When the Legislature passed Wisconsin's concealed carry law nearly two years ago, the main argument for it was that good guys needed to carry guns to stop the bad guys.
So what to make of a road-rage incident where two concealed carry permit holders engage in a wild west-style shootout as they sped down a Milwaukee freeway? There has to be a bad guy, right?
Eric Adamany, 27, was charged with first-degree reckless endangerment in the June 26 incident, during which he allegedly emptied a magazine at a fleeing motorist. No one was hurt.
But Adamany says the other guy, 27-year-old Roy Scott, shot first.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Adamany told the cops that Scott "mean mugged" him and flashed a black handgun, prompting him to flash his own.
The driver sped away, with Admany in pursuit firing away while Scott squeezed off rounds toward the pursuing vehicle from the car window, holding the gun over his shoulder with his right hand while steering with his left. The chase ended when Adamany shot out all four tires of the fleeing car and both shooters contacted a couple of the many officers who had saturated the area.
Adamany subsequently told TMJ4 in Milwaukee that the other driver pulled up and fired a bullet into his sideview mirror, which started the running gun battle. He said he picked up his gun and pursued the attacker because Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke recently urged citizens to arm themselves against criminals.
"Sheriff Clarke said to stand up for ourselves, we're a team," he told TMJ4. "I was trying to be a team player and provide the information and get law enforcement on scene."
Nik Clark, president of the gun rights group Wisconsin Carry Inc., told the Journal Sentinel that both Adamany's and Scott's gunplay was irresponsible, but that was offset by at least five instances in which permit holders stopped a crime or saved a life.
But the Journal Sentinel reported that in another recent case, concealed carry permit holder Phillip Green, 40, was charged with first-degree reckless homicide after killing Ernest Banks after the two men, who were bar hopping together last May, got into a fight.