That's an unfair generalization. I'll admit that living in litigation-crazy Cali changes your outlook (in Rome do as the Romans do), but I happen to be one of those conservative gun nuts that they haven't gotten rid of yet. Avoiding/defusing conflicts is just good advice in modern society. I get road rage and know I gotta keep it under control because they shoot, you shoot back, and then everybody loses, especially when the cops show up. A little courtesy and restraint may seem like pussified behavior to some, but it's just common sense and self-preservation. Rule #1: survive the commute.
Here in LA we have a lot of racial tension and gangs and we never know who's in the other car. If aggressive behavior rubs you the wrong way (good luck with that because it's an everyday occurrence!) you can always report road rage or drunken driving: cops are everywhere and hungry for tickets these days. I don't report people - I get out of the way so I don't end up on the local news. If they corner me, it's going to be another story, but I won't escalate/instigate/posture.
Disclosure: as a security professional I have weapons in the car at all times - this will make you think twice as you're held to a higher standard. Liberals want to disarm everyone so that they can be mouthy and brash without fear of consequences - it's in their nature. I say: "an armed society is a polite society". Sure, it does takes a toll to appear to be backing down at times, but only the weak are constantly looking for fights. A wise man picks his battles instead, and couldn't care less about what other people think. However it's turned, the OP's actions were ego-driven. I'm not condemning him (only human, and I give in myself on occasion), but since we're discussing the matter, I think we should look at all the angles.
Finally, "be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle".
I think you maybe my brother from another mother, lol. Seriously, those two quotes about "an armed society is a polite society" and "be kind to everyone you meet for they may be fighting a harder battle" were running through my head.
I don't condemn the OP either, I've been guilty of doing the same thing myself many times in my life, the guy was being a complete jerk by threatening to hit the guy's Challenger with this car to force his way in.
No, I am no p@ssy, I maybe a woman but when it comes right down to it if it's necessary for me to defend my life, property or family I'm the last person on earth you want to cross. I am a red blooded conservative to the core.
When I was taught how to safely handle and use firearms I was also taught the respect that goes along with the privilege, I used to carry concealed myself. There will always be a firearm in my household.
Lord I know I am still not fully cooked however with age comes wisdom, learning to pick your battles, letting stuff roll off your back and being the bigger person.
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