Road rage is just plain stupid. When you let road rage overcome you, any hope of practicing Active Self Protection flies out the door! From every angle, there were significant mistakes here that could cost people very dearly.
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How do I protect myself from road rage??
- The first pillar of lawful, moral self-defense is “innocence.” (get a nutshell here: http://get-asp.com/wbbp or the whole concept here: http://get-asp.com/1fqe ) Innocence requires that we not be the instigator of the fight and that we not be the aggressor or the perpetrator. In some states when we attempt to leave or run we can re-establish innocence in self-defense, but states differ on that. Regardless, getting into a fight is a poor basis for a self-defense claim later, so always live in such a way that innocence isn’t a problem for you. In this road rage incident it’s not really clear who was the aggressor and who was the innocent party, but police want to talk to the shooter for sure. Make sure that you live a life of innocence!
- I think that the Rules of Stupid come into play here. The Rules of Stupid state that you should never (1) go to Stupid places, (2) with Stupid people, (3) at Stupid times, and (4) do Stupid things. You can usually get away with breaking one Rule of Stupid, but two or more really increase the odds of bad things happening. In this road rage incident, note the time (11:30 PM) was really close to Stupid. That by itself isn’t terrible, but if you’re doing stupid things like driving unthinkingly or hanging around in areas with stupid people, it’s a recipe for disaster.
- A life of self-protection must be dedicated to avoidance, de-escalation, and escape whenever possible. You win 100% of the fights that you don’t get in, so make a commitment to de-escalate, escape, or evade any encounter you possibly can. This is always our first choice as self-defenders. And de-escalating road rage means a wave, an apology, and a willingness not to stoke our own ego.
- One of the best ways to protect yourself while you’re in the car is to simply drive off. The car can get away quickly if you are ready, taking you out of danger. So be ready to drive off if you need to! Keep the car in drive until you’re ready to get out. Keep the engine running. If you’re aware of your surroundings you can escape a lot of problems, including road rage.
- The goal in any defensive firearms use (including road rage, if necessary) is to stop the threat. Never draw a firearm if you’re not willing to use it, but if the presence of the firearm stops the threat, don’t pull the trigger! If the bad guy flees or surrenders, that’s a very successful defensive firearm use and you’ve met the goal.
- First aid skills are important. If you’re going to train and prepare to take a life to defend yourself, you should also have skills, training, and equipment to save life should you need to. (I carry an individual first aid kit at a minimum) Often that will not involve defensive encounters, and in a defensive encounter your primary responsibility is to yourself and your loved ones. This road rage instigator shouldn’t have thrown that punch at all, but he certainly needed some first aid skills to get to the hospital after being shot!
Attitude. Skills. Plan.