Janet Lee

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

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Don McCurdy

. . . . . What! Livery drivers can't carry guns to protect themselves!
They shot it down! It’s reported that the Livery Base Owners requested that the TLC allow livery drivers to carry guns to protect themselves. 

You’re kidding right? In New York City? 

The first sentence of the article I read reminded us of DeNiro’s character in the movie Taxi Driver. Does that give us a clue as to the writer’s opinion on the issue? Of course, the TLC declined, but their reported response was telling, “It is important for public safety and perception to disallow any weapons in the vehicle.” 

Now, I’m not exactly sure how it is important for “public safety” or exactly how you prevent “any weapons” in the vehicle. It gives you the idea that you can prevent any “legal” weapon in the vehicle. Maybe one of those stickers on the rear windows, “Warning, no weapons allowed in vehicle!” 

Yeah, that would probably do it. I guess there isn’t a second amendment in New York City. From a public safety perspective it would be gratifying to know that if there was a problem there would be nothing the driver could do to help. 

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