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.