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Maine Man Accidentally Kills Himself After Setting Off His Own Homemade Booby Trap

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Paranoia can be lethal.

65-year-old Ronald Cyr found that out the hard way after he shot himself with a rigged booby trap at his home in Maine.

The trap was a handgun aimed at anybody who opened the front door.  As Cyr opened his own front door on Thanksgiving night, he found out that the trap indeed worked.

After being shot, Cyr managed to call 911 by himself, but soon after succumbed to his injuries.

During the early evening of Thursday, November 28, 2019, the Van Buren Police Department was dispatched to a residence…

Posted by Van Buren Police Department on Friday, November 29, 2019

The home was swept by Maine police upon arrival as several more unsafe devices were recovered on the premises.

The mystery remains as to why Cyr thought somebody who was opening his front door deserved to be shot.

And the internet was not sympathetic to Cyr’s situation.

The case makes a compelling argument against the NRA’s “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people” argument, as this gun killed a person completely devoid of another person firing it.


Written by Mike Walsh

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