Back in the day, after my idiot best friend flipped the bird at a motorist who cut us off, said motorist chased us though North Providence in a Lincoln Continental the size of Lincoln Nebraska. Luckily, my Ford Pinto was more nimble than his behemoth (thank you, Pirelli P3s). If Lincoln guy had caught up with me . . . carrying a gun in a car is not a bad idea. Using it in anger is not. Forgive the pun, but when tempers flare, calm the F down. Advice underlined by the sad case of one Dante Stewart . . .
A road rage incident in Santa Cruz County on Friday ended when one of the drivers pulled a flare gun and fired it at the other car, setting it on fire, according to police.
It’s not clear what initially set off Dante Stewart, 63, before he pulled out a flare gun and fired it into another car near Capitola Avenue and Woodrose Avenue at around 4 p.m. on Friday.
However, sheriff’s deputies said that it’s lucky nobody was injured.
The flare gun ignited a small fire inside the car, which had four people inside.
The driver extinguished it and Stewart, of Capitola, was later arrested at his home.
Stewart is now facing charges of arson and assault with a deadly weapon.
The antis are sure to seize on this story [via nbcnews.com] as proof that A) people are too crazy to own guns, B) it’s a good thing that it’s hard for Californians to get guns, and C) regulate flare guns! To which I reply . . .
A) Law-abiding citizens need guns to protect themselves against crazy people, B) anything that makes it more difficult for law abiding citizens to own guns reduces their ability to protect themselves against crazy people, and C) stop regulating shit already! It doesn’t work.
As for Mr. Stewart’s IGOTD award, he might like to know that it’s flame resistant.