Man Seeking YouTube Fame Dies After Girlfriend Fires Gun While He Holds Book In Front Of His Chest

The New York Times reports:

Over the past several weeks, Monalisa Perez of Halstad, Minn., and her boyfriend, Pedro Ruiz III, began their quest for YouTube fame by creating and posting videos of mostly harmless pranks: Mr. Ruiz climbing onto a tenuous tree branch and falling a short distance, or Ms. Perez feeding him a doughnut covered in baby powder rather than powdered sugar.

On Monday evening, the couple suddenly upped the ante when, the authorities say, Ms. Perez, 19, shot at a thick book that Mr. Ruiz, 22, was holding, apparently believing that the bullet would not make it through the volume. But the high-risk stunt went horribly wrong: The bullet entered Mr. Ruiz’s chest and he died at the scene.

“I really have no idea what they were thinking,” Sheriff Jeremy Thornton of Norman County said in a telephone interview late Wednesday. “I just don’t understand the younger generation on trying to get their 15 minutes of fame.”

The Associated Press reports:

Monalisa Perez, of Halstad, was charged Wednesday with second-degree manslaughter in the death of Pedro Ruiz III. Perez, who is pregnant, was released on $7,000 bail. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

Primeau said Ruiz liked guns and had “plenty” of them. Authorities say Perez used a .50-caliber Desert Eagle pistol in the stunt, which is described by retailer Cabela’s in an online ad as “one of the world’s most powerful semiautomatic handguns.”

  • Boreal
  • madknits

    Was it a bible?

    • Gustav2

      No it was the truth, a volume of an encyclopedia.

    • MT YVR

      “And God said… Motherfucker, you are STUPID as shit, get the hell out of life and come up here so I can smack your face…. And the Bible did not protect him.”

    • Daveed_WOW

      I hope it was The Four Hour Body by Tim Ferris. That’s a real doorstopper.

    • Stogiebear

      Close. Book of Moron.

  • Mordred LeFey

    “Mom, how did dad die?”

    “Well baby, that’s a hard question to answer…”

    • RaygunsGoZap

      Not so hard. The answer is: He didn’t want to work hard in life and went down the wrong shortcut. With the wrong person. And a poor understanding of physics.

      • nocadrummer

        It worked okay for Wile E. Coyote!

        • Robincho

          Ordering from Acme Books was Pedro’s first (and last) mistake…

    • Jamie_Johnson

      “…through this plexiglass window, anyway.”

    • Todd20036

      “I shot the sheriff… but I did not shoot the deputy.

    • narutomania

      “… but luckily, there’s video of it!!!”

  • nocadrummer

    I presume it was a Bible. God will protect him!

    Thoughts and Prayers!

    • gaymex1

      I should have read this before I posted a couple of minutes ago.

  • Dejerrity

    Sometimes the infinite human capacity for stupidity still amazes me.

  • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

    Shame that they’ve already procreated. If only there was a way to terminate the feotus.

    • RaygunsGoZap

      Maybe when it starts to read something can be done about ti.

      • jmax

        Reading books makes a lot more sense than shooting at them.

        • Jonathan Smith

          just skip over the bullet holes?

  • Ninja0980

    If you’re stupid enough to let someone point a loaded gun at you and pull the trigger, you deserve what you get.

    • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

      He literally asked for it.

    • JoeSacto

      Yeah, good idea, let’s institute the death penalty for stupid people. When do you go on trial? (Show some compassion, moron.)

      • perversatile

        You sound scared JoeSacto. Have you done something… stupid?

      • Daveed_WOW

        Death Penalty for stupid people? I love that idea. Is there a bill in Congress? I’d also like harsher penalties for bearing false witness.

      • Todd20036

        Redundant. This moron provided his own death penalty.
        Hey Joe, you lose a loved one to idiocy?

      • Jamie_Johnson

        “We” don’t have to do anything. It’s called self-selection, and occurs when one buys a gun, automatically.

  • shivadog

    Holy shit, they used a 50 cal? I mean it would have been stupid to do with a 22, but what made them think a book would stop a 50 cal? Seriously, too stupid to live. On the bright side, they finally achieved fame.

    • Mihangel apYrs

      you mean “infamy,
      infamy, they’ve all got it in for me!”

  • JWC

    Ok now that was dumb

    • TampaDink

      He’ll never make another dumb move.

      • JWC

        oh so tru

        • TampaDink

          Yes indeedy.

      • Adam King

        Betcha she will though.

        • TampaDink

          Hopefully her baby will be raised by people who are wiser than her. This is a low bar, I realize. I think that our pup might be smarter than she is.

          • Adam King

            Does your pup shoot people to get attention on YouTube? Well there you have it then.

