MURFREESBORO, TENNESSEE — Driving along the freeway, a Tennessee man encountered a four door sedan driving at an incredibly low rate of speed. When he honked his horn briefly and passed him, the driver of the slow-moving vehicle became enraged and began following close behind him waving his middle finger. If the incident stopped right then, we could all just chalk it up to some minor upset. However, this driver decided to follow him home.
According to FOX 17 Nashville, the victim pulled over outside his house and saw the white car parked behind him. At this point, he felt his life was in danger. He brandished his handgun and told the man to leave. The man did after recording the victim’s license plate number.
Police are not looking at this case as a brandishing case, though. Typically, when a concealed carrier brandishes a handgun, it’s considered a threat and treated as such. But in this particular case, it is apparent he was followed home and there was an element of danger by not confronting the man.
Police are contemplating charges ranging from criminal trespassing to assault in relation to the driver’s actions. The victim of this situation, though, has not been charged.
This is reminiscent of a similar situation that was talked about on Reddit’s /r/ccw subreddit awhile back.
This was a couple years back. I was driving on a three-lane highway in the center lane. In the right lane, there was a trucker who kept drifting over into the center lane as if he was nodding off. I honked the horn when he was almost about to hit me, but this apparently set him into some kind of rage. He started leaning out the window, swearing at me, giving me the finger, and most importantly swerving his truck at me as if he was going to intentionally hit me.
I called the police to report this as I switched lanes, trying to get away from him. The dispatcher told me to pull over to the side of the road and wait for an officer, which I did. This turned out to be a mistake because the trucker ended up seeing this, and parked his semi in such a way that I couldn’t drive out without reversing into oncoming traffic. (It was one of those grass shoulders, not the small shoulder you might find on most highways.)
He got out of his truck and started approaching my car, with some kind of object in his right hand. It almost looked like some kind of baton. I drew my gun and pointed it at him through the windshield when he got close enough to see it. This was enough to stop him dead in his tracks. He stood there for a few seconds before walking back to his truck and driving away.
The police picked him up a couple hours later. Apparently he had a record of assault, reckless driving, using a vehicle to threaten others, etc. He ended up losing his commercial drivers license over this incident.
Just goes to show you, you never know when you’re going to run into some psychopath.
And that’s who we’re dealing with. We’re dealing with people who resort to violence at a whim and are willing to dismiss the law of the land. They may even believe that somehow they are justified or in the right in their actions.
And if you engage those people, you’re stepping into a sticky pile of crazy.
This driver did what he knew best — protect himself and his home.
We never know when we’re going to be faced with mentally unstable people. That’s why we carry everyday and drive defensively.