Woman reportedly shoots self in head while taking selfie

Technically Incorrect: A Russian woman is taking a selfie while holding a 9mm gun, according to a news story. It doesn't quite go to plan, but she survives.

Chris Matyszczyk
2 min read

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.

It's not a good idea to take a selfie while holding a 9mm gun. Tnoutdoors9/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

I'm not going to say this has to stop.

For the simple reason that it won't. And any amount of cajoling or pleading won't make a jot of difference.

People will try and take ever more "creative" selfies and things will go wrong.

In this instance, a 21-year-old Russian woman was reportedly in the throes of taking a selfie while pointing a 9mm handgun at her head. I don't know if this signaled that she was having a bad day or a good one.

However, what resulted is the gun went off and she is now in a serious condition.

Agence France-Presse reports that she was in her office and found the gun, which had been left behind by a security guard.

While wishing her a full recovery, I wondered whether her act was a first. Sadly, I remembered that it wasn't.

Last August, a 21-year-old Mexican man died after shooting himself in the head while taking a gun-toting selfie.

The obsession with cell phones, texting and selfies won't end. People have fallen into Lake Michigan while texting. They've driven into lakes while texting at the wheel. It's not surprising, given an AT&T survey published earlier this week in which 17 percent of people admitted to taking selfies or other photos while driving.

On Friday, a Singaporean man died after losing his balance while taking a selfie on the edge of a cliff in Bali.

It's all both sad and sadly avoidable.