          • TampaDink

            For a mutt who is part pit bull, part lab & part Rhodesian Ridgeback, he’s quite docile. (except when it comes to kitties…he’d shoot one if we had any firearms in the house)

          • Adam King

            Mutts are the absolute best! I am solidly pro-mutt. (And those sneaky kitties probably did something to deserve it.)

          • TampaDink

            They really are. We’ve never had a pure breed….and all of them have been rescues. We don’t know why our current boy loathes felines nor did we know why our first dog, a black lab mix believed that kitties were satan’s spawn. We have had a couple in between that liked cats….so it isn’t part of how we parent.

  • DaJuan Hayes

    Astonishing how so many seem to think their lives are not complete unless a video they create goes “viral” on YouTube. I mean, to hell with all that “helping your fellow man” shit.

    • Sporkfighter

      I have three videos that have done pretty well, with 346,255, 443,129, and 236,589 views. They are on Graphing Quadratic Equations, Simplifying Square Roots, and Parallel and Perpendicular Lines.

      It is possible to help your fellow man without being a stupid git.

      • Point taken.

      • Adam King

        Wow, I’m glad you didn’t injure yourself. Graphing quadratic equations is not for the faint of heart!

      • Todd20036

        If you were naked in the videos you’d seriously up the tally numbers.
        Just saying….

        • Sporkfighter

          Short, skinny, pale, and hairy. Probably wouldn’t help.

          • Todd20036

            Wanna bet?

  • shrumpi

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA… Sorry, I know I’m going to hell…but this is hilarious…

  • JoeMyGod

    This reminded me of the millions of times we’ve seen movies in which people save themselves by diving behind a couch or door or whatever.

    Bullets go right through ALL that shit.

    • Daveed_WOW

      See Mythbusters.

      Hello? Bullets can penetrate the human body. Of course they can penetrate paper.

      • -M-

        Even dumber than buying the movie make believe (which is very dumb), is it’s just the kind of thing you should test first without a person in the line of fire. And of course putting a person in the line of fire under anything but the most controlled conditions is dumb too, even if the book could have stopped the bullet it won’t it she misses it.

        • Bad Tom

          Then there’s the hydrostatic shock of the bullet being stopped by the book if it WAS successfully stopped. That can kill you, too.

          • -M-

            Yes. But not everyone may realize the impact could kill you even if the bullet never breaks your skin, while checking to see if the bullet goes through the book or not seems like the one thing that it should occur to anyone with the vaguest understanding of bullets to check.

          • JCF

            See re Jon-Erik Hexum.

      • Misutaa Roboto
      • Gest2016

        My question: Did Mr. Ruiz and his girlfriend TEST fire a bullet into a similar book first? What a tragic death, and he was cute.

        • Cattleya1

          Almost a Darwin Award.

    • perversatile
    • ben-andy

      I suggest a simple “rehearsal” before shooting either the video or the boyfriend:

      Hold the 2nd thickest volume of the encyclopedia from the SIDES and while standing TO THE SIDE. Place a watermelon behind the book. Aim carefully for the middle of the book. With this powerful a gun, it wouldn’t make any difference if the shooter was 10 feet away or the muzzle was up against the book. Wear ear protection and perhaps a garbage bag.

      If the watermelon goes ker-splat, rethink this stunt. If it goes well, use the THICKEST volume for the real take.

      Oops, too late to try a smaller gun. Oh, well. The rest of us learned something.

      • Jonathan Smith

        watermelon tastes good?

        • DJ John Bear

          ick.

        • Now with extra lead.

      • Frostbite

        How about not even trying this stunt at all?

        • Todd20036

          That’s just crazy talk.

        • MT YVR

          You’re just tryin’ to stop them from their internet graveyard famedom.

          There. I just threw words together randomly, that’s about right, right?

          I will never ever understand the desire to do things that have any chance above “well, in EXACTLY the right circumstances.. maybe” of killing y’all. I’d rather just not.

        • Nowhereman

          Well because freedumb!!!

      • kareemachan

        I shot an alarm clock once….

      • Gest2016

        Or, perhaps, wear a thin steel plate on your chest JUST in case? Nobody to blame but himself.

    • Snarkaholic

      Good thing that school desks can protect us from nukes, eh?

      • Boreal

        Desk for the blast, my air force parka with the faux fur for the radiation protection.

        • Snarkaholic

          And green cafeteria Jell-o to terrify the invading Ruskies!

        • Paula

          I remember those parkas. In Wyoming, they were greatly appreciated.

          • Boreal

            Here in Upstate as well before climate change.

          • Nellieehearn

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        • kevway

          In California it was for earthquakes 🤔

      • Nowhereman

        Duck and Cover!

    • FuzzyOtter

      Not to mention all the times a movie or show has led us to believe a character had died only to then reveal they were saved by a book in their shirt pocket, usually a bible

      • Kruhn

        Actually, a speech folded in his breast pocket and his glass case saved Theodore Roosevelt’s life after a botched assassination attempt. It depends on the caliber and distance.

