Whenever I see a Subaru, Prius or other PC automobile plastered with progressive bumper stickers I give it a wide berth. In mental health parlance, the driver has “issues.” I reckon it’s best to leave those folks alone; anyone who reduces their “argument” to a bumper sticker is not going to be a master of rhetorical nuance or, for that matter, rational thought. As nydailynews.com reports, someone should have told that to Edward Burns . . .
The 48-year-old Ozark resident pulled up alongside Laura Umphenour, whose Toyota Sienna is plastered with politically charged stickers, to let her know what he thought of her colorful bumper.
The dark minivan features decals reading “Hillary 2016,” “coexist,” “Not My President Or Yours Either” and “stop bigotry” with a silhouette of President Trump . . .
Burns pulled alongside Umphenour. He made the “L” sign with his hand, which typically means “loser.”
It seems that did not sit well with Umphenour, who fired back the middle finger.
“Fired back.” Geddit? You guessed it: Mr. Burns decided that Ms. Umphenour’s gesture was an imminent, credible threat of grievous bodily harm or death. Or something like that.
Burns decided to up Umphenour’s verbal barb, taking a Smith & Wesson .380-caliber handgun out of a holster on his waist, the Springfield News-Leader reported.
He pointed at Umphenour, who became startled.
“Laura said she was scared and jerked the steering wheel, which caused her to lose control of the vehicle,” the police report said.
She hit Burns and then crashed into a guardrail on the northbound side of U.S. 65, according to local news reports.
Cops who arrived at the scene found a fully loaded pistol tucked in a briefcase in Burns’ car.
He told police at the scene he “made a bad choice” even though he thought the liberal stickers were “stupid.”
Talking to the cops afterwards without counsel was even a worse choice. Not that I’m condoning brandishing while stupid. Far from it. In fact, Mr. Burns ears TTAG’s Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day award for bringing a gun to a sticker fight.
Mr. Burn’s will have plenty of time to contemplate his fate, between hiring a lawyer, losing his gun rights and paying-off Ms. Umphenour’s lawyer in the resulting civil suit.
Once again, don’t be that guy. Ever.