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Largo Teen Who Shot Himself Playing Russian Roulette Dies
The Ledger.com ^ | 7/1/2012

Posted on 07/02/2012 8:18:35 PM PDT by Beave Meister

LARGO | Surrounded by teenage friends on the back porch of his house, Thorin Montgomery was first up in a contest of Russian roulette.

Right away, the .38-caliber revolver fired its round. Badly wounded, the 17-year old was rushed to the hospital Friday night. Keeping vigil, friends wrote wishes online that he might summon some sort of inner strength and pull through.

But he died around 3 a.m. Sunday at Bayfront Medical Center. And friends who now dedicated Web posts to his memory struggled to reconcile how the teen with a bright smile and happy demeanor could be dead.

"Truly blessed to have been such amazing friends with you Thorin … rest your soul in paradise," wrote one.

Deaths and injuries from the act of bravado — putting a bullet in the chamber, spinning it, pointing it at your head and pulling the trigger to see if it goes off — are uncommon in Florida, but not unheard of. An expert who has studied the phenomenon suggests it's one way young men — and the victims are almost always young men — seek the rush of a thrill.

(Excerpt) Read more at theledger.com ...


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Oh, I'm sure the gun manufacture will get blamed for this one. At least Thorin's been removed from the gene pool...
1 posted on 07/02/2012 8:18:45 PM PDT by Beave Meister
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To: Beave Meister

Darwin wins again.


2 posted on 07/02/2012 8:21:51 PM PDT by Ronin (Dumb, dependent and Democrat is no way to go through life - Rep. L. Gohmert, Tex)
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To: Beave Meister

Stupid people should never pick up a gun.


3 posted on 07/02/2012 8:22:21 PM PDT by Ron C.
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To: Beave Meister
...struggled to reconcile how the teen with a bright smile and happy demeanor ...and lacking the common sense of a cockroach.. could be dead.

I'm sure everyone was stunned. This NEVER happens in the movies...

5 posted on 07/02/2012 8:25:18 PM PDT by OrangeHoof (Our economy won't heal until one particular black man is unemployed.)
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To: Ron C.

You can’t fix stupid.


6 posted on 07/02/2012 8:25:36 PM PDT by Kevin in California
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To: Beave Meister

First up. First out.


7 posted on 07/02/2012 8:26:45 PM PDT by paddles ("The more corrupt the state, the more it legislates." Tacitus)
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To: Beave Meister

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes. At 17 I had been shooting for years and had no doubt my guns, and my father’s, could kill me if misused in such a stupid way.


8 posted on 07/02/2012 8:28:37 PM PDT by MtBaldy (If Obama is the answer, it must have been a really stupid question)
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To: OrangeHoof

What a fun game! Can we play online?

Why in hell would you even consider it unless satan had blocked your thinking self...


9 posted on 07/02/2012 8:28:46 PM PDT by One Name (Go to the enemy's home court and smoke his ass.)
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To: Beave Meister

Years ago, a male student at my high school died playing Russian Roulette, don’t remember his name.


10 posted on 07/02/2012 8:29:33 PM PDT by Aliska
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To: Beave Meister
Surrounded by teenage friends

Don't think so.

11 posted on 07/02/2012 8:31:04 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Choosing between Roger Taney and John Roberts would be difficult.)
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To: Beave Meister

I’m sure that they will praise the kid at his funeral and blame it on someone else. The parents will form a non-profit organization to educate the entire US on the dangers of firearms and try to deflect any criticism of their parenting skills. The guilt and blame will be redirected to the unidentified “them”.


12 posted on 07/02/2012 8:32:47 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (Skittle pooping unicorns are more common than progressives with honor & integrity.)
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To: Beave Meister

Friends??


13 posted on 07/02/2012 8:33:25 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Beave Meister

I’ve always associated males with Russian roulette. Has anyone ever read about a girl being that stupid? I suppose they have but I imagine it’s rare.


14 posted on 07/02/2012 8:34:58 PM PDT by OldPossum ( "it's" is the contraction of either "it is" or "it has"; "its" is the possessive pronoun)
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To: shibumi

15 posted on 07/02/2012 8:35:37 PM PDT by Salamander (I wanna hurt you just to hear you screaming my name.)
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To: Beave Meister

One thing good about the gene pool, it’s self-cleaning.