        • Lizard

          Not to mention that it was 100 years ago. Firepower is a little different than it was in 1912!

          • Kruhn

            Already modern weapons had been invented except for semi – automatics, don’t know if the higher caliber guns had been invented.

          • kareemachan

            “I don’t know”

            Truer words were never spoken.

          • Kruhn

            Please

          • Furface

            Colt .45 M1911 and the Luger 9mm parabellum were designed around the end of the 19th century (1890s) and were readily available by 1912. The Colt was the official sidearm for the Us Army in 1911. It’s still widely available and known for its stopping power at close to medium range. While calibers above .45 were known, they were rare. .44 and .45 were the largest caliber handguns readily available.

            Smokeless propellants, versus black powder, date from the 1880s and provided stability and ballistic consistency cartridge to cartridge.

      • Stev84

        Things like have happened in reality. Just never rely on it

        • FuzzyOtter

          Oh no. My comment wasn’t meant to be taken that it has never happened. I was just pointing out that the frequency of that trope in media gives the impression that a book is guaranteed to stop any bullet, as this couple apparently thought, without giving any consideration to the power of the gun being used.

    • Todd20036

      Yes, but only after gay marriage became legal because God removed his shied of blessing from America at that point.

    • BJORN RAGNVALDR

      That particular gun runs around $2000 or more. So, where does a 19 yo get the money for that? Also she must be a hell of a strong girl, the recoil on this is very powerful, an untrained man is likely to have it slam the gun into his face upon firing.

    • James Casey

      actually if they used a .22 or a .32 ACP it would have been stopped by a book. The .22 would have traveled an inch into the book while the .32 ACP would have travled 1 1/8 ” into the book. If you used a more common round like a 9mm then you would need a book at least 8 inches thick to stop the round, but even the 9mm might not have killed him. It’s a real shame that kids ( and some adults) believe fame is so important that they would risk their lives to achieve it.

    • Brian

      😀 I think the idea behind diving behind something like a couch is visual concealment (no target) rather than bullet deflection or impact absorption. Regardless, way too many people assume movie magic is physics reality. I wanted to say that I feel for them, but I realized that’d be a lie.

    • Hanwi

      Hollow points won’t even make it thru Sheetrock, it’s the only ammunition I use when I carry.

  • Daveed_WOW

    They must not watch Mythbusters. Bullets can penetrate car doors, refrigerators, dining tables, exterior walls, and concrete walls. They can also penetrate paper and rib cages. He should have used a shield from a Marvel character.

    This just in: Movies are made up. Even bullet proof vests and helmets can’t keep you from getting killed by a bullet.

    • Gustav2

      And how many times have we heard stories of people New Years Eve shooting in the air and it returns through someones roof.

      • Daveed_WOW

        Remember Saddam Hussein? He loved to fire machine guns in the air in front of crowds. Dozens of people died when the bullets came back down to earth.

      • Acronym Jim

        There’s a scene like that in Starz’ American Gods.

    • Stev84

      They’ve also tested books. A larger book can stop a low caliber bullet. But of course they had to use the largest gun possible.

      • Daveed_WOW

        See? This proves that they should be the Darwin Award Winners. Not the first posthumous one, surely.

  • Lars Littlefield

    Darwin wins again.

    • Joe in PA

      My first thought!

    • Stev84

      Nope. She’s already pregnant. So the stupidity has been passed on

      • Daveed_WOW

        Damn. No silver lining. Hopefully she’ll be in prison and the baby will be taken away because she’s an unfit mother. If the kid never meets his birth mother, he or she might be OK.

  • Christopher

    I have no sympathies for these people.

    As Forrest is fond of saying…

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2c1aaaa7f6c12f89e499f12297454d94205c230b0cae076cb9b68de5e930663a.gif

  • Kelly Lape

    50 Cal????

    2017 Nominee for Darwin of the year award.

  • RaygunsGoZap

    This is really fucking stupid but Otto Warmbier is still in the lead for June deaths by self-inflicted dipshittery.

    • shrumpi

      I love you…

  • Pollos Hermanos
    • Jeffg166

      That went well.

    • Christopher

      “What an ass!”

      Works on two levels. 😉

      • Todd20036

        What in the world was he hoping would happen?
        I have a cute ass too, IMHO, but I’m not putting fireworks NEAR it.

        • BobSF_94117

          He didn’t account for clenching in response to the first pain from the sparks. Rookie mistake…

          • Todd20036

            Impressive that he clinched hard enough to hold on to the rocket.
            That being said, sometimes wisdom comes only after great sacrifice.

          • BobSF_94117

            If you look closely, he was in the push-up position when they lit the rocket. The pain from the sparks made him collapse to the ground, so his slightly spread ass cheeks came even closer together as he fell, trapping the rocket.

          • Todd20036

            Head. Desk.

