The video of a “road rage” incident in Dallas Texas has gotten a lot of attention from gun control advocates like Moms Demand Action for Gunsense in America because it appears to show one driver brandishing a firearm out the window of his truck. Reportedly, at about 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, somewhere between Walnut Hill and Northwest Highway in Dallas, a Nissan Altima and a Dodge Ram nearly collide, twice, as the pickup keeps drifting toward the left-hand lane. The driver of the Nissan tries to go around the truck, at which point the driver of the pickup rolls down the window and appears to briefly point a handgun at the driver of the sedan. That puts a quick end to things, as the Nissan hangs back and lets the truck keep on driving toward downtown Dallas. See full video here.
Gun control advocates point to this incident as justification to further restrict private ownership of firearms and to oppose the pending open carry law in Texas for Handgun License holders. Brandishing a firearm is illegal, even in Texas, and the driver of the pick-up truck was clearly not acting responsibly. That being said, the gun did not just go bang and kill someone all by itself and the “road rage” incident ended without anyone being harmed or property being damaged.
Just last week we reported on another “road rage” incident out of California, a Woman Accused Of Running Down Navy Chief Petty Officer In Road Rage Killing. 26 year-old Imperial Beach resident Darla Renee Jackson, was driving her black Nissan Altima northbound on Interstate 5, near E Street in Chula Vista, around 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, when CHP officers say she became involved in some type of disagreement with a man riding a red Ducati motorcycle. After the two drivers transitioned from I-5 to eastbound State Route 54, just passed National City Boulevard, Jackson hit the rider from behind, then proceeded to run-over him, Highway Patrol officers stated. Mrs. Jackson now faces one count of murder in what officers are calling an incident of “road rage” gone awry.
Both incidents are examples of blatantly irresponsible behavior. However, the incident involving a recognized weapon, a firearm, resulted in no injuries or damage, while the other, where the car was the weapon, resulted in the death of Navy’s special operations group CPO Zachary Buob. Most people don’t think of their car as a weapon, in fact many people feel invincible inside their car as if it was a tank and quite often use that “tank” as a weapon on the road. Gun owners argue that people having firearms in public can escalate incidents like the one in the video, but it could also be argued that in the incident in Dallas, the firearm de-escalated the “road rage.”
Almost anything can be used as a weapon, including firearms and cars, so personal responsibility is necessary in order for people to make use of those items without harming others. Vehicles are strictly regulated, requiring a licence to drive, insurance, safety inspections and even registration, but none of that prevents a vehicle from being used as a weapon. Regulation of firearms is not so consistent, varying from state to state and in some cases from city to city. However, unlike a car, a firearm as well as the right to keep and bear it is constitutionally protected. What is at the core of the issue is human behavior and personal responsibility, which is a societal issue much more than a legislative one. They say you cannot legislate morality, laws only affect those who are inclined to follow them.