• Jan 20, 2010

There will always be a great deal of debate surrounding the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution. Really, it is worded very odd. No matter what your opinion on gun ownership is, we'll think you'll agree that the Founding Fathers never intended this: a California man drove off a bridge, sank six feet under water and shot his way out of his car.

The 28-year-old man is a security guard at a Sacramento area casino who happened to have his handgun with him. The unnamed man claims that his cell phone rang, startled him and then he lost control of his Ford Focus, breaking through a guard rail and plunging into a river. We don't buy the cell phone story, as it rings about as truthful as the pelican putting a Bugatti Veyron into a Texas pond.

No matter the reason, being trapped underwater is surely horrible. Good thing he had the gun. Why didn't he try the door? He probably did and it wouldn't open. Also, we've never been trapped underwater so it's hard to say how the brain processes the situation. The upside is that the driver escaped with only minor injuries. Hat tip to Shaun!

[Source: cbs13.com]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Ah yes, guns save lives, dontcha see!

      • 5 Years Ago
      America.....F-YEAH!!!

      Take that England!
        • 4 Years Ago
        We are not, but we are trying to spur them on to throw that bitch into the French Channel.
        Regain your freedom. Divine right of kings, my arse!
        • 4 Years Ago
        We aren't supposed to. I was merely making a joke. I was also referencing the UK's strict gun control laws.
      • 5 Years Ago
      that's why I keep a lifehammer in my car
      • 5 Years Ago
      Perhaps a Kennedy was with him?
        • 5 Years Ago
        NICE!! I was thinking the same thing.

        But, if a Kennedy was in the car, they would have claimed that to escape, they had to shoot 5 shots through the passenger window which may have accidentally passed through the passenger but, they went home assuming that the passenger made it out safely, walked home. and was doing just fine.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Jonny Losr-man. I'm thinking you won't be interested in hearing my thoughts on professionalism.

      - Autoblog is a source for up to the minute news in the industry. "NRA stoked as man shoots way out of submerged car" is devoid of everything except emotional detachment; which; coincidentally, is the hallmark of journalism.

      -If you can't manage your job, there's thousands of able men (but mysteriously no women on your team) who can write it better. In this economy ; you would be well advised to keep your personal opinions out of it , lest you feel like taking your talents elsewhere.

      You KNOW for a fact , there's plenty of other readers who feel the same.

      -I'm thinking Autoblog won't be too happy if we took our browsers elsewhere:
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        • 5 Years Ago
        You're right, I'm totally uninterested.

        • 4 Years Ago
        You should note, Smartacus, that this article has generated several pages of comments. Many of the purely-automotive ones generate 1 or 1.5 pages of comments. Comments are not the same as page views, but sites that interest readers enough to comment also tend to get good return readership and that's what sells ad space.

        While the headline was somewhat sensational, I don't think the article was particularly out of line. In our free country, you are welcome to view any of those sites you mentioned instead of or in addition to this one, just as I am free to be a gun owner and yet not get bent out of shape when someone makes fun of the NRA, even if it may be slightly out of context. Ain't freedom of choice great?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm guessing this guy's ears were ringing for a while. Even with hearing protection in a fairly large space (a firing range) the noise and concussion are significant... unprotected, inside a Focus with all the windows closed it would have to be deafening.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "No matter what your opinion on gun ownership is, we'll think you'll agree that the Founding Fathers never intended this: a California man drove off a bridge, sank six feet under water and shot his way out of his car."

      While certainly not in the modern sense of shooting your way out of an automobile, I would think this is one of many justifications that the Founding Fathers intended: protection of life. The Second Amendment does not require that citizens show cause for bearing arms, and the first part of the text is merely to demonstrate a possible need.

      And many people don't seem to understand the fact that the Bill of Rights doesn't grant any rights or privileges. It enumerates inalienable natural rights that no government can take from its citizens. The Founding Fathers reaffirmed that the people have a right to bear arms and use them in any way they see fit as long as they are not interfering with the natural rights of another citizen.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "and the first part of the text is merely to demonstrate a possible need."

        THAT, is what we call revisionist thinking.
        • 5 Years Ago
        See my post above... I don't think the founders included the first part of the 2nd amendment as some sort of throwaway example. I think that facilitating the formation of such a militia if/when necessary for the good of the nation is the reason they wished to allow the general citizenry to be armed.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Unless you have a link to an NRA press release that confirms it, you might want to re-consider the title. At the very least, you might want to go to the bathroom and check yourself in the mirror... your bias is showing.
        • 5 Years Ago
        In some cases I agree, like any story on Jalpocrap, which I cant even read anymore due to their immature bias, this read to me as obviously tounge in cheek. Own 6 guns in 2 states and was not offended by the title.
      • 5 Years Ago
      A guy so easily startled by a cell phone wields a gun for a living. Yeah...
      • 5 Years Ago
      If I had a gun I would shoot my way out of everything. My car, the bathroom, Olive Garden.....
      • 5 Years Ago
      Lifehammer would've been the better choice, but you're supposed to use your firearm to save your life, and if that means shooting out a window then so be it. The backstop for the spent round is THE BOTTOM OF A LAKE, so I think the case for danger-to-society is pretty slim.

      That being said, most of the Concealed Carry types that I know are also big into preparedness and survival gear, so... why didn't he have a Lifehammer (or whatever alternative) already?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Jonny Loser-man. Your party lost a crushing defeat last night in MA. You DO realize your kind is the laughing stock of Geopolitics. You will NEVER regain power lost. Enjoy your last outlet for communicating your progressive liberalism while you have it..

      Here's my lesson for you:

      POWER WEARS OUT THOSE WHO DON'T HAVE IT =p
        • 5 Years Ago
        "you will never regain power lost" eh?

        So since the Republicans have lost the majority in both houses, you're predicting the rise of a third party to regain all that power they lost in 2008?

        Don't assume that all people who are into gun control are liberals, or that all people who are packing are Republicans. Politics isn't that consistent or that binary, never mind what Fox and MSNBC pretend.
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