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.
A 65-year-old Maine man who outfitted his home with a device designed to fire a handgun at anyone opening the front door unintentionally shot and killed himself on Thanksgiving night. https://t.co/z9N1nIanKa
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) December 1, 2019
The trap was a handgun aimed at anybody who opened the front door.Â 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…
The home was swept by Maine police upon arrival as several more unsafe devices were recovered on the premises.
Darwin award contender.
— David Pan (@dp270) December 1, 2019
— Kevin G Shinnick (@shinnick_g) December 1, 2019
I read this slowly, because I just knew it was going to say he unintentionally killed his grand child. Imagine my relief when it said he killed himself.
— ImpeachNovember (@wool_liz) December 1, 2019
I post a lot of Darwin Award candidates on my Facebook page and it seems many are gun related. 'Murica!
— LÃ©on Of Zee Resistance (@JeffreyFournie4) December 1, 2019
At this rate… there won't be anyone left to vote for trump.
— ðŸSTEVE ðŸ›TURNERðŸ (@TURNERSTEVEA) December 1, 2019
The mystery remains as to why Cyr thought somebody who was opening his front door deserved to be shot.
People who canâ€™t remember where they put their keys probably shouldnâ€™t be rigging booby traps.
— Milton Fletcher (@mfletcher530) December 1, 2019
So he won't be killing anyone else.
— Anne McCarthy (@AM_McCarthy) December 2, 2019
Best possible outcome for his murder house set up
— Gtmcauliffe (@gtmcauliffe) December 2, 2019
It's as if guns actually do kill people. #GunControlNow
— D & M Morgan (@highstreetsten1) December 1, 2019
Guns cause problems WAYYYYYYYYYYY more often than they help with problems.
— Strictly ðŸŒŠ ðŸ“» (@christoq) December 1, 2019
And the internet was not sympathetic to Cyr’s situation.
First Place in the Darwin Awards. pic.twitter.com/O2RkAOgNcW
— Jonas Salt (@jonas_salt) December 1, 2019
And Darwin wins again!
You don't get to make any mistakes with lethal security systems. If I set mine off by mistake (as I have done countless times) a real annoying klaxon comes on and I get a call from the monitoring station.
I then say "Oops, sorry" and go to bed. Not dead.
— IREgg (@ire_egg) December 1, 2019
Better than than a Girl Scout or UPS delivery driver pic.twitter.com/tWxx6nYnUl
— Kamala 2020 (@TLDRJones) December 1, 2019
I've stopped caring about the death of people wo set out to intentionally harm/kill others. Their lives served no useful purpose.
— Diana Contini, M.D. (@diana_continimd) December 1, 2019
Yeah, Maine is so crime-ridden that this was necessary. Complete paranoia.
— Danny (@danzu72) December 1, 2019
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.