    • jmax

      I spent a 4th of July in the hospital with 2nd and 3rd degree burns after a “friend” fired a 6 inch bottle rocket at me that hit my foot and shot up my pants leg. Those fuckers are not something to mess with.

      • Daveed_WOW

        I would have spent my entire hospital stay thinking up what I’d say to the judge when your friend was sentenced.

        • jmax

          Never occurred to me at the age of 12 to press charges against anyone. But as karma would have it, the guy spent 3 years in prison for having child porn on the computer he used as an elementary school teacher.

          • Todd20036

            Truly perverse and extremely stupid. What a combo.
            Get better friends.

          • jmax

            Yes, I mentioned that to him. We rarely talk to each other anymore.

    • Adam King

      Not enough lube.

    • Well, at least it wasn’t raining. They might have tried pulling that stunt in the kitchen, just like a couple of guys did years ago in WI. It was raining on the Fourth, so these two started lighting off fireworks in the kitchen. They thought it was safer than the living room. Or something.

      Yeah, a trip from the fire department was needed. The guys claimed that they had no idea that lighting off fireworks in the house would possibly start a fire. I wish I was joking.

      • Pollos Hermanos

        We set off Piccolo Petes in a radio studio once.

        We had them in a metal trash can to contain sparks and the audio was fantastic but man the smoke stuck around for days.

        We got suspended for that.

  • Mike C

    “Primeau said Ruiz liked guns and had “plenty” of them.” 22 years old, dumb as a box of rocks, loaded up on guns. Surely this is what the 2nd amendment was meant to protect……..

  • Rebecca Gardner

    OMG! The .50 Cal Desert Eagle is a monster of a firearm. What idiot would think a book would stop it. The gigantic unabridged dictionary wouldn’t stop that round.

    I have a .50 Cal revolver. It is so unbelievably powerful most indoor ranges won’t let me fire it. When I do go to a range and fire it, the range master makes me announce to the entire firing line that I’m about to fire it.

    Sad that he lost his life and sad that she has to live with what she did, but what where they thinking?!

    Just for comparison everyone of these will go through a book and into the person. I have the .500 S&W in the middle, the .50 Desert Eagle is similar in size. Here is how ridiculously huge the cartridge is.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4a7c31e8d6b40a30066f382771ef129999ed78013aa452ecc01698fbbc9c0ac7.jpg

    • Jonathan Smith
      • Rebecca Gardner

        I love that movie so much!!!

        I am handicapped. I’m psychotic!

        • Jonathan Smith

          and we love you anyway

          • Rebecca Gardner

            Thanks for reminding me not to announce certain things in public. LOL!!!

    • Lars Littlefield

      Stop it. You’re making me horny.

    • JustDucky

      I’d wager that he saw the Mythbusters episode where they used phone books to armor a car and then convinced her it was perfectly safe and would look really cool.

      • Rebecca Gardner

        OMG I forgot about that episode. Ya know. You may be right.

      • Todd Allis

        Yes, it worked pretty well, with several layers of phone book and lower-caliber rounds.

        • JustDucky

          Yep. But if he watched the episode, it seems pretty clear that detail went in one ear and out the other, much like the “don’t try this at home” warning.

        • Todd20036

          Not to mention the metal frame of the car

      • Stev84

        And didn’t see the one where they specifically used various calibers against small objects and a book

    • Fifth-and-a-Half Element

      Was just about to post how someone can injure themselves JUST from the recoil.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzQXPEGvJfw

      • Sporkfighter

        Amazing how many people firing those guns aren’t wearing any hearing protection.

        • Todd20036

          Or goggles, which would really help against the recoil.

        • kareemachan

          What?

          In reality, I once fired a Colt and my ears rang for a week. NEVER AGAIN.

      • ColdCountry

        Dear gods, that Desert Eagle is monstrous! What were they thinking??

    • Moebym Reborn

      Good lord. What possessed them to think a bullet of that size shot at super-high velocity could be stopped by a book?

    • Christopher

      So, you’re saying he was probably overcompensating for his shortcomings? 😉

    • Paula

      I have shot one of these before. They are brutal. Just shooting one magazine, my wrist hurt and arm ached.

  • anne marie in philly

    STUPID ASSWIPES!

  • Stev84

    Are we supposed to have any sympathy here?

    • Jonathan Smith

      god’s i hope not.

  • Jonathan Smith
  • Richard B

    unfortunately for them, Darwinism ruled the day…

    • Natty Enquirer

      Only a runner-up, since he had already reproduced.

    • Reality.Bites

      But he’s sadly ineligible for a Darwin Award, assuming he’s the father

      • Natty Enquirer

        They already had a 3-year-old daughter.

  • Randy Ellicott

    If he loved guns, had he ever shot one? stupid… stupid…

  • TampaDink

    I hope that someone who is responsible will raise their child.

  • lol, the sheriff whining about the “younger generation”.