16 posted on 07/02/2012 8:36:24 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (ObamaCare is only the beginning. It's all downhill from here.)
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To: Beave Meister

Does that mean Thorin won or lost? I guess I don’t know the rules of that game too well.


17 posted on 07/02/2012 8:40:33 PM PDT by Past Your Eyes (What if there is no tomorrow? There wasn't one today.)
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To: OldPossum
Oh I don't know.
Karen Carpenter comes to mind.

♪ Well she starved her self to death, with no brother to stop her ♫
♪ so let's remember her now with a special TV offer ♪

18 posted on 07/02/2012 8:40:56 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Ronin

So how are the Darwin Awards actually determined?

Nominees significantly improve the gene pool by eliminating themselves from the human race in an obviously stupid way. They are self-selected examples of the dangers inherent in a lack of common sense, and all human races, cultures, and socioeconomic groups are eligible to compete. Actual winners must meet the following criteria:

Reproduction
Out of the gene pool: dead or sterile.

Excellence
Astounding misapplication of judgment.

Self-Selection
Cause one's own demise.

Maturity
Capable of sound judgment.

Veracity
The event must be true.


Meets all of the qualifications.

I believe we have a winner.

19 posted on 07/02/2012 8:41:19 PM PDT by Bratch
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To: Beave Meister

That party wasn’t a dud.


20 posted on 07/02/2012 8:44:38 PM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: Bratch

There is a Darwin award winner (confirmed), that lost at Russian Roulette playing with a semi-auto handgun.


21 posted on 07/02/2012 8:45:21 PM PDT by digital-olive
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To: windcliff; stylecouncilor

He went out with a bang ping.


22 posted on 07/02/2012 8:57:02 PM PDT by I Drive Too Fast
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To: Beave Meister
If Obammy had a son, he's look like Thorin Montgomery:





23 posted on 07/02/2012 9:05:21 PM PDT by 867V309
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To: Beave Meister


A bright future cut short.
24 posted on 07/02/2012 9:06:35 PM PDT by MNIL
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To: Beave Meister

I’m always perplexed by stories like this.


25 posted on 07/02/2012 9:12:48 PM PDT by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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To: Beave Meister
The players of Russian Roulette never consider that loosing is a real bitch. How do we know that this case of Russian Roulette is not a cover up for murder?
26 posted on 07/02/2012 9:16:02 PM PDT by oyez ( .Apparently The U.S. CONSTITUTION has been reduced to the consistency of quicksand.)
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To: Bratch

The only thing that could have boosted his score would have been trying to play with a semi-automatic.


27 posted on 07/02/2012 9:17:27 PM PDT by LouD (I stand with Scott Walker)
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To: Bratch

The only thing that could have boosted his score would have been trying to play with a semi-automatic.


28 posted on 07/02/2012 9:17:47 PM PDT by LouD (I stand with Scott Walker)
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To: MNIL

He only had a 1 in 6 chance of winning so the Schwartz must have been with him.


29 posted on 07/02/2012 9:20:45 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Beave Meister
Trayvon Martin's age. Any man who is about 30 or older can look back at himself and his friends at 17 and think, "I'm glad I made it, but looking back it certainly could have gone the other way." These kids didn't die at 17, they died of being 17. Some seventeen year olds just don't make it, as tragic as that is.
30 posted on 07/02/2012 9:25:35 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Beave Meister

Better to die than live the rest of your life with the sound of that hammer dropping every night you go to sleep.


31 posted on 07/02/2012 9:30:45 PM PDT by Royal Wulff
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To: Vince Ferrer

at least his medical bills are now covered.....


32 posted on 07/02/2012 9:32:29 PM PDT by nevermorelenore
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To: Beave Meister
Thorin Montgomery was first up in a contest of Russian roulette.

The house always wins in roulette.

33 posted on 07/02/2012 9:34:53 PM PDT by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: Ronin

Zing.... Instant thought when I saw the title......


34 posted on 07/02/2012 9:47:28 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: OrangeHoof

>>...struggled to reconcile how the teen with a bright smile and happy demeanor

Oh, sure. Just like in his photo. /s


35 posted on 07/02/2012 9:55:41 PM PDT by expat1000
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To: Salamander

No, no Thorin!

How many times we gotta tell you, man?

It’s ONE bullet, FIVE empty chambers.


