What Not To Do With A Gun: Tow Truck Edition

Some people’s kids.

Alright, so the woman was a legal adult. Still, someone supposedly raised her, and whoever that is might need to ask themselves where it all went wrong.

Sarah Mayfield got upset when a tow truck was set to tow her vehicle. She was apparently parked illegally, but I can still get someone being upset over it.

What I don’t get is what happened next.

Put yourself in Sarah Mayfield’s shoes. You look out your window to see a tow truck driver getting ready to haul off your illegally parked car. What do you do? Well you run outside to plead your case, that’s what you do. Unfortunately, she apparently wasn’t sufficiently convincing that the tow truck driver was willing to cut her a break.

That’s when things escalated and . . .

(Authorities) said during the altercation, the owner pulled a weapon on the tow operator.

The sheriff’s office reported the vehicle’s owner then drove the car away with the tow truck cable still attached. They said the incident caused minor damage to the tow truck.


Just no.

That is not something you do as a responsible gun owner. Not that Mayfield will have to worry about that for too much longer. She’s been charged with aggravated assault, a charge where a conviction will make it so she can’t legally own a firearm ever again.

Somehow, a woman like this was able to go her whole life without apparently learning the fact that this is inappropriate behavior. It boggles the mind…but it shouldn’t.

There are people who believe that might makes right. They’re not the people who read this site, thankfully, but they do exist. They exist all around us, and if these allegations are true then it sounds like Mayfield is one of them. She had a gun and she was going to get her way.

However, it’s also worth noting that Mayfield was lucky that no one with a concealed carry permit and appropriate armed was in view. If she actually pulled a gun on an innocent individual who was not threatening her life, she became the aggressor and could easily have been shot herself.

What’s more, they’d have probably gotten away with it too. After all, from the Illinois General Assembly, where this took place:

(720 ILCS 5/7-1)(from Ch. 38, par. 7-1) 
    Sec. 7-1. Use of force in defense of person. 
    (a)A person is justified in the use of force against another when and to the extent that he reasonably believes that such conduct is necessary to defend himself or another against such other’s imminent use of unlawful force.

She dodged a bullet (pardon the pun), assuming the allegations are legit, of course.

Folks, we all may know people who may have suggested this or joked about it or whatever. Please let them know this isn’t acceptable behavior. Let them know that what they’re talking about doing is a risk to each and every one of us as it paints all of us in a negative light. We get tarnished every time someone with a gun allegedly does something like this.

Make sure people know that we, as a community, don’t condone this behavior.