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Man accidentally shoots himself while posing for selfie with a gun

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Selfie gone wrong: This man was killed while posing with a gun

While reportedly drinking with friends in Mexico City, 21-year-old Oscar Otero Aguilar got a cool idea for a Facebook selfie.

Moments later, he was dead from a self-inflicted gunshot to the head. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Aguilar's Facebook feed was full of candid shots of himself with hot cars and bottles of booze, his face beaming with pride at the fun he was having. Little did he know it would one day lead to his own demise, the arrest of his friend, Omar Abner Campos Vives and send his other cohort, "El Paco" on the run from authorities.

But before you chalk this up to an ill-advised stunt gone wrong, you should know that deaths by accidental shootings are anything but uncommon. Accidental shootings claim the lives of 100 boys and girls under 14 every year, according to The Guardian. And just like Aguilar, the casualties aren't always kids. Take this story also from this week about an off-duty police officer who accidentally shot himself and his 3-year-old son on Long Island, NY. This isn't some novice, this is a trained law enforcement official. Or UFC fighter Joe Riggs who had to bow out of his latest fight after shooting himself in the thigh on July 28 while cleaning his gun. These are all incidents from the past few weeks.

The story of Aguilar and his 21-year-old life cut short is tragic. It's compounded by the fact that it will happen again, sooner rather than later. In the meantime, let's stick to selfies filled with duck lips and peace signs and leave the firearms in their holsters.

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