Guns in DC taxis
TownHall has the story. DC Taxi Commissioner Sandra Seegers (plaintiff in the Seegers case challenging the DC handgun ban) proposed to let taxi drivers arm themselves against robbery. The author points out her own experience--since she lives in a (relatively) risky area, taxis simply won't come to it, nor take her safely home.
Robert Racansky sent in a comment, which for some reason was blocked by the spam filter, He notes:
Sounds like there may be places in Iraq where it's safer to be a taxi driver than in our nation's capital.
As part of the Cabbie Exchange Program, American cab drivers are being sent to the Middle East (credit: The Critic)
But seriously, cab drivers have (or had) a higher rate of on-the-job homicides than police officers. See Volokh.com
May 1, 2002 . The data from the 1996 OSHA report goes up to 1992, so I don't know if this is still true or not.
Once had a ride with a DC cabbie who told me the experience of a friend of his. The guy picked up a lady and drove her to a rough area. He smelled a rat, an ambush, at the drop off point.
When he dropped her off, it was on a dead-end street. He knew this was risky. The second she was out of the car he slapped the door lock down. None too soon -- 2-3 guys were grabbing at the outside handle. He slapped it into reverse and floored it.
Behind him, another car was moving across the intersection, to pin him in the dead end street. Luckily it wasn't fully in place, and he had enough speed to ram it out of the way and escape.
That tells you something about the life these fellows have to lead -- a full-fledged ambush on a public street, involving a team of people, and no police anywhere in sight!