concealed carrier saves a bunch of people and the response is to ban gunsDid Uber just announce ‘victimize me’ policy for drivers, passengers?
Two months after one of its drivers in Chicago became a hero by stopping a gunman in his tracks during a random shooting incident, ride-sharing Uber has announced a ban on guns for drivers and passengers, as reported yesterday by several news agencies including Seattle’s KIRO, the local CBS affiliate.
Uber’s largest competitor, Lyft, already has such a policy, noted the Wall Street Journal in its coverage of the announcement. By announcing this prohibition, Uber may well have just told street criminals to rob drivers and victimize passengers, even though payments are made through the mobile app. Criminals may just figure that drivers and passengers are carrying cash for other purposes.
It's certain that Uber just injected itself into the renewed gun control debate, on the heels of this week's tragedy in South Carolina, whether intentional or not. Any story having to do with firearms is going to get heightened attention right now.
The announcement came just days after an alleged racist killer opened fire in a Charleston, S.C. church, murdering nine people. Uber reportedly made this decision, however, ten days ago. That was before the mass shooting. Questions will undoubtedly be raised about whether this is the company’s sheepish response to what happened in Chicago in April when one of its drivers who was licensed to carry, shot a man in Logan Square after that man opened fire on a crowd of people in front of the driver's parked car.
No charges were filed against the unidentified driver, who was hailed as a hero by many in the firearms community. Chicago authorities said the driver acted in defense of himself and other people. At the time, the Bellevue-based Second Amendment Foundation noted that this scenario could not have occurred without its legal action that forced Illinois to adopt a concealed carry statute.