You read it in the comments here almost every day: an armed society is a polite society. And that little bit of Heinleinian wisdom is generally holds true. But like any truism, there’s always an exception that proves the rule. Generally. And a lot of those general exceptions seem to happen while behind the wheel, for some reason. When two motorists took exception to each other’s motoring habits in idyllic Upper Burrell Township, PA this week, no one really acquitted themselves well . . .
From wpxi.com’s bare bones report, the whole thing started with one un-named driver riding the bumper of the other. That’s when they both made a mistake – pulling over to have it out. One of them got out of his car, though we don’t know if it was the tailgater or the tailgatee.
According to police, as a man walked toward another car to confront the driver, the driver accidentally shot himself in the leg.
Authorities said the other driver told the victim, “serves you right,” and left the scene. He’s not facing any charges, but police would still like to talk with him.
The local yokel had a little advice for the fumble-fingered firearm owner.
“I spoke with the guy who shot himself and I kind of recommended he go for some training on how to carry a firearm,” (Upper Burrell Township Police Chief Kenneth) Pate said. “Sure, the Constitution guarantees the right to carry one, but it doesn’t guarantee you the right to use one.”
Hey, Officer Krupke’s batting .500. Not bad for government work. At least he’s not limping around like our formerly furious driver. We hope receiving an IGOTD trophy doesn’t set him off again. But if it does, maybe he’ll have boned up on rules two and three by then. Maybe.