“Brotherly Love” surely seems to be a distant thing of the past in Philadelphia. Under the permissive policies of Philly DA Karry Krasner, and “bail reform” efforts, the city experienced a record number of shootings and murders last year.
But according to police, a Lyft driver put the brakes on a couple of armed carjackers with the help of his carry piece. While the bad guys wanted to trade up from their Honda Accord to the driver’s Infiniti, their criminal enterprise yielded enough hot lead to put them in critical condition. No innocents or animals were injured during the incident.
The bad guys, however, face arrest should they survive their wounds. For now though, they’re in the hospital getting an opportunity to reconsider their chosen career path.
The Charlotte Observer has the story:
The incident occurred around 2:45 p.m. Monday, Jan. 3, in West Philadelphia, where officers were dispatched for reports of a carjacking, according to a police report.
The 38-year-old Lyft driver was rear-ended by a driver in a Honda Accord, causing him to exit his Infiniti, police say. A person in the Accord who was armed with a shotgun then took the Lyft driver’s car, according to police.
As his car was being taken, the Lyft driver with a concealed carry license used his own gun and shot the would-be carjacker in the chest, police say. A second suspect driving the Infiniti tried striking the Lyft driver, who proceeded to shoot the person in the rib cage, according to police.
Unfortunately for the driver, Lyft maintains a criminal-friendly policy that prohibits its contractors and passengers from carrying self-defense tools. No matter how dangerous their area of operation.
Of course, many like this driver, simply ignore Lyft’s dangerously backward thinking on self-defense and carry (legally) anyway.
From the Lyft website:
Lyft has a strict “No Weapons” policy for all of its properties. This includes Lyft Hubs and service centers.
Our “No Weapons” policy applies when you are doing business as a representative of Lyft, which includes times that you are driving for Lyft, as well as times that you are visiting a Lyft Hub.
This means that even in places where it is legal to carry a weapon, we ask that you do not carry a weapon on any Lyft property.
We approach this from a community perspective. It’s hard to know what someone else is or isn’t comfortable with. The mere presence of a weapon might make another community member distressed and fear for his or her own personal safety.
At a minimum, a “weapon” includes any form of firearm. There are many items that could be considered weapons besides firearms, such as handguns, stun guns, explosives, knives, sling shots and tasers. Lyft reserves sole judgment on what else may constitute a “weapon.” If you have any questions about whether various items could be considered a “weapon” under this policy, please contact Lyft Support before bringing any questionable items onto Lyft property.
That the Philly driver chose to put his own safety ahead of an arbitrary company policy may well have saved his life. It will likely cost him his job though.
Carjackings and other violent crime have skyrocketed in urban areas across America, especially those where Soros-funded district attorneys make charging and prosecutorial decisions. Places like Chicago, St. Louis, San Francisco, Austin and Los Angles. Now New York, too. And, of course, Philadelphia. Places where citizens will increasingly ensure they have the means to defend themselves when elected officials clearly won’t.