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Guy accidentally shoots himself in the face after bullet ricochets off an armadillo

There are many, many good reasons not to own a gun – here is yet another one.

Time and time again, researchers have found that people who own firearms are far more likely to injure or kill themselves than be shot by someone else.

In fact, a University of Pennsylvania study revealed that gun-owners are 4.5 times more likely to be shot than noncarriers.

Adding to this important body of research, I would hazard a guess that dickheads who shoot at armadillos are exponentially more likely to accidentally shoot themselves in the face than people who don’t shoot at armadillos.

Conan O'Brian with an armadillo

Here’s Conan O’Brian with an armadillo that he didn’t shoot. As a result, he did not cop a bullet to his face.

A Texas man (obviously) has had to have his jaw wired shut and be airlifted to a hospital after he shot an armadillo in his backyard, and the bullet legit ricocheted off the animal’s hard shell and into his face.

Cass County Sheriff Larry Rowe told the media:

“His wife was in the house. He went outside and took his .38 revolver and shot three times at the armadillo,” Rowe said.

Armadillos are generally very docile, peaceful creatures so it’s pretty safe to assume this dude, like many other Texas dudes, just wanted to shoot something.

What he didn’t count on was the animal’s carapace – it’s impossibly hard, outer shell made up of thousands of bone plates to protect it from predators and dickheads with guns.

Of course, you never want to see anyone get shot in the face – but maybe if you shoot at an innocent animal minding its own business, and that very same bullet smashes you in the face…well, maybe you deserve it just a little bit.

Karmadillo’s a bitch.

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