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Are Mandatory Prison Time Laws Overdue for Carrying Any Firearm in a Car?

Very recently two children were wounded by gun fire as each of their fathers got into a road rage incident on the highway and began shooting. Are mandatory prison sentences long overdue for carrying a firearm in a car because cars are an exceptional requirement?

It’s Time for Change on Our Roadways

Firstly, I am not anti-gun. Having served in the military and trained years ago at a Law Enforcement Academy in Arizona---I believe in the 2nd Amendment. However, I am not pro-NRA. Primarily because I believe too many of their views are based less on commonsense and more on power.

And that’s all I care to say about the matter.

However, a recent news release about two fathers engaged in a road rage incident shooting at each other leading to the wounding of both of their very young daughters has prompted me to post this news bit and ask whether carrying any firearms in a vehicle should be not just outlawed (because we know how well that works out) but carry a mandatory prison sentence. Even if no crime or shooting is involved.

I would make the argument that it is time for a change on our roadways because cars should qualify as a special exception to firearm possession. You cannot take a ride down any highway today without witnessing at least one road rage incident of some type. Couple that with a firearm being within easy reach and you wind up with multiple ruined lives just as we learned about today in the news.

That said, here is a Law and Crime YouTube video copy of a news release about what happened and how those involved reacted to the situation. Be forewarned that some of the video is disturbing as you hear cries from the wounded.

‘I Don’t Want to Die’: Two Daughters Shot After Fathers Clash in Road Rage Incident

And finally…

We want to hear from you: What is your reaction to the video and what happened? Do you believe that cars on highways merit special consideration when it comes to gun laws? Should there be mandatory prison sentencing for having a firearm in a car---even when no crime is committed?

Timothy Boyer is a Torque News automotive reporter based in Cincinnati. Experienced with early car restorations, he regularly restores older vehicles with engine modifications for improved performance. Follow Tim on Twitter at @TimBoyerWrites for daily new and used vehicle news.

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Sam Hogsett (not verified)    October 20, 2022 - 4:21PM

Absolutely not, punish criminal behavior not law abiding citizens and a person's car is their home and the same carry laws ought to apply.

Flip (not verified)    October 20, 2022 - 7:07PM

I reject your notion of making it illegal to carry a firearm in my own vehicle. All too often we see articles where armed carjackers injure or even kill motorist. Why should I be left defenseless because of a few idiots? My vehicle is by extension my castle. My vehicle is my place and means of business. I travel to and from jobs in it. It also allows me to carry my tools and equipment to job sites. If a carjacker is able to pull me from my vehicle at a stoplight my income will be severely impacted. My truck would end up totaled and my tools of my trade sold off by some parasite. That is thousands of dollars to replace my truck, thousands of dollars to replace my tools and equipment. All of which can easily be prevented by me having the means to defend myself. I live in Florida where I can send a carjacker into the next world,.if I have to. I kind of like that piece of mind. I pray I never have to defend myself but I take comfort in the knowledge I can if the occasion arises .

Imagine you are driving along minding your own business and you somehow p©ss another driver off. The other driver follows you home and confronts you before you can get out of the car. The other drivers aggression escalates and he begins to hit you through your now broken driver's side window. What do you do? Call police? You can't call because the other guy is beating the crap out of you. What do you do? If you are unarmed you will be may have a black eye and a fat lip, you can be brain dead or dead. There are numerous instances of a fight where one punch results in death. If the scenario happens to me, I will be able to call the police to come and get the trash out of my driveway. All because I have the means to defend myself.

Making people defenseless can not and will not make them safer. I would rather die defending myself than on my knees begging for my life. No parasite will drag me down the road because I couldn't get out of my vehicle fast enough. I have worked hard to have what I have. I'll be damned if I will roll over and let a parasite take it.

Keep in mind the case of "Gonzalez vs castle rock". The United States supreme Court ruled "the police are not obligated to protect you." With the majority opinion written by the late Justice Antonin Scalia. I am my own first is the job of the police to draw the chalk line around your body, THEN investigate your murder..

David (not verified)    October 21, 2022 - 12:20AM

I have a cw permit where I live and I have held one for years now. I’m also a military veteran, so I follow all my state laws. I have never thought about pulling my weapon out much less fire it unless I am target shooting, only carry it for self and family protection. I have watched our country go straight to shit and people have become so unpredictable. I hope and pray that I will never have to use it but I have it just in case.

Jason (not verified)    October 21, 2022 - 12:28PM

Absolutely not. We have a fundamental right to defend ourselves no matter where we are. I hold a ccw permit, and am legally allowed to carry on my person, concealed, within any state that allows me to do so. My rights do not end in the drivers seat. Neither does my responsibility to protect myself and those around me if need be. The only changes that need to be made is judges need to enforce the laws and stop letting people off lightly. If I am ever put into a position I must use my weapon, I know I am responsible and liable for every action I take and that I must justify my actions to a jury of my peers. So I better be certain of my target and what is beyond it. Depending on the writers MOS, there is a very real chance I have trained with my firearms more this year than he has in his life of military and LEO. Neither require consistent training. Nor does either qualify you as an expert on the subject matter. The writers opinion however is noted, albeit grossly negligent in its assertion.

Bob (not verified)    October 21, 2022 - 2:14PM

Makes me recall a local news story from the early 2000's after I moved to Houston for a few years. It was a similar headline as this story and reported from the "victim's" point of view. To me, the ridiculousness of the story, aside from being cast as a normal commute, was after being hit by gunfire with his child in the truck (of course it was a truck), the transition statement to the end of the story was, "He returned fire, and..."

I was also in the military for 15 years and have fired all sorts of US and captured Soviet weapons (including Claymore mines which are especially memorable), and believe there is no place for anything other than a handgun outside an armory. There is no threat to your home that requires a long range assault weapon. If you want to play with guns, go join the Army or Marines and learn how to do it safely, otherwise go check out one of your gun collection objects from the arms room when you want to go hunting or shooting. It will also be available in this regard for "the common defense" if needed.

Eddie Murray (not verified)    October 21, 2022 - 4:06PM

Regarding the criminal idiots in the video; thank God they didn't kill anyone. Now put them both in prison for the maximum sentence.
I'm a veteran air force police officer and civilian concealed license holder for 40 years.
In contrast to your premise that you'll see road rage while driving down any highway, I've seen relatively few. My experience is that they occur in more congested urban or suburban areas. I spent this last year touring much of the USA by car and RV and saw none. Legally armed, I only travel where my concealed weapon license is recognized. Thank you

Eric (not verified)    October 21, 2022 - 6:16PM

Since your vechiles are considered an extension of your home,the same rules apply. While road rage incidents involving shooting, is tragic I think they are not the norm. If you try to make carring a vechile a crimnal offense, you punish law abiding citizens. Someof us have a good moral background and have training on firearms.