    Bitch please, your generation’s done dumber shit than this.

    • Jonathan Smith
    • BobSF_94117

      There is, of course, a not-so-proud tradition of young people doing stupid things to amuse their friends. Now they do it to amuse people they will never, ever meet. It may be lawn-ish of me to say, but that really is worse.

      • Eh, it’s just more of the same, but for a different definition of friends. Because it’s not like most cadres of friends pushing people to do stupid things back then were really any better than youtube followers really, there were just fewer of htem.

        • Beagle

          Stupid stunts are nothing new. The difference is, 30 years ago, almost nobody outside Norman County would have heard about those two idiots. Now, one click, and the entire world can be aware of your stupidity.
          As I once said in a presentation on social media, I’m thankful that I committed my youthful indiscretions before there was an Internet.

        • BobSF_94117

          I don’t know about that. Those stupid friends of youth are the people one theoretically grew up with and, with any luck, matured with. What are the chances that, decades from now, any of someone’s Facebook “friends” are going to reminisce about that time…. I’d say zero.

          • I don’t reminisce fondly about my childhood peer pressure “friends”. A few of them became jarhead marines– they certainly didn’t grow up and mature. A few others became deadbeat parents– they certainly didn’t grow up and mature. Rest of them became burger flippers or failed salesmen or middle managers running their companies in to the ground, again, not really growing up and maturing.

  • worstcultever

    Good thing he left some crotchfruit in the oven. What a tragedy if his line were not to continue. /s

  • Jeffg166

    Kids.

  • -M-

    Collect your Darwin Award.

    I take issue with the sheriff’s seemingly singling out kids exclusively though. Yes, teen and twenty year olds are less thoughtful and more impulsive on average than full grown adults, but they don’t have a monopoly on stupidity as we see proven several times a day with the political news lately.

    • Sorry, there is a bun in the oven, so his genes are being passed on to another generation.

      • -M-

        Darwinism works on averages. His contribution to the next generation has been capped.

  • Sporkfighter

    I understand they used a volume from an encyclopedia.

    1) Makes one wonder how much they value knowledge.
    2) Why didn’t they do a test with another volume first?
    3) A 50 cal? Even most gun enthusiasts think that’s a stupid handgun for most purposes, useful only when you’re likely to be confronted by a grizzly or such at close range.

    • Assuming the shitty design of the deagle doesn’t cause it to jam and grant the grizzly a nice meal.

      Seriously the desert eagle is a shitty gun, made by and for shitty people.

  • Stupid boy. Could you not have fired at a similar book once first?

    • clay

      And do, like, science?

      • Snarkaholic

        Their next stunts were probably going to be:
        1. Drinking poison
        2. Handling venomous snakes.

        • clay

          I have faith that you are correct.

        • Canadian Observer

          I thought the snake handling cults were to the south and east of Minnesota?

  • Natty Enquirer

    Read up people! Not a Darwin contender. This couple already had a 3-year-old and another on the way. Now she is a single mother by her own hand.

    • DJ John Bear

      Pity.

    • Treant

      If he’s that stupid, the kids might be the local football team’s instead of his.

      We can hope.

      • Adam King

        But she’s still the mother.

        • Treant

          We can hope that intelligence turns out to be dominant…

  • DJ John Bear

    Thoughts and prayers…

  • Treant

    OK, so apparently nobody ever heard of a test shot at a book before sticking the thing in front of your chest and pulling the trigger.

    I still wouldn’t trust it–all that force has to go somewhere, and that somewhere is your chest–but at least you’d know you aren’t getting a bullet through the heart.

    • Furface

      But the ballistic impact could still stop your heart if it hit the right spot. Even if it didn’t there could be potentially fatal internal bleeding to the lungs and other organs as it knocks you off your feet.

  • Acronym Jim

    Maybe he was thinking of how a folded speech in the breast pocket of his jacket saved Theodore Roosevelt from an assassin’s bullet, but he didn’t take into account two very pertinent details:

    1. Guns in 1912 had nowhere near the firepower of today’s semiautomatics; and,
    2. He wasn’t freaking Theodore Roosevelt.

    • thatotherjean

      If it’s the speech I’m thinking of, TR was actually shot, but delivered the speech anyway, before he went to the hospital. The speech (and his overcoat and his metal eyeglasses case) slowed the bullet, but didn’t stop it.

      • Acronym Jim

        That’s the one.

  • Oscarlating Wildely

    All right, not to be completely stupid but since they have so many guns and bullets, wouldn’t one do a trial run first with a book of similar size just to check?

    • Adam King

      They’re completely stupid.

      • Beagle

        To be fair, he’s no longer completely stupid.

  • “Primeau said Ruiz liked guns and had “plenty” of them. Authorities say Perez used a .50-caliber Desert Eagle pistol in the stunt,”

    Talk about reckless. I guess a test fire of those hand cannon on a thick book would had shown how dangerous it is to do something so idiotic.

