Reader Andrew M. writes:
New Yorkers are always stating how relatively safe it is in the city that never sleeps. With a population of almost 8.5 million people and only a little over 51 thousand reported crimes it does appear to be safe…until you are personally confronted with a random (or not) attack like the slashings that are occurring on the city’s subways and streets . . .
According to the New York Times,
At least nine other men and women have been similarly attacked in recent months in a rash of slashings that has put many New Yorkers on edge.
It’s put them on edge, but not enough to want to protect themselves, as no one interviewed in the article expressed a desire for the ability to defend themselves. Or if they did, that aspect was left on the editing room floor.
Mr. Smith’s shock at being set upon was matched only by his feeling of helplessness. Other recent victims echoed that sentiment.
Maybe they wouldn’t feel so helpless if they stopped voting their rights away.
Amanda Morris, pictured above, said she tried to think about what she could have done differently and now wants to “raise awareness” of the danger.
“I want everyone to know that I did have a bad feeling about this man as soon as I saw him,” she wrote. “His walk was irregular and he appeared under the influence by his body language and stance. Always, always trust your gut instincts. Even in a safer neighborhood such as Chelsea you should always stay alert and aware of your surroundings.”
These people have been so beaten down by politicians and the media, constantly told they are safe, they willing accept that when they are attacked there’s really nothing that could have been done.
Across the city, people said they were aware of the reports of slashings and responded with a mix of resignation and wariness.
Lynn Marrapodi, 70, an artist, entered the Astor Place subway station in the East Village on Wednesday morning and stood with her back against the wall. It was a strategic maneuver.
“I have everything right in front of me, and I never did that before,” Ms. Marrapodi said, “but after the last two incidents, I have been more cautious than ever. If they haven’t hit this station yet, they will. I see people standing on the edge of the platform like I used to, looking at their phones. I think they’re crazy.”
Having been a rider of the New York subway I have been in this position. There’s nothing you can legally do. Just try and get a carry permit in New York City.
The most telling statement came from William Bratton:
Despite the chilling nature of the attacks, Mr. Bratton did not seem particularly worried. “We always will have crime in the city,” he said, repeating a common refrain of his.
Of course Bratton isn’t concerned. He’s the police commissioner with little chance that he would find himself on a subway platform or walking the streets without armed guards or a personal weapon.