People of the Gun! There are idiots amongst us. And? While no one wants to arm a-holes it’s better to risk occasional ballistic douchebaggery than it is to remove Americans’ natural, civil and Constitutional right to keep and bear arms. That way criminal dominance and government tyranny lies. Besides, we have more than enough data to conclude that irresponsible gun ownership is a black swan deal. Every day, more than 150 million American gun owners don’t shoot (or shoot at) the wrong person or, indeed, any person. This undeniable fact makes the occasional concealed carry license holders’ firearms-related stupidity all the more remarkable and, in this case, spectacular . . .
Two Milwaukee men — each with a state permit to carry a concealed weapon — traded dozens of shots in a rolling shootout through two sides of town and down a freeway, the kind of Wild West scenario concealed carry opponents warned would turn road rage incidents deadly.
See? There is a Wild West scenario! Toldja! Toldja! We should restrict gun ownership! ‘Cause next time it might be cops! I mean, someone might get hurt! Anyway, there are two versions of what went down in Milwaukee published by jsonline.com, neither of which brings glory to the participants. Version A:
Adamany said he’d had just left the Taco Bell near S. 14th and W. Burnham streets and was pulled over to send text message when a gold Dodge Magnum pulled. A passenger said, “What are you looking at, white boy?” showed a chrome handgun and fired at Adamany’s car, striking the driver’s side mirror, before speeding off.
Adamany told a detective he reached for his gun immediately but the safety was on. He said he called 911 and began following the Dodge as it headed for the freeway, and that someone in the Dodge fired a few more shots at him. He said the two cars were swerving around other traffic before the Dodge left the freeway briefly, then re-entered at W. Fond du Lac Ave.
That’s when Adamany began emptying the magazine of his gun, shooting out the window with his left hand while driving and using the phone with his right hand, he told police.
That’s some fancy shootin’ Tex! I’m a little skeptical about the plausibility of someone who shoots and drives and calls on the phone all at the same time pulling over to text in the first place, but otherwise . . . uh . . . that’s his best story? I reckon Roy Scott’s is better—if equally damning and bone-headed.
Scott told a different detective that he and a friend were driving near S. 27th and W. Howard Ave. or W. Morgan Ave. when a blue car passed him. The other driver, Scott said, “mean mugged” him and showed a black handgun.
Scott grabbed his gun and showed it back before speeding away. Soon the blue car was chasing him, Scott said, firing shots. So Scott fired back out his driver’s window, pointing backward over his shoulder with his right hand, while steering with his left.
Scott said he finally had to exit I-43 at North Ave. because all his tires had been shot out, and his car came to rest on King Drive. He said the other man was still shooting, so he and his passenger ran away until they saw the deputy on N. 4th St.
Is mean-mugging a part of gang-banging? Who knew? And while it seems absurd that neither man had a criminal record prior to applying for their concealed carry permit, wait, it is preposterous. In the interest of trust but verify, would someone please confirm these knuckleheads’ CHL-holdership?
Anyway, as I said, this incident doesn’t make any difference in the grand scheme of things. At least it shouldn’t.