Uber. HBO. Islamic State. Mario Biaggi. More.

Car service app Uber changed its policy two weeks ago to prohibit its drivers from carrying firearms while they’re on duty. Until now, Uber had deferred to local laws.

Uber’s new policy says:

We seek to ensure that everyone using the Uber digital platform—both driver-partners and riders—feels safe and comfortable using the service. During a ride arranged through the Uber platform, Uber and its affiliates therefore prohibit possessing firearms of any kind in a vehicle. Any rider or driver found to have violated this prohibition may lose access to the Uber platform.

Uber spokesman Matt McKenna added, “We have adopted a no-firearms policy to ensure that both riders and drivers feel safe and comfortable on the platform. We made this policy change after assessing existing policies and carefully reviewing recent feedback from both riders and driver-partners.”

In other words, carrying a gun is grounds for losing your Uber-driving privileges. But not carrying one may get you dead. Pick one.

Less than two months ago an Uber driver in Chicago was hailed as a hero for using aimed fire from his licensed concealed weapon to drop a 22-year-criminal who was firing into a crowd.

On Wednesday of this week, an Uber driver in Queens, NY, was robbed by a man who got in his car, pointed a rifle at him, and demanded his money.

Lyft, a competitor, had already barred its drivers from carrying firearms. We don’t know their rule on passengers.

St. Petersburg, FL police Chief Tony Holloway emphatically states that you shouldn’t carry a defensive firearm because, in his words, “That person’s going to take that gun away from you.”

Apparently he hasn’t read the statistics on that. Or is just anti-gun. Either way he is wrong, and unqualified.

HBO continues to run anti-gun “documentaries.” I don’t subscribe.

An Islamic State group video released this week showed the jihadists murdering 16 men by drowning them in a cage, decapitating them with explosives and firing a rocket-propelled grenade into a car.

Mario Biaggi, a former NYPD officer who became a popular 10-term Democrat congressman from the Bronx and then went to prison after convictions in two corruption trials in the late 1980s, died on Wednesday at the age of 97 at his home in the Bronx.

Biaggi served in Congress from 1969 to 1988 and was instrumental in the “cop-killer bullet” farce by telling a lot of lies concerning Teflon coated steel-jacketed KTW bullets. He also introduced the “armor piercing cop killer” bullet ban bill in 1980 which passed and included the now-famous so-called “sporting purposes” ammo exemption.


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