back to article Strip club selfie bloke's accidental discharge gets him 6 years in clink

A Florida man has been sent to prison for six years and five months after he shot up a strip club toilet while taking a selfie. In December, patrons of Club Lust in St Petersburg, in America's Sunshine State, were startled to hear the sound of gunfire in the men's bathroom. A .40 caliber round shattered one of the mirrors in …

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Florida

Come on Texas, you can do better than this.

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it wouldn't make news in Texas, in fact he'd most likely win a prize.

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The ultimate "blow job".

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Sorn explained that he didn’t realize the gun was loaded,

You mean he didn't (obviously) check it's status on initially taking possession of it? He just put a firearm, of unknown loaded/unloaded/safe/unsafe/charged/uncharged status, in his pocket? Moron!

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This is the kind of goofball that's dangerous to have around. It's better for everybody, including himself, if he's locked up.

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He's lucky it didn't go off in his pocket then.... then he really would have been pissed off.... Would have taken all the Pride out of Asian Pride...

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It gets better when you think about, not only is he challenged about the gun but he then fails to get rid of it when he must of known of his inability to carry one. I mean who honestly believes they can fire a gun in the toilets causing damage and the owners aren't going to call the police?

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I'm surprised the owner hasn't sued for damages, but then since the man's now a two-time felon, he probably doesn't have much to spare away and the owner will probably stick the bill to his insurance company.

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he then fails to get rid of it when he must of known of his inability to carry one

aaaargh, cannot resist :(

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And yet there are idiots like this that are (or in this case was) against safety training

http://americannewsx.com/hot-off-the-press/darwin-award-anti-gun-safety-activist-shot/

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On the other hand

On the other hand, the friend he borrowed the firearm from might not have cared to have the gun discarded. Given its illegal source, it probably wasn't cheap. The risk of having the police find him with the gun might have been less than having the friend blame him for getting away without it.

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Most idiots like this haven't a clue. Ever see the way most of the gang bangers treat firearms? Firing the thing (pistols usually) tilted on the side or even upside down? They seem to have seen too many bad movies and also obviously think guns are toys.

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Actually...

"Ever see the way most of the gang bangers treat firearms?"

Nope, I never have. I have seen bad movies where the bad guys do that, but never any real 'gang bangers'.

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are senior moments eligible for Darwins???

"anti-gun-safety-activist" could be read both ways.

I initially thought what is an anti-gun, safety, activist doing with a gun?". That's odd - what is someone who objects to guns doing with a gun?

But not quite as stoopid as an anti "gun-safety" activist. Someone who objects to gun safety, not to guns. Oh well, fully deserving of Darwins, although, at 60, one fears Harmon might have already polluted the gene pool.

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"He's lucky it didn't go off in his pocket then..."

IS2R some old British Army joke about a serviceman keeping a souvenir weapon he had acquired on manoeuvres which, due to his lack of familiarity with the model, went off in his pocket neatly severing the top of his manhood.

He was drummed out of the army, of course, not for keeping the weapon or any subsequent negligence but because "everyone knows you have to be a complete knob to be in the British Army"

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I wouldn't have chosen goofball to describe someone who has committed a first degree murder.

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Good God.

Can I ask, do they still teach English in schools?

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"two obvious bulges"

From the Firestar website

"The Firestar series is a group of small, compact pistols designed for concealed carry."

More revealing than concealing it seems!

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Re: "two obvious bulges"

Is that a gun in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?

Someone had to...

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Re: "two obvious bulges"

I've shot a Star Firestar 9mm,.... don't recall it being particularly compact, it resembles a 1911, just a little shorter, so it's got a hammer, and a back strap, not features I'd look for for CC, I'd opt for something a bit smoother. It was however a pretty good pistol, my colleague and I shamed some Police 'marksmen' with one, they were full of bravado, but using 6" S&W .44 revolvers, way overpowered for taking on two geeky IT bods target shooting.

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He confused a Selfie Stick & a gun?

Last time I checked, & I admit that was back when I could still see so designs could have changed since then, but the two were shaped *NOTHING* alike.

How inebriated, incapacitated, or idiotic (or all three) do you have to be in order to confuse the two?

TFA doesn't mention if the cops found a Selfie Stick among the things in his pockets, so if he didn't have one then this becomes even more mind numbingly moronic.

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Re: He confused a Selfie Stick & a gun?

I didn't read any mention of a selfie-stick - I assume he was taking a photo of himself posing with the gun. Still, the article was so full of references to bulges and discharges that it could cause confusion.

