This is a discussion on Wife threatened while driving her Volt within the Carry & Defensive Scenarios forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; The other side likes to yell at me in my hummer for wasting gas. It is what it is. My personal advice would be to ...
The other side likes to yell at me in my hummer for wasting gas. It is what it is. My personal advice would be to ditch the car and get something else, you wouldn't have to worry about it and you wouldn't have to drive it any more either. Outside of that getting to a well populated area and calling 911 without even considering stopping is probably the best idea.
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Or how about...I'm Not Using Gas So That There Will Be More For You.
But, then again you might want to consider the fact that the electricity used to charge the VOLT battery is generated by coal fired electric plants and that great damage is done to the environment in the production of the Lithium used in the batteries which also require a great deal of energy and water to produce not to mention the strip mining of the planet in order to obtain the unusually large amount of Copper for the electric motor and when you couple that with the fact that A123 Systems Inc. - the electric car battery maker that received a $249.1 million federal grant recently filed for bankruptcy & now the VOLT batteries are likely going to be manufactured in Communist China known for having a total disregard for the environment....you might want to think seriously about selling the VOLT IF you can find a buyer for it before it becomes a very expensive lawn ornament.
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Hummmmm..... it bothers me , that your first thoughts are about brandishing a gun at them, and thinking about how the gun would resolve your problem. She wasn't threatened by what you have said , and they in no way were threatening her life. So why in the world.... would you introduce a gun into that ? Maybe you or your wife should be leaving the gun at home, it's that the logic you are using ... before you end up in jail.
They were exercising their 1st Amendment rights, that's it.... that's all. It doesn't say they have to express their views of the Volt in a manner you find acceptable..... nor that they are restricted from expressing them.
From what's been said... they didn't take any action directed at your wife, they didn't try to harm your wife, and they made no threat to harm your wife.
On top of that, you are in the middle of "oil country" ...... you kinda going to have to expect some flack about driving a Volt there.
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Use a 50,000 Volt Stun Gun on them and then when the Police arrive tell the cops that the bad guys got zapped when they touched the car.
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I really do not care what anyone drives although I do drive one of those massive gas-guzzling road hog SUVs the holier than thou eco-freaks love to hate. When I run into one and they start their tirade about how I am personally destroying the environment I just ask if their econobox greenmobile is capable of towing a 4000 pound bass boat or a 1500 pound trailer with a 3000 pound tractor on it and will it go through 6-10 inches of mud to get to the good fishing holes or to their horror of getting to a deer stand. I then inform them their vehicle is just as useless for me as their opinion is and let it go at that. As far as the OPs situation I agree, go to a well-lit area, call LEOs and let them handle the situation.
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They are entitled to express their opinions. However since those opinions were legitimately perceived as threats....they may end up having to deal with the consequences of doing so.
The 1A is about protection from govt interference...not avoidance of consequences from private or other public entities.
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The thing about "defense" is that it has practically nothing to do with guns. (As passed on by CCW9MM)
I do agree that it is not smart to intentionally distract or harass another driver in a moving vehicle. Accidents happen that way.
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Many years ago an old girlfriend described an incident where she was on a country road when 3 bikers were hasseling her. 2 got infront of her and slowed down and one tailgated her....She was a pacifist and they somehow must have profiled her accurately.
This was WAY before any Concealed Carry Reform (or reasonably priced cell phones) and in re-living / analyzing it...firearms never came into the discussion.
They wouldn't have played that game with me behind the wheel...but if they did...those weasels would have become a large pile of broken bones.
You should drill her, so that she learns has to memorize partial license plate numbers. The situation was too tense to call the cops, etc., but I think they'd have appreciated a partial plate and a truck description.
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Turn off and get away from them. If they turn off too, then call 911.
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As far a the Volt is concerned, put me on the negative. Expensive as heck, probably will turn out to be unreliable junk from General American Motors or Bailout Motors (take your pick), and one question--where do you think the electric power comes from that powers the fuel up when necessary? Lordy lordy it is from a power station that is running on either that big bad ungreen fossil fuel or that very dangerous uranium stuff. Sorry for last somewhat unpolite comments--just cannot help myself.
I am a bit mixed on the question about stopping or not. If they decided to get violent and play demolition derby on the road, moving at highway speeds os much more likely to be deadly than at a slower speed or stopped. On the other hand, they could decide to get out and create a confrontation.
As I look this one over, the best choice seems to be drive carefully, possibly slow down a bit, leave the highway and head towards a populated destination which would have witnesses and probably be a deterent to the idiots.