Originally Posted by AlmostGreenGuy
I don't see what difference a weapon would make.
Hopefully none at all.
Stats show that MOST of the time when a gun is lawfully drawn the unlawful aggressor immediately backs off. Even so, the party drawing the gun had better have a spare few thousand dollars on hand for a legal retainer, even under the best of circumstances.
Worst case scenaro, and shots are fired under legally justifiable circumstance, add several thousand dollars to defend from the probable the civil suit. Worse yet, expect physical retaliation from relatives/associates of the injured/dead miscreant. Two convenience store owners have died this way in San Antonio after successfully defending themselves against armed robbers, and a gun store owner who prevailed against three to one odds ended up having to move his business to another city.
FAR better to avoid the whole issue entirely.
But, all that being so, ya know that recent incident in New York City where a guy and his family in NYC in an SUV were attacked for a prolonged period by a mob of punks on motorcycles? That would seem most unlikely to happen anywhere in the South or Intermountain West, where a good many vehicles ordinarily have guns in them. I know around here the most probable outcome would have been "bang, bang, bang, bang
As to the original topic; my own solution has been a mountain bike, and riding in the dirt alongside but entirely OFF of the highway where necessay. I don't care about legalities, I just have absolutely no enthusiam for sharing pavement with busy traffic is all. And surely a guy who can hit 40mph on pavement can still make serious time on a mountain bike, especially over a mere eight mile commute (the same as my own since I started taking the long way.... not nearly at 40mph tho.....