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#1 Mystery_of_GodST

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Posted 31 December 2010 - 10:05 PM

With one gun shot to the head, some people die, some people remain living with injuries.

I want to know which side of the head to shoot for an instant death?

Edited by Mystery_of_GodST, 31 December 2010 - 10:06 PM.

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#2 peacefultwo

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Posted 31 December 2010 - 10:25 PM

Why?
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#3 Mystery_of_GodST

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Posted 31 December 2010 - 10:54 PM

Inquiring minds want to know.

I want to know which side of the head will give an instant death
Right, left, back, front, what? And please explain why.

Edited by Mystery_of_GodST, 31 December 2010 - 10:57 PM.

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#4 peacefultwo

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Posted 31 December 2010 - 11:26 PM

You would find shooting yourself in the back of the head rather hard but either side of the head would do as it would blow your brains out.
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Posted 31 December 2010 - 11:44 PM

Is there a scientific explaination as to why shooting one part of the head would kill you definatley because of its brain functions in that area ?
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Posted 1 January 2011 - 12:51 AM

Is there a scientific explaination as to why shooting one part of the head would kill you definatley because of its brain functions in that area ?


The human brain can sustain a surprising amount of damage (e,g., Google search Phineas Gage) without causing death. Although not instantaneous, a gunshot to any area of the cortex can cause death through excessive intracranial pressure arising from either brain swelling or edema. Abraham Lincoln lingered for several days as a result of the brain injury cause by a low-caliber bullet that didn't exit his skull after being shot at close range from the back. Instantaneous death may only be caused by gunshots to the brain that also damage the brainstem, which regulates heart and lung function.

To some of us, it is not uncommon to think of such things around this time of the year. The holiday season seems to amplify the loneliness and misfortune some of us feel. However, such thoughts are unhealthy and one should seek the counsel of a mental healthcare provider should these thoughts persist.

Edited by DrmDoc, 1 January 2011 - 12:53 AM.

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Posted 1 January 2011 - 02:13 AM

Yes the brain can certainly survive a huge amount of injury, check out a site called rotten.com. A man quite literally blew his head off with a shotgun , all of it it looks like 2 masses resting on his shoulders and he survived, though i do not know if indefinitely the site is too disturbing for me to go and check.
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Posted 1 January 2011 - 12:12 PM

The human brain can sustain a surprising amount of damage (e,g., Google search Phineas Gage) without causing death. Although not instantaneous, a gunshot to any area of the cortex can cause death through excessive intracranial pressure arising from either brain swelling or edema. Abraham Lincoln lingered for several days as a result of the brain injury cause by a low-caliber bullet that didn't exit his skull after being shot at close range from the back. Instantaneous death may only be caused by gunshots to the brain that also damage the brainstem, which regulates heart and lung function.

To some of us, it is not uncommon to think of such things around this time of the year. The holiday season seems to amplify the loneliness and misfortune some of us feel. However, such thoughts are unhealthy and one should seek the counsel of a mental healthcare provider should these thoughts persist.


I agree with this, sounds too depressive. Also I noticed some other threads talking about inflicting injuries (mercury injections etc), what's the deal?
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Posted 1 January 2011 - 04:10 PM

I agree with this, sounds too depressive. Also I noticed some other threads talking about inflicting injuries (mercury injections etc), what's the deal?

Newyear back effect? I noticed also a hate message of Dennis (I presume it was him again) that went deleted quickly. I guess loneliness is to blame.
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Posted 1 January 2011 - 06:22 PM

My friend, who was a marine, says they are trained to 'shoot the T' as he called it. Sides of the T being the eyes, to the bridge of the nose, to the top of the mouth. Shooting these points straight on should cause instant death, though I haven't tried it myself. I would lazily assume, because I'm too tired to picture the areas of the brain ATM, that this would cause damage to the autonomic nervous system, more specifically the parasympathetic division, that controls involuntary action such as heart beat, breathing, etc.
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Posted 1 January 2011 - 06:52 PM

There have been cases of people receiving 12 bullets in the brain without dying, and, as already mentioned, Phineas Gage, who had a tamping iron blasted into his head and through his brain without lethal effect.