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Re: He confused a Selfie Stick & a gun?

I'm not worried if he had a gun now.

If he was caught in possession of a selfie stick, then the sentence should be life!

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Re: He confused a Selfie Stick & a gun?

The crime is life; the sentence is death.

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Missing information

Was it a "gangsta" selfie complete with gun he was trying to take?

As in here I am in a toilet with a gun.

Does this raise your street (or toilet) cred?

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Neither. He was obviously toilet training his kid. That's how we do things here in America - we toilet rain our children at gunpoint. Best thing about this method is that it only takes one day whether it works or not.

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not enough Xanax?

"I didn’t know it was going to go off."

Please... a loaded guy with a loaded gun. Let your imagination run away with this one.

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Re: not enough Xanax?

Hoping people like this remove themselves from the gene pool come to mind.

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"it's in my pocket man! It's my friend's, he has a license to carry it"

Oh, well, that's all right then. Presuming of course that his friend carries *him*. (Would that make Sorn a "man purse"?)

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Don't mock. I'm planning to start using that excuse. I reckon it'll go down great with the police - and it's much easier than taking my driving test.

Particularly as it would be illegal for me to do so, due to poor eyesight.

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Right to bear arms

Ah ha! So prior burglary and attempted murder charges are what it takes to deny someone the right to bear arms. Looks like we've found the line, surprised this hasn't made bigger news!

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Don't you remember that documentary in the 80s? It was called The Dukes of Hazzard I think...

They weren't allowed to carry firearms, due to being on probation or something. Though they did have bows and arrows, and dynamite, in the boot of the car.

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Re: Right to bear arms

I've never understood why Americans think that owning ursine forelimbs is so important.

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"attempted murder charges are what it takes to deny someone the right to bear arms"

I think you'll find there were more significant factors involved, such as the gentleman in question not being white. Although that's more of an excuse than the actual law [1], to be fair.

[1] For now. Expect the tangerine twat's executive order prohibiting black people from owning Dodge Chargers at any moment.

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@Roj: Nah - you've got all mixed up. It's all about the right to sport a ridiculous hillbiilly suntan, Shirley?

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'Cause it's a misprint.

Beats me why the founding fathers were so keen on arming bears, but there it is...

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Re: Right to bear arms

Winters are *cold* here...

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Re: Right to bear arms

If you don't mind holding the soggy end, they can be wielded quite effectively. : -)

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RE: Right to bear arms

Larry the Cable Guy got it right https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Right_to_Bare_Arms

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I love Florida

See title

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So I guess he was trying to take a selfie of himself while proudly showing off his gun.

He didn't check that it was loaded or that the safety was on, he's lucky he didn't kill someone.

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WTF?

Used his phone in a strip club?

And he still has fingers?!

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He did what, where?

He shot his load in the toilet; there are better places than that.

Mines the one with the soggy hanky in the pocket

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Good to know...

"The police were called and found Sorn, a reputed member of the local Asian Pride gang,"

..that asian pride folk are just as retarded as their white pride counterparts.

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Dont panic!

"The plod did a background check and found that Sorn had been prior convictions for home burglary and attempted first-degree murder, and as such wasn't allowed to own a firearm."

The good news is there is nothing to worry about. Apparently this guy wasnt allowed to own a firearm by law. And according to the serial number the gun couldnt have been there as it would have to illegally cross state lines. So we can feel good about that at least.

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Bah!

What a depressingly stupid human being.

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Porcelain and pistols

A co-worker said that one of his brothers in law once did in his parents' toilets. The brother in law claimed accidental discharge, the father suspected that the guy thought he was dry snapping and didn't know that there was a round in the chamber. And Auberon Waugh's (speaking of firearm incompetence) autobiography mentions a fellow officer doing in a toilet in Cyprus.

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Re: Porcelain and pistols

A late friend of mine had a careless discharge while practicing drawing his new .38 spl snubby. Unlike his Browning Hi Power it was double action (yes he should have unloaded it the twat) and he shot a hole in the mirror he was practicing in front of. Unfortunately for him the mirror was on the end of a long built in wardrobe and he nailed every coat, suit, jacket, trousers and shirt he owned plus half his wife's clothing.

He was normally very careful with guns but ..... Cost him an arm and a leg when wife upgraded her replacement clothes.

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The guy should fell lucky he is still alive

This really reads like some Darwin Prize stuff.

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Kudos for reporting make and model of the firearm. If only we knew the model of phone and which social network he was attempting to use, but sadly it's probably not information available to the public.

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