Truck Driver Survives Shooting, Gun Control Debate Continuesby Jana Ritter - Published: 1/08/2016
Yet another truck driver fell victim to a gunman in an attempted robbery last month and although he survived the incident, it will take lots of time and rehabilitation for him to recuperate from the serious injuries he suffered. The incident also comes as a timely reminder of why gun laws are being re-examined in the U.S. and why a new bill is even being proposed specifically for truck drivers.
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On December 15th, 72-year-old Indiana truck driver, Lloyd Jerry Matson Sr., arrived at the Oakland Coliseum late at night to deliver a generator for a football game the following day. Matson had made deliveries to the Coliseum several times before and had always been able to park inside the gated area. But this time the guard at the gate informed him he wouldn't be allowed to park inside the Coliseum gate while a concert was still underway and he told him to come back the next morning. He suggested Matson park across Interstate 880 at 66th and Oakport off the Coliseum property, so Matson followed his instructions and went to sleep. Then at around 10 p.m., he was awakened by an intruder at the window of his cab.
"He felt the truck shake and then he heard glass breaking. He got up and it was somebody with a gun pounding on the driver side window," said the truck driver's wife, Janet Matson. The intruder had smashed the window with the butt of a .45 caliber gun and while Matson immediately reacted by lunging at him to prevent him from entering the truck, the intruder simply stuck his hand inside and fired. The shot left a hole in the driver’s seat and then hit Matson in the stomach area before travelling down to his thigh. Matson recalls the moment he realized he was shot and said his first thought was that he was certain he was going to die right then and there. Then his will to survive took over. "I said no not this week. I don't want to die this week," Matson recalls. Fortunately, the intruder fled on foot rather than sticking around to finish the job and Matson was able to save his own life. "I realized if I don't call 911 I'm going to die. So I got out and got my phone and called 911," Matson explains. So far he's undergone three surgeries and has suffered two infections but his family says that he’s slowly improving and is doing quite well considering what he’s been through.
The incident also comes as Obama proposes mandatory background checks for more gun purchases at gun shows and online, a process that he explains would streamline the FBI's background-check system and would prevent guns from getting in the hands of the wrong people without affecting the rights of responsible, law abiding citizens who choose to carry a weapon for protection, including truck drivers. Contrary to what many believe, there is no federal law that prohibits truck drivers from carrying guns in their trucks as long as they adhere to local and state laws. One truck driver who resides in Kentucky and has a carry permit explains that it’s really quite simple. "If I'm in a state that honors my permit, then I just continue to carry. But when I'm in a place like Illinois, you can’t get out of the truck with it. You have to secure it, have it locked up,” he says.
But James Lamb, chairman of the Small Business and Transportation Coalition, is trying to further protect truck drivers with a bill that would make it legal for working truckers to carry their weapons throughout the United States. The bill is called "Mike's Law" named after Michael Boeglin, a 31-year old Owner-Operator who was shot and killed inside his truck while parked at an abandoned building. Lamb claims that so far he has collected 11,000 signatures on a petition to back the bill and has even got Senator Marco Rubio behind it. But Lamb also explains that ironically, Mike's law is being held up by every representative in the House that typically supports gun rights because the NRA has indicated that it does not like the bill and they would not support it.