Janet Lee

Janet Lee
Photo:Janet Lee, injured by a taxi partition.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Guns or partitions is the choice...

Both oligarch and tyrant mistrust the people, and therefore deprive them of arms. - Aristotle

In the late sixties and early seventies, the question of cab drivers carrying guns, arose. After all, people were shooting at cab drivers, why shouldn’t cab drivers shoot back? The urban taxi regulators said “No way, cab drivers in Boston, NYC etc., are not allowed to carry weapons while cab driving.”

Thus, began the first experiment in "gun-free" zones.

If someone has a gun and is trying to kill you, it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun.

Dalai Lama – Seattle Times 2001

Taxi regulators in Boston and NY adopted a requirement for a device to be installed in all taxis. This was in response to the gun question. The regulators decided that they would try an experiment with a device that had never BEFORE been used for assault prevention. Automobile interior partitions were used in utility vans for cargo retention. They were used in limousines for privacy. They were used to keep frisked, disarmed, handcuffed prisoners from access to the front seat area of a police cruiser. But to keep people from shooting cab drivers, most were skeptical, with good reason. Without a partition, no gun is needed. With a partition... criminals find that a gun works fine, and is more frequently successful, with little to no threat of resistance from the driver.

"You should investigate something to see its benefit or harm, examine whether it is appropriate and suitable or not; then after that you may carry it out." - Caotang

Gun free zone taxis have cab drivers murdered. Cities where drivers are known to be possibly armed have little or no murder. An example would be; New Orleans has some armed cab drivers and no cab driver murder rate. That is very unusual for a city with the highest murder rate. New York and Boston have declared cabs to be gun free zones and use partitions... but have very high cab driver murder rates. Cab cannot wait for the police to come. 

We have investigated to see the benefit or harm, examined whether it is appropriate and suitable or not. We DO see which approach to driver survival... is more successful, yet NY and Boston still insist on the 'turtle' approach.

When only cops have guns, it’s called a “police state”. Claire Wolfe – libertarian author

Matthew Daus – TLC Chairman

 “These cars and the partitions that are in them are 100 percent safe,”
Matthew Daus – TLC Chairman 

No, seriously... 100%??

"Discovery consists in seeing what everybody else has seen and thinking
what nobody else has thought." - Albert Szent-Gyoryi

Daus might qualify as a discoverer or a an idiot. Which do you believe it is?

We believe there is a workable vision... to use partitions; which don't introduce occupant impact hazards, are low profile, install with zero damage to the vehicle, are indefinitely transferable to subsequent vehicles and comply with all federal safety law.

International Assn of Chiefs of Police Comment

As officer safety and wellness is of the utmost importance to the International Asssn. Of Chiefs of Police you can be sure that we will continue to study all aspects of this issue.        
Erin Vermilye 

I would like to hear again from the IACP about this issue. I believe the IACP was involved in the attention to the matter of Crown-Victoria fires. Numerous officers have been seriously injured or killed by fires because the partition rendered them unconscious. They have some comprehensive data on the fire issue.