In a classic example of what NOT to do, a video recently uploaded to YouTube shows a man named Marco Mazzetta shooting at the driver of another car through his windshield.
Both cars were on what looked like a highway at the time of the shooting, driving in the same direction with other cars also on the highway.
The incident started when the man and his friend were driving in his truck through Orange County, when a different car got too close and began to drive erratically.
According to reports Mazzetta then “brake checked” the guy in the Nissan, who then bumped into the back of the truck causing your classic case of road rage. The Nissan then zipped around to the front of Mazzetta's truck, and at one point you can see him point his own gun out of the window and up at the sky.
While the Nissan was driving erratically and acting like a looney toon, he was the forward, moving vehicle and was very unlikely to shoot at that point, though anything is possible.
Time will tell if this is an actual case of self-defense or not, though last I heard no charges have been pressed.
Mazzetta had every advantage: He was the rear-most car, had the only clear shot (if you can call driving fast on a highway with moving targets “clear”), and was in the bigger vehicle.
Mazzetta's actions are a clear case of what not to do because of all the civilians driving around and not being able to land effective shots.
I believe that the best course of action would have been to not open fire at a moving target, but to at least make an attempt to remove yourself from the situation by driving away, pulling off, etc.
Not only that, but many times, your vehicle is a better weapon than your pistol is, anyway. But that can be a topic for a different day.
In the below video, you can see a few very important details. The first thing I noticed is that they were driving, fast, on the highway with other moving cars.
This means that there was at least the possibility that that he could have shot other people, and at the very least, he endangered the lives of every other motorist on the highway, as well as people in buildings.
Most people have not shot from a moving vehicle, but I have when I was in the Marines. It's not the easiest thing to do, and when both targets are moving, something I have not done, I can assume that it gets even harder to hit your target.
Not to mention that the glass can change the direction of your projectile to at least some degree. While it may not be a large change if your target is right on top of you, it gets bigger as the bullet travels further.
If you don't know where your bullet is going to land and you've got potential innocents in the vicinity, it's not wise to take the shot.
And let this also be a warning that brake checking people is not a smart move. As can be seen in this video, all you're going to do is anger someone who has anger problems. Letting the guy go around you without coming to a stop would be a good idea.
I could be mistaken, but at least in some states this could potentially be seen as a provocation and your self-defense goes right out the window.
It's important to note that Mazzetta is the one who called the police to report the incident, which was a smart move on his part. It's also interesting to note that he's “not a fan of guns.”
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