    Rule 1 of gun safety, never ever point a gun at a person, unloaded or loaded that you don’t have the intent in using the gun to kill the person. Pointing a gun at a person is showing intent in using it and killing the person.

  • MonochromeMouse

    I really wan’t to feel bad because they were just kids, but this is so fucking stupid that it’s impossible. The real tragedy here is that his, and her, stupid genes get to continue.

    • Snarkaholic

      I hope she at least clears all of the guns out of her home before her kids can start playing with them.

    • m_lp_ql_m

      Is “wan’t” a negative? Sorry, but I think that reveals your, our, true feelings. 😀

      • MonochromeMouse

        I didn’t even notice the typo, I really have to stop typing comments using my phone. XD

  • Rebecca Gardner

    For those of you that have never fired a Desert Eagle. Here’s a demonstration of its power.

    https://youtu.be/UzOSnwNDLBs

    • gaymex1

      That would probably be most of us.

    • But not its shitty internal mechanics which are prone to jamming.

  • David Brian Holt

    This young man didn’t deserve to die. Please don’t post “Darwin Award” comments. His wife, child, and mother will be grieving over this the rest of their lives. If anything, this shows how toxic our “celebrity culture” has become in this country. Young people think that YouTube views or Facebook “likes” give them affirmation that they are not getting elsewhere.

    • Boreal

      Gun nuts that don’t know gun safety basics are subject to mockery and ridicule. If he had used common sense he wouldn’t have died. He risked his life for ‘youtube’ fame and failed.

    • Natty Enquirer

      Tsk.

      It’s also a manifestation of the youthful delusion of immortality, which will be with us with or without celebrity culture.

  • infmom

    I’m amazed those two even knew where to find a book.

    • Jonathan Smith

      stole it from the library

      • Treant

        What’s a “lie-berry?”

        • Jonathan Smith

          it’s where Repubithugs get free Internet. i Think they keep books there.

    • gaymex1

      Church. Hymnal or bible. What other books are there?

      • Snarkaholic

        “The Best of Hustler Magazine”
        “Hot Women of Walmart” (only four pages long)
        “The Offishull Roadkill Cookbook”

        • Treant

          “The Big Book of Toilet Humor”

        • gaymex1

          LOL Obviously I need to broaden my horizons.

  • gaymex1

    Sorry for both kids. Guess they should have used a bible.

  • Hornbori

    I wonder where he got the book.

    • Snarkaholic

      He snatched it out of the town square’s bonfire, seconds before it was lit.

  • Jamie_Johnson

    If only the book had a gun.

    • Canadian Observer

      Only if it was a “good” book.

  • Rex

    I don’t know what’s sadder, that a young man lost his life over a foolish stunt, or that there are people this utterly stupid.

    • Jonathan Smith

      yes

  • Professor Barnhardt

    “YouTube fame”

    Whoooooshhh.

  • m_lp_ql_m

    According to the AP report, Pedro was pregnant. That alone should garner tons of Youtube likes.

  • ETownCanuck

    This is what happens when science takes a backseat during the education process.

  • Lizard

    Did they, I dunno, think to test this stunt? Like, shoot an identical book first when it wasn’t right in front of someone’s vital organs?

    Jesus.

    • -M-

      Are there no hillsides in Halstad?

      • Lizard

        Or watermelons? That’s what I would use.

  • fuzzybits

    I feel bad he lost his life. I did stupid stuff when I was young and it’s amazing I’m still here. I would’ve known about bullets though. Just goes to show some teens brains aren’t fully formed and they don’t think ahead.

  • Goodboy

    Looks like the .50-caliber Desert Eagle pistol sales just went up. You just can’t buy that kind of advertising.

    • KnownDonorDad

      After the loss of life and prospect of fatherless kids in that family, that’s the most tragic aspect I’ve heard.

  • Christopher

    Anyone else thinking that this is probably what was going through their minds?

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/526afa5a12f975b738ae255eeca347cc14cf4ad9f4b35c1aa8d93b430ca91cef.png

    • Lizard

      They weren’t thinking about science, they were thinking about fame on the internet.

      And theoretically there’s nothing inherently wrong with wanting to be internet famous, but it’s not worth doing something this monumentally stupid and dangerous.

  • JT

    You’d think it might have occurred to them to test it on something that wouldn’t die.

    • Christopher

      What?! And ruin the ending!

      Do you skip to the last page of a book as well? 😉

      • Bad Tom

        If the book might literally kill me, yeah, yeah, I do.

    • Lizard

      Yeah…I’m genuinely sorry he died, but what on earth were they thinking? If they’d tested it, they’d have known that a .50 would go right through the Oxford English Dictionary.

  • Tawreos

    If I am remembering correctly a .50 cal will crack an engine block how could they be so stupid to think it would be stopped by a book?

