When it comes to gun violence, we hear a lot from the left about school shootings and domestic situations that lead to shots fired.
At the same time as leftist legislators try to ease up punishments on gun violence and gang shootings, we hear about how law-abiding gun owners need to be restricted to stop criminals.
It makes no sense in most cases, but there is one situation that needs a deeper look from 2A supporters and conservatives: road rage and guns.
Road Rage and Guns
Road rage is bad enough on its own. Let’s be honest, the behavior of some drivers can be extremely frustrating. Getting cut off is just the beginning.
We’re talking about someone tailing you for no reason, weaving in and out of lanes like they’re drunk, and being passive-aggressive in a hundred other frustrating ways. Road rage can be the result when you’ve had enough of people driving like idiots.
However, when road rage combines with guns, the result can be deadly, with an increasing number of road rage shootings making headlines across the country. The latest example comes out of Florida and the case of Eric Popper.
Former firefighter Eric Popper faces jail in the US after opening fire on another motorist while driving on a Florida highway.
His lawyer claims he thought his vehicle had been shot at and so responded with his own handgun.
— Sky News (@SkyNews) February 1, 2022
The Eric Popper Case
Eric Popper is a former firefighter from Florida who had a very bad day on the road. Last June, he was driving on the I-95 near Miami and veered in front of another driver. The other motorist was angry about Popper’s driving and began following him.
This angered Popper; dashcam video shows the two swearing at each other and gesturing in rude ways. It is not 100% clear what occurred next and who fired first.
However, footage shows Popper firing wildly out of his window at the other driver, Rene Suarez. The other driver was in a Toyota Camry and appears to have been unarmed.
According to his lawyer, Suarez threw a bottle at Popper’s vehicle, which led Popper to open fire on the man with 11 rapidly-fired rounds.
After doing this, Popper pulled over, called police, then turned himself in. He’s facing second-degree felony charges.
Suarez and Popper both survived without injuries, but were shaken up. Not everyone is so lucky…
VIDEO: The parents of 20-year-old Humphrey Magwira, a University of Houston student from Tanzania shot dead in a road rage incident, call for an end to gun violence in the United States 🇺🇸 🇹🇿 pic.twitter.com/weHeau6yIM
— Tanzania Business Insight (@TanzaniaInsight) October 19, 2021
Road Rage is a Big Problem
Road rage is a serious problem that can have deadly consequences. Popper and Suarez are both lucky that none of the shots landed. However, the death of Houston University student Humphrey Magwira shows just how deadly road rage and guns can be.
Driving through tough conditions and dangerous neighborhoods can be very stressful. Yet, generally speaking, keeping a loaded gun next to you in your vehicle is a bad idea if you can’t control your anger and road rage.
Not only should you not be taking a gun into traffic if you have serious road rage; you shouldn’t be driving a car either.