Oh dear, not sure this is a good idea.
NYC bus drivers and subway conductors want to be able to carry tasers to handle riders they feel get out of control.
Here’s a stunning idea — arming transit workers with Tasers so they can zap bad guys who menace them. It’s the brainchild of state Sen. Eric Adams (D-Brooklyn), who wants bus drivers, subway conductors and other transit workers to be able to protect themselves and passengers from crazy riders, criminals and even would-be terrorists.
Transport Workers Union Local 100 is supporting Adams’ legislative effort because it is tired of its members being “treated like punching bags” by irate riders, said the local’s president, John Samuelsen.
“Equipping and training our members to responsibly use Tasers will end the assaults that are currently plaguing our members,” Samuelsen said. “Additionally, it will act as a strong deterrent against crime against our riders on the buses and trains.”
Needless to say, the MTA and NYPD don’t care for the idea. I’m not sure I would want an overworked, tired bus driver armed with the ability to tase me…