    • Lizard

      Something tells me these two didn’t do their homework.

    • Christopher

      Thinking is clearly not their strong suit.

    • stevenj

      Maybe it was a bible.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    Here’s the house. I can see why the did this stupid stuff. It looks like there is absolutely nothing to do in Halstad, MN.

    https://goo.gl/maps/umGf6z4aCf52

  • June Gordon

    Paging Darwin. Please report to the white courtesy phone. Paging Darwin. Please report to the white courtesy phone. Paging Darwin. Please report to the white courtesy phone.

    • Leo Tallant

      No….the WHITE courtesy phone. (Love that scene in Airplane)

  • David W. Shelton

    Darwin Award winner, clearly.

    • Karl Dubhe

      She’s preggers, if I read the story right. If it’s his kid, he’s not eligible.

      • Adam King

        It’s their second child. They already had a daughter, who witnessed it.

  • BobSF_94117

    How is this only second-degree homicide manslaughter?

    • JeffreyMGr

      i think it’s because she didnt intend to kill him. That was the surprise part that neither of them expected.

      • thatotherjean

        You’d think they would have practiced shooting a similar book first, without him behind it. They might have been stupid, but I feel sorry for their children.

        • Furface

          I’ve seen one used on an unabridged dictionary (like a 15 lb volume, hard covers) at 25′; like an ice pick through a paper towel.

      • Furface

        Surprise? With a .50 caliber semi-auto. Those puppies’ll stop a truck by putting a round through the engine block. Paint ball they ain’t.

    • Lizard

      Second-degree manslaughter because there was no malicious intent. She didn’t mean to kill him. It would be filed under accidental death.

    • BobSF_94117

      Intent to kill is what distinguishes murder from manslaughter. Apparently, first degree manslaughter is reserved for cases where the criminal intended to cause serious injury but not death. She wasn’t trying to hurt him, so 2nd degree.

      At least in NYS:

      https://www.ny-criminal-defense-lawyer.com/manslaughter-first-degree/

    • Stev84

      The technical term for this is involuntary manslaughter

  • Jeffrey

    I don’t care if she goes to jail or not but sterilize her immediately!

    • Lizard

      Eugenics? Seriously?

      And she’s already pregnant.

      • Jeffrey

        Eugenics? Haha fuck off.l, concern troll.

    • Stev84

      Too late

  • Adam Stevens

    I really don’t see how this is any different than auditioning for American Bandstand and being turned down.

  • castaway

    Well they got their fame. Wish it was just a hoax.

  • Michael

    Wow talk about a thread full of assholes

    • Silver Badger

      I notice you’re here.

    • stevenj

      Deal With It.

    • Karl Dubhe

      If you want some sympathy, you can find it in the dictionary; it’s between shit and syphilis.

      There’s one less idiot on this Earth; which is overflowing with them.

      • Beagle

        Their daughter deserves our sympathy. She’s three years old, and she had to watch her mother shoot her father. That’s going to leave scars. And she didn’t ask to be put in that situation.

        • Karl Dubhe

          There’s been too many variations of this particular story for me to have any sympathy when a gun nut shoots themselves. I’m happy she didn’t shoot her own kid instead of the idiot who knocked her up.

          Sorry.

    • Ben in Oakland

      Why? Because we’re not stupid enough to point a gun at someone?

  • Silver Badger

    Two kids in the foster system. Parents Darwin Award contenders. Those poor kids. Let’s all hope, in this case, it is nurture and not nature.

    • Lizard

      They’re not eligible for Darwin Awards since they already have kids.

      • Silver Badger

        Those kids have to grow up and reproduce before their parents lose their ability to win a Darwin Award.

  • Michael White

    Cold and callous old bitch that I am: dry up the stupid gene pool.

  • Mickey Bitsko
  • Hue-Man

    Seriously, I wasn’t practicing my skills of prophesy when I commented earlier today:
    By another NRA apologist showing off their gun skills!
    https://disqus.com/home/discussion/joemygod/new_nra_ad_appears_to_incite_civil_war_video/#comment-3391518963

  • castaway

    Well, this is nothing short of tragic. If there’s any positive side to this, possibly more tragedies were prevented with copy cat-ers considering trying the same thing for likes and subs.

  • Paula

    What a dumbshit. That is a caliber for protection from bears (real ones)
    The gene pool is a little cleaner today. Damn. The gun sells for about $1500 and the ammo is about $3 buck a shot.

    • Silver Badger

      Maybe she can sell the gun to help pay for her lawyer. Oh wait, they weren’t married. Why do heterosexuals debase the concept of marriage?