The most lethal areas of the brain to shoot are the most evolutionarily primitive, since these are the areas which control the heart beat and respiration rather than thought. So to kill yourself most effectively, you need to shoot yourself at the base of the head in the back, rather than, as is traditional, into the side of the head.

But shooting yourself in the brain is a risky method of suicide since many people don't shoot accurately and just wind up severely injuring themselves. Also, in many forms of death from shooting yourself in the brain, the actual mechanism of death is suffocation from blood running down your throat with your reflexes sufficiently damaged so you cannot respond adequately to the challenge of impending suffocation, so this is not the best way to go.

Shooting yourself in the heart is quicker and more certain, as long as you check in an anatomy text first to make sure you can find exactly where the heart is located. A larger calibre gun (e.g., 44 magnum) improves the certainty of death but increases the danger that you would miss your target from the resulting kick. A revolver also produces more damage than a pistol.

If I were ever to commit suicide, I would prefer the Warner Brothers Cartoon method, with two sticks of dynamite strapped to my head, since I wouldn't want anything to go wrong and wind up with non-lethal injuries that would just make life worse or more painful. Men generally commit suicide by using two or more lethal methods simultaneously, while women rarely do so. Males attempt suicide much less often than women, but are much more successful when they do. Most female 'suicide attempts' are in fact 'cry for help' suicides, which are not very lethal in design, like jumping out of a second-storey window for example.

Nothing in this post is intended to counsel suicide, of course, which would be illegal, but is just purely theoretical speculation.
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Posted 1 January 2011 - 08:17 PM

The UK's SAS aim to hit the Medulla Oblongata, which is the autonomic control centre...this consciously shuts down and physically immobilises the target as quickly as possible presumably bringing a speedy death.
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Posted 1 January 2011 - 09:05 PM

"The target..."
That makes me sick.
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Posted 1 January 2011 - 09:28 PM

"The target..."
That makes me sick.


Sorry if I've offended you but I was viewing the matter with a dispassionate and factual attitude thus my words reflect that.

Edited by StringJunky, 1 January 2011 - 09:29 PM.

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Posted 1 January 2011 - 10:43 PM

I think the best method of suicide would be to shoot yourself in the brainstem, in a hospital with "do not resuscitate" and "organ donor" written all over yourself. At least that way you might save someone else's life, or at least improve it. Even better odds of helping if you volunteer to donate a kidney too, so that they do the compatibility matching ahead of time. Of course, an even better idea is not to kill yourself -- there are really very few reasons to commit suicide, and most people who attempt suicide and fail change their minds about it (for obvious reasons we can't ask those who succeeded, though some religions say those people go to hell). Anyways, go on a giant roller coaster and if you get scared, you know that you don't want to die.
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Posted 1 January 2011 - 11:14 PM

I would also question why..
But if it is just curiosity, well as the phineas gage case has already been mentioned so I will just add that the human brain seems to be able to take significant damage and remain functional in some cases, I have experience with dealing with people who had suffered what you would expect to be immediately lethal projectile and blast injuries where death was anything but assured or fast. In regard to projectiles the point of aim, impact and what that translates to in the projectile pathway and exit can be surprisingly different.
I have witnessed a case where 2 12ga shotgun blasts via the roof of the mouth failed to kill or even result in unconsciousness despite effectively shredding the brain and shattering the skull <and other significant injuries> Cause of eventual death was infection.
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Posted 3 January 2011 - 02:12 PM

I want to know: in this case, who is the "target"?
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Posted 3 January 2011 - 11:02 PM

I want to know: in this case, who is the "target"?


Whoever they've got their sights trained on.
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Posted 4 January 2011 - 04:07 PM

http://il.youtube.co...h?v=i3Z-wDqlOIA

Edited by michel123456, 4 January 2011 - 04:09 PM.

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Posted 14 January 2011 - 04:17 AM

With one gun shot to the head, some people die, some people remain living with injuries.

I want to know which side of the head to shoot for an instant death?



Well, I think it depends. The brain won't functions if it got shot in the head.
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