Supporters of concealed carry often make the argument that law-abiding citizens can be trusted with guns. But human beings are emotional creatures, and even law-abiding humans get emotional from time to time and react poorly. That was the case last month when Michael J. Bukosky pointed a gun at another driver during a road rage incident here in Waukesha.
Locals may remember that Michael Bukosky’s pregnant wife, her daughter, and her daughter’s friend were killed in an auto accident on April 25, 2008 by a man who had received his third OWI days before the incident. It was an unimaginable loss, and the community grieved with Bukosky.
So it would be understandable if Bukosky were sensitive to the driving habits of others and felt the need to somehow protect himself while on the road.
While his behavior on January 4, 2013 may have been understandable, it was completely unacceptable.
Here’s what happened, according to a criminal complaint via JS Online:
“Two drivers had just exited I-94 about 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 4 when one cut off the other as they pulled onto N. Grandview Blvd. heading south.
They each sped and slowed down, changed lanes and swore at each other once they came to a red light.
But then Michael J. Bukosky, 36, pointed a gun at the other driver and said, “That’s right – don’t (expletive) around in a concealed carry state.”
The other driver then pulled his car over and called 911, as did Bukosky, who had assumed that the other driver was packing heat, too.
Bukosky told police he thought the other driver was reaching for a gun, so he pointed his own weapon at him and yelled, “No, no, no.”
It was an inaccurate assumption; the other driver was unarmed.
Police confiscated a Ruger handgun with seven rounds from Bukosky. No weapons were found in the other man’s car.
Bukosky was charged Thursday with pointing a firearm at another, a misdemeanor. His initial court appearance is set for Feb. 11.
Luckily, nobody was injured (or worse) in this case, and that’s a big relief. But the outcome is not always the same in all incidents in which road rage and concealed carry collide.
The argument that we can trust law-abiding citizens with concealed carry is logical, neat and tidy.
But life is not neat and tidy, it’s messy. And humans are not predictable, we’re complex. That’s just the reality.