I am sorry to hear about your negative experience today and am glad you were not badly hurt.
The careless use of any projective device, from a sling shot on up, is completely unacceptable, especially around a road with traffic travelling on it. While this incident may have involved an airsoft gun, it was not really an airsoft focused incident and could have happened with any kind of projectile device.
This community has always advocated for the consiencious and safe use of airsoft devices, and that is one of the reasons why we maintain an internal 18+ rule.
This is probably not the right thread for this topic, perhaps one of the mods could move it for us.
When the elephants fight, it is bad for the grass. When the elephants make love, it is also bad for the grass.