Daily Mail - A Florida man was videoed on his own dashcam as he fired a shotgun through his the windshield of his car at a fellow driver.
The man behind the wheel, Marco Mazzetta, posted the video to YouTube claiming he was trying to defend himself after he believing he was in danger of being shot himself.
Mazzetta, who was driving along a highway in Orange County near Orlando said he only pulled his gun out after another driver, who was also caught on camera, began shooting at him first. ...
It prompted Mazzetta to take his own gun out and fired through his own front window, fearing he might be shot.
Mazzetta told WESH 2, 'I'm not a fan of guns; I'm a fan of not getting shot. I know this video doesn't capture my smartest moments but I hope any idiot criminal with a gun watching thinks twice before loading, brandishing & aiming their firearm at someone over a traffic infraction.'
Florida Highway Patrol has said that it shows how dangerous it is to argue with other drivers on the highway.
As someone who is also not a fan of getting shot, I'm pretty sure I would've addressed the situation somewhat differently. I like to think of myself as someone who did some of the early pioneering work in Road Rage, but then retired early after realizing 1) I'm not really in a hurry to get anywhere. And 2) Otherwise sane people turn into monsters when they find themselves at the helm of a half ton death machine. So I'm much more likely to have taken the "Take the next exit and put 100 miles between myself and this madman" path of least resistance approach as oppose to the "Shoot back and make this a teachable moment" kamikaze move. But that's just me.
When I was in Driver's Ed, it was all about staying sober thanks to highway fear films like "Mechanized Death" and "Blood on the Pavement." For my kids, it was all movies about the dangers of texting and driving. But this video should be mandatory viewing for every prospective driver. And they should make you rewatch it at the DMV every time you renew your license, just as a refresher. Cars are like the internet in that otherwise non-aggressive people who wouldn't have the balls to start an argument with you to you face get a weird sort of courage in their anonymity. Call it Vehicular Fortitude. They stop seeing you as a human being. You become an object. And so do they. A Decepticon with the power to destroy the Autbot that is you.
I have a buddy who's friend was put on Grand Jury duty. Basically you meet once a week for months and the district attorney's office presents evidence in order to convince you to issue a criminal indictment. And his friend said the experience changed his life, because they dealt with so many cases that started out as two drivers who got pissed at each other and then turned horribly, horribly wrong. I believe his exact quote was, "I'm putting my middle finger away for good." That is great advice. And I've tried to live it ever since.
Stop caring so much. Quit trying to prove what a car tough guy you are. Be more like the passenger in the Fat Albert t-shirt. And for the love of all that is sacred don't shoot through your windshield at anybody. Thanks for listening to my TED Talk.