I’m sure most of you reading this have experienced road rage at one point or another in your driving career. I’ve become agitated in traffic and made obscene gestures or voiced my displeasure through an open window towards another driver. But never has the thought crossed my mind to physically harm another driver. As a matter of fact, soon after making a total rear-end out of myself I’ve come to my senses and felt like a complete idiot for having let my emotions get the better of me.
I can still hear my mother’s voice telling me, “Never antagonize another driver because you have no idea who they are or what they’re willing to do.” Her words of wisdom rang true as I read a recent news report out of Ionia, Michigan this morning.
Two drivers shot and killed each other last night in a act of road rage. The driver of the first car had pulled over to let the tailgater behind him pass. The tailgater, not being content to simply pass, also pulled to the side of the road, disembarked his vehicle and began shooting at the first driver with a handgun. The first driver, who was also armed with a handgun, returned fire in defense of his own life. The bullets fired from both mens guns found their mark as each man fell to the ground mortally wounded. Worse, an innocent female passenger in the second car began screaming for help prompting two men in the area to come running to their aid. When the rescuers arrived both men were still clinging to life, but both soon expired.
According to news reports, both men were legally armed and possessed valid concealed carry permits.
Anti-gun forces have long argued that allowing citizens to carry concealed weapons would result in running gun battles in the street. While such incidents are exceedingly rare, as this story shows, such acts of violent idiocy do in fact occur.
My last act of “road rage” took place over 5 years ago. My first son was born at this time which prompted many changes in my behavior including taking the advice of my dear mom to not provoke other drivers. I should have came to my wits long beforehand and heeded her sound advice, but thankfully I avoided running into that one crazed lunatic willing take another mans life over being flipped the finger in traffic. My middle finger now remains calmly nestled between my index and ring fingers.
The moral to this story is to do your best to avoid conflict. Altercations in traffic are senseless and can escalate quickly. Be safe out there my brothers and sisters, and please, strive to be examples of responsible firearms ownership.