Sunday, December 31, 2006

Fuck Your Seat Belt

Friday night, my sister and I went out with our friend Dennis to meet up with some other friends at a ska show. My sister drank a lot so I needed to be the driver but we had her car. I started driving and realized that I didnt have the seat adjusted quite right so I pulled into the parking lot of a McDonalds.

I was standing outside of the car trying to figure out how to use the eight million controls on the seat to get it right. There was a car full of drunk guys parked in a space three spaces away from us. They exchanged words with another car that was waiting at the drive-thru window. I don’t remember any yelling though or anything that sounded angry. Out of the blue, the passenger in the car at the drive up window pulled out a gun and shot several shots at the car next to us. I didnt see this but Dennis did and he told me later. After they fired the shots, the car squealed out of the parking lot.

It was truly a surreal moment. No one in the car next to us was shot nor did it look like any bullets actually hit the car. All of the guys who were in the car got out and started to check the car for damage. I jumped back inside my sister's car. She was screaming that I needed to get out of there. I put the key in the ignition and went to put my seat belt on. My sister screamed, "Fuck your seat belt, GET OUT OF HERE!" So that is what we did.

Anyhow, this is a gun incident that just reminded me how really very afraid of guns I am. I will admit it. I dont like guns.

I have mixed feelings about the gun control issue. I think most gun owners are responsible people. I can think of legitimate uses for guns even if that use is simply a hobby of target practice. But christ, it sure would be nice if we lived in a world without guns. If I thought gun control could actually accomplish that, I would probably get behind it even.


Jessica said...

Holy cow. That sounds terrifying. We don't have many drive-by shootings around here (Northern Michigan), and I hope it stays that way. (What do I mean, "many"? We don't have any!)

Dee said...

Wow. That sounds like it was certainly a scary moment. I'm so glad that no one was hurt! My husband and I argue about the gun issues quite frequently. He doesn't understand why I don't want guns in our home. I realize (like you) that the majority of gun owners are very responsible people, but it is all of those other non-responsible people I worry about.