Sunday, April 22, 2012

Pitiful anecdote on so many levels.

Why I no longer feel safe on Metro. Victim of racial attack on DC Metro blames system for doing what it is designed to do -- create a victim disarmament zone -- and for his own inability to defend himself against a punch. The one thing that this guy didn't have up front was situational awareness. And whose fault is that? Last time I was on the Metro, a guy settled into a seat across from me and began staring malevolently at me. About the third time I caught him at it, I smiled and said pleasantly, You know, if you did that in prison, it's a sign of aggression and could get you killed." He almost leaped to his feet and moved down the car. I'm not saying the the Post writer deserved to be slugged, but if you find yourself in a victim disarmament zone, you have a responsibility to substitute what tools you have at hand for your own defense and that of others. Citizens take responsibility. Period. Mine were situational awareness, a cane and a stainless steel ball point pen. Harsh? You tell me.


Anonymous said...

I carry a Zebra F-701 Stainless Pen with me at all times. At $7.00 a piece it is a steel I mean steal for an inexpensive tactical pen. Writes good too.

Uncle Lar said...

Always carry a candy bar on the Washington Metro. If you feel threatened just take it out and start to eat it. A Metro cop will immediately appear to issue you a ticket and hopefully scare off the source of the threat.

Mt Top Patriot said...

Powerful stuff about why this "pitiful anecdote" exists on so many levels.

We would all do very well by passing this around:

Anonymous said...

The last time I rode the DC Metro was about 15 years ago when I was at a convention. I carried my concealed .38 snub-nose the entire time I was in DC. Never leave home without it.

Anonymous said...

Mike: When I worked for Metro North in CT, and when Bernie Goetz was still on the loose, I had some fun with the thugs on the NYC Subway..

It was not a ball point pen of the usual type, rather the ones made for shoving up the nostrils and penetrating the thin part of the skull...I brought it home from Nam.


pdxr13 said...

During my few trips on public transit during the year, I see plenty of ripe victims, including sleepy people who show off their nice new electronic toys, jewelry, sort the contents of their billfold, briefcase, or who are just mentally in some other world that includes 25 Secret Service Agents like they were children and friends of the POTUS out for a 3rd world sunny beach excursion.

Particularly dangerous are train platforms. They are isolated, compared to a street bus stop, and perfect gathering places for criminal gang attacks. In Portland, we have a light rail toy transit system (MAX, ie: "Crime Train") that seems to have as a primary purpose to transport MS-13 wanna-be's from their baby-mamma's apt. in the ghettos of Gresham to the land of easy pickings in affluent PC Portlandia or suburban Milwaukee OR. No wonder Vancouver WA voters are uninterested in paying billions in slave bonds to extend the line over the mighty Columbia River.

Anyone with half-a-brain and ANY financial ability will lay hands on a personal vehicle ASAP, probably right about the time their 3rd full-time paycheck appears.

$4 gasoline is still affordable with a Ford Escort 1.9L from the early 1990's, compared to a head injury or catching an exotic strain of TB on the bus or train.

Best wishes on beating hospital-acquired infection. Nutrition and your own immune system will make the difference. We're praying for you, Mike.


Mt Top Patriot said...

The pitiful anecdote you posted reminds me of something by extension of the larger scope of tyranny today,

"Every Communist must grasp the truth, “Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.” "Our principle is that the Party commands the gun, and the gun must never be allowed to command the Party."
– Mao Tse-tung
November 6, 1938

Mao had it ass backwards, every believer in Liberty must grasp the truth, our sovereignty and our sovereign lawful will exists ultimately through the barrel of our guns. Our principle is if the Liberty to protect ourselves, our loved ones, our property, is prohibited, if peaceful redress is prohibited, then violent redress becomes a matter of fact, and a matter of our survival as free men.
It becomes the most legitimate form of Liberty that exists.

What is "Occupation" said...

I was just there. Every morning I took the metro, every morning I had a ipw with me (improvised personal weapon).

I eye balled everyone, stood at the door and faced everyone.

No way I was going to be attacked without a serious defensive action taken by me.

But then again?

EVERYWHERE I go I embrace situational awareness.

The vast majority of the rest of the people are sheep.

I'd like to where a tee shirt that says "attack the otherguy, I will tear your eyes out"

Mt Top Patriot said...

Get a load of this Mr. Mike.
The Dear Leader's personal militia of diversity. Looks like the start of a cadre of secret police:

"Obama Recruiting Young Cadres"
By Thomas Lifson

"Obama recruits an army of community organizers to ensure his reelection"

bruce said...

i am too old to duke it out with an urban maggot which is why i carry defense with me.

Anonymous said...

Just say "NO" to public transportation...and for Pete sakes, move out of the damn cities!-Spook89

Anonymous said...

I think having the training and ability to take on an attacker with out the use of a firearm , is a good use of training for todays society..
yes ultimately you dont want to be unarmed if your assailant is armed, but if we are forced into gun free areas due to the stupididty of our government thinking criminals will follow the rules, than we better have at least some ability to use what we have around you in a defensive strategy. Poke an eye out with a bic pen , that will get an assholes attention real quick, and if he's jacked up and comes at you for more, take the other eye out and see if he can find you than to continue the assult

Anonymous said...

Uncle Lar - OMG! You are absolutely correct. I was once in Metro Center (one of the largest stations) standing on a platform, waiting for a train. I took a piece of candy out of my pocket and put it in my mouth. 2-3 seconds later I heard this over the PA: "ATTENTION! ATTENTION! THERE IS NO EATING OR DRINKING IN THE STATIONS OR ON THE PLATFORMS!" I walked over to a trash can and spit out my candy, and thanked God that I wasn't being strip-searched or handcuffed to a mailbox by a Metro cop. Google those references if you think I'm exaggerating.