Where is the violence mostly apt to originate from?
Let's again take a look at road rage incidents, a very common source of vi9lent attacks.
Weapons Used by Aggressive Drivers
In approximately 4,400 of the 10,037 known aggressive driving incidents, the perpetrator used a firearm, knife, club, fist, feet or other standard weapon for the attack.
In approximately 2,300 cases the aggressive driver used an even more powerful weapon -- his or her own vehicle.
And in approximately 1,250 cases the aggressive driver used his or her own vehicle and a standard weapon like a gun, knife, or club. No information was available for 1,087 of the cases reviewed.
Without question the most popular weapons used by aggressive drivers are firearms and motor vehicles. In 37 percent of the cases a firearm was used; in 35 percent the weapon was the vehicle itself.
Other weapons used by aggressive drivers have included the following, in order of their frequency:
¥ Fists and feet: In hundreds of cases hostile drivers have used their fists and feet to express their displeasure with other motorists.
¥ Tire irons and jack handles are frequently used as weapons, probably because they are readily accessible in most vehicles.
¥ Baseball bats: Mizell and Company recorded over 160 cases in which baseball bats were used to settle traffic disputes.
There are, of course, thousands of cases in which baseball bats have been used as weapons in other situations, such as gang fights or street.