  • Charlie In SF

    Too bad they’ve already procreated

  • they’re so young, so i’m feeling compassion, and esp for the future infant which i’m just going to assume she will have.

    but i’m not feeling a lot of sympathy for their families, who must’ve provided them with weapons, and failed to teach them the basics of how those must be handled. kids like these learn weapons protocol from their families and its clear theirs is fucked in the head stupid. people who aren’t stupid and who defend this country’s lack of sensible gun laws all share guilt in this and all the other unnecessary gun deaths that happen here every day. i wish i could make them do some jail time.

  • Kevin Perez

    There will be copy-cats. There will be more injury and perhaps death. People are stupid. People voted for Trump.

  • Joe

    At least they kept the children out of it.

    • Actually they didn’t – their 3-year old child was there too. She saw it happen 🙁

  • Reasonoverhate

    The level of stupidity that some humans possess never ceases to amaze me.

    • Ben in Oakland

      They don’t possess it for very long.

  • narutomania

    You see, kids. Here’s where the scientific method might have helped these two cretins. If they had only tested the whole book-stopping-a-speeding-bullet thing before the young man stepped behind the book himself. He might be alive today.

    But then, I guess that their stupidity would have caught up with them sooner or later.

  • Buford

    Chlorine for the gene pool.

  • Gregory B

    Testing Darwin’s theory. Yup, still is true…

  • Blackfork

    That’s so sad, on so many levels.

  • Robert Adams

    Another proud recipient of the Darwin Award.

    • Karl Dubhe

      She’s preggers, and her kid watched her shoot the dad.

  • Pat

    This is sad on so many levels. People buy guns and are clueless about what guns actually do, while the NRA has forgotten its original mission to teach responsible gun ownership and the endless tragic series of accidental shootings, toddlers getting their hands on guns, and idiotic stunts like this go on and on.

  • John Calendo

    Stupidity is fatal.

    • AJayne

      Can be, apparently. Should, though, just be incredibly painful – and too often is not…

  • Ben in Oakland

    Guns don’t kill people. Really stupid people that are allowed to have guns kill people.

  • kareemachan

    “Monalisa”?

  • bkmn

    This is why you should be required to take a gun safety course before you can buy a gun. Basic common sense.

  • Nowhereman

    Was that book a buybull perchance? And seriously, how stupid. Neither of them thought to wonder “Why not do a test run and shoot the book without you holding it in front of you?”

  • Jonathan Smith
  • grada3784

    Pedro. So handsome. So dumb.

    What a waste.

    Rest in peace, kid.

  • Phil Touchette

    Darwin Award Nominee!

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

    Stunningly gorgeous young man. Too bad there wasn’t a brain in there to go along with the looks.

  • DaveMiller135

    Poor kids. I recently watched a YouTube video about X number of ways the movies have lied to you about things that can absolutely kill you. And protecting yourself from a gunshot, behind a restaurant table, or an upholstered chair, or even a car, or with a Bible in your pocket, was one of them. Gun bad; murder death kill.

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      EXACTLY THIS!

      Also….points for Demolition Man reference.

  • Gay Fordham Prep Grad

    I think we have a real contender for the Darwin prize, 2017.

  • Kelly Lape

    I think she’s being over-charged. She should only be charged with assisted suicide.

  • alguien

    darwin…

  • Chris Lion

    And he got his wish: he’s famous!

  • Snarky

    Anyone else reminded of William S. Burroughs killing his wife Joan Vollmer when trying to shoot a highball glass off her head while drunk? One obvious difference, Burroughs was a talented writer.

  • I guess we know who this year’s Darwin Awards winner will be.

    • AJayne

      The year is young…

    • ajchar

      Alas, he has already procreated (one kid, another on the way) so technically he doesn’t qualify for a Darwin.

  • Gianni

    Between them they couldn’t make one good working brain.

  • Jason

    Well he got his 15 minutes, posthumously…

  • leastyebejudged

    I love how the idiot Sheriff lays this on an entire generation.

  • leastyebejudged

    Thanks to the NRA, everybody who owns a gun in the USA gets the appropriate safety training !

  • andrew

    Very sad.

  • TheManicMechanic

    My heart goes out for the book.

    Seriously, I am having a tough time feeling bad for them given their titanic stupidity. You simply don’t play around with firearms (or walk into Mordor), period. But, hey, up the ante by an order of magnitude and use unpredictable, high powered firearms to boot! Want to play with guns? There’s laser tag, airsoft and water pistols.

    Sheesh.

  • JCF

    “Perez used a .50-caliber Desert Eagle pistol in the stunt”

    OMG! I don’t even know guns, but I know the phrase “50-caliber”. I’m sorry my first (and perhaps last) inclination is to say “Darwin Award Winner” (but if that baby is his—and hers—then I guess they beat those odds). RIP. [Please, CPS, keep that baby safe? And perhaps give it to some Quakers?]

  • EqualityForAll

    Reminds me of young kids who jump off of roofs with a towel tied around their necks like a cape – stupidly thinking they’re going to fly like Superman. But wait – these weren’t kids, right?