36 posted on 07/02/2012 10:14:52 PM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: Vince Ferrer
Trayvon Martin's age. Any man who is about 30 or older can look back at himself and his friends at 17 and think, "I'm glad I made it, but looking back it certainly could have gone the other way." These kids didn't die at 17, they died of being 17.

Exactly. I'm female, but I remember teenaged boys doing things like this when I was growing up. We girls took chances, too, just in other ways. The teen years can be deadly.

Am I the only one to notice his name matches the name of a character in The Hobbit? RIP, young man.

37 posted on 07/02/2012 10:31:24 PM PDT by Tired of Taxes
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To: oyez
How do we know that this case of Russian Roulette is not a cover up for murder?

My first thought, too. I would guess the police have probably considered that possibility.

38 posted on 07/02/2012 10:33:48 PM PDT by Tired of Taxes
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To: Royal Wulff

Remember that old Vietnam era movie “Deerhunter”? I saw that and had spooky dreams for months afterwards.

Yes, this kind of crap is stupid, but so is a lot of the other high danger, thrill seeking crap that people tend to admire.


39 posted on 07/02/2012 10:35:48 PM PDT by Ronin (Dumb, dependent and Democrat is no way to go through life - Rep. L. Gohmert, Tex)
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To: digital-olive
There is a Darwin award winner (confirmed), that lost at Russian Roulette playing with a semi-auto handgun.

Seriously?? [facepalm]

40 posted on 07/02/2012 10:37:05 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: oyez
How do we know that this case of Russian Roulette is not a cover up for murder?

I guess you'd check and want the entry wound to be contact or point blank, and there should be GSR on his hand on the same side as the entry wound (and no GSR on the hands of any of the other "players")

41 posted on 07/02/2012 10:41:15 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Beave Meister

> it’s one way young men — and the victims are almost always young men — seek the rush of a thrill.

Pro Tip: Skateboards are cheaper than guns.


42 posted on 07/02/2012 11:07:46 PM PDT by BinaryBoy (We will have a liberal president. We don't have to have a liberal congress.)
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To: OldPossum

Girls starve themselves literally to death. Stupidity is an equal opportunity state of mind.


43 posted on 07/02/2012 11:18:55 PM PDT by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: Ron C.

At least he died doing what he loved.


44 posted on 07/02/2012 11:23:04 PM PDT by Krankor
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To: Beave Meister
At least Thorin's been removed from the gene pool...

From the Wikipedia:

History

The term "Russian Roulette" dates back to a 1937 short story of the same title:

‘Did you ever hear of Russian Roulette?’ [...] With the Russian army in Romania, around 1917, some officer would suddenly pull out his revolver, remove a cartridge from the cylinder, spin the cylinder, snap it back in place, put it to his head and pull the trigger.[1]

Note that this varies from the current practice of Russian Roulette, in that one chamber was left empty. Modern Russian Roulette places only one bullet in the gun.

Yep. The current example definitely bolsters Sir Charles' Theory.

45 posted on 07/02/2012 11:25:31 PM PDT by cynwoody
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To: Aliska
A guy my brother went to college with died from "accidental auto erotic asphyxiation".

As a parent I'd opt for the Russian thing as a way for my kid to go.

46 posted on 07/02/2012 11:26:48 PM PDT by Eagles6
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A bright future cut short.

I'm thinking from the looks of this dude and the activities he was endeavoring in, that his future wasn't that bright.

47 posted on 07/02/2012 11:35:27 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Eagles6

Well, you have a point.

But, I have had a friend offed himself in the same manner.

The blood and brains on the couch and wall were a mess.

I miss him. This was the stupidest thing.

A .380 auto that he was sure he was not loaded.

Yes, drugs were involved.


48 posted on 07/02/2012 11:38:35 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: Tired of Taxes

You’re not the only one to notice that. My thought on that was that someone who names their kid “Thorin” is probably a little further removed from reality than most parents. Very likely a lot of fantasy and escapism in that household.

Combine that with the standard propensity for teenage boy impressions of invulnerability, and you get someone who very likely didn’t even consider that in russian roulette sometimes the cartridge starts out under the hammer. He’s probably seen more than a few movies with RR scenes, where the characters involved go 3 or 4 pulls without anything happening.


49 posted on 07/03/2012 12:19:52 AM PDT by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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To: Beave Meister

50 posted on 07/03/2012 12:20:00 AM PDT by Uncle Slayton
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