie and over-confidence were involved lead to a man getting struck by a rattlesnake. While he was lucky enough to survive, the hospital bill of $150k didn’t make him feel quite so lucky.

[KPRC via CNN]

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4 responses to “Houston Teen Dies While Taking Selfies with a Gun”

  1. What I Dream Of Blog Avatar
    What I Dream Of Blog

    It’s not worth it to die for a selfie that people will probably forget about in less than a day.

  2. Lok Cheung Avatar
    Lok Cheung

    It’s not about taking selfie, it’s about gun safety. At no time you should point a gun to anyone (including yourself) that you’re not intended to shoot. Perfect example that it’s not good enough to expected a gun that’s not loaded.

  3. Allen Mowery Avatar
    Allen Mowery

    He didn’t know the gun was loaded? The process involved in verifying whether a gun is loaded is really not that complicated.

    I have to wonder, though… Will we be seeing rioting, looting, and government-endorsed civil unrest in the wake of this death?

  4. Wil Fry Avatar
    Wil Fry

    I’ve made quite a few photos with guns, both of other people and myself. At no point should anyone ignore usual gun safety rules, just because a camera was added to the mix. Most firearms are not complicated devices. It is relatively simple to never point it at anyone, even yourself. (And keep in mind how far the projectiles can travel, so “anyone” includes people you can’t see.) This is of course easier in rural areas.

    It’s also relatively simple to ensure it’s not loaded. Even after making sure it’s not loaded, it’s very easy to keep your finger off the trigger.

    Guns are not mystical, magical things that just float around firing bullets. They are mechanical devices that do exactly what you tell them to.