I was crawling through downtown Austin traffic the other day, late for my meeting with a potential food blogger (new project). The taxi in front of me was driving me crazy. Cutting me off, switching lanes to block me, letting lights turn red in front of him. Feeling the red mist descend, I pulled over, relaxed my breathing and gathered my thoughts. So I know what’s it’s like to get your four-wheeled dander up.
As New Mexico’s WCMH reports, Ms. Aragon (sp?) failed to chill when a man stood in the middle of an otherwise empty parking space. Ms. Aragon hit the man with her car. Angry words were exchanged. Her antagonist threw a cup of coffee on her vehicle. Ms. Aragon drew her .380 pistol, earning TTAG’s Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day award.
Note: the parking spot defender may have posed a legitimate threat of grievous bodily harm or death to the aspiring casino goer. At that point, Ms. Aragon would have been within her rights to opt for armed defense. Ish. As the instigator of the conflict, she would have had/will have a very difficult time in court — especially if she’d discharged her weapon.
Bottom line: don’t road rage, even when you’re in the right.