Uber/Lyft drivers rights to bear arms.
Uber/Lyft drivers rights to bear arms.
Why this petition matters
There has been a couple times when I have picked up a passenger from a bar or establishment that serves alcohol when the passenger was angry and hostile threatening me with lethal and deadly force by taser guns, knifes or guns. I was completely vulnerable and left with no way to protect myself from any possible threat of deadly force or bodily injury. Uber/Lyft emergency button is not going save us from a passenger with a gun or a taser weapon. Uber/Lyft policies state that we can not have any weapons on us or in the vehicle while doing rideshare.. Ask yourself, Can the police arrive fast enough to stop this person from shooting me or the person from using a taser gun on me? the common sense answer is NO! The police can not stop a bullet. Nor can they arrive fast enough to stop a person from reaching right over to you and striking you with a taser gun, after all the passenger is right beside you or even worse, right behind you in the back seat inside your vehicle where you can not see them pulling a weapon on you. We have a constitutional right under the second amendment to bear arms to protect ourselves from such threats and we should ALWAYS! practice that right and NEVER! allow any individual or corporate entity or otherwise to take that away from us for ANY! reason. It leaves US ALL! wide open to be robbed, strong armed, shot/stabbed or bullied at any given time. We reserve the right to THINK ABOUT IT! CARE ABOUT IT! PROTECT IT!
Here is what happen to me. On one occasion I picked up a very intoxicated young girl from a club in Springfield, Mo called Club Rodeo. She was escorted by both arms to my car and placed into the car by two club security employees. She had been removed from the establishment for being violent inside the establishment and was told by the security team to not return as they placed her into the front seat of my car. As I drove away the passenger began screaming at me about her boyfriend talking to other women in the club. She said that she got mad in the club about it and got into a fight with a couple other girls so they made her leave and her boyfriend stayed at the club. She reached down to the floorboard to her feet where her purse was at and pulled out a taser gun and pointed it at me screaming that I had better take her back or she was going to stun me with the weapon. In this situation I was able to talk her down explaining that if I took her back she would for sure go to jail and to think about what she was doing. I explained that If she stunned me while driving that we would wreck and both get hurt. I convinced her to put the taser gun away go home and go to bed and deal with it when she sobers up. I am good with talking to people because I have had jobs that trained me how to deal with irrational people. Many drivers do not have the knowledge, training or ability to calm a person down like I did in this situation. I would have likely been stunned while driving. It would have happened to me if she didn't listen to me.
On another occasion I picked up a truck driver from an Applebees in Springfield, MO The man was carrying a large concealed loaded revolver. As we were driving to the mans destination he asked me if I was armed. I replied, (no, Uber does not allow us to posses any weapons when working). The man replied, (well man how would you stop me from shooting you in the back of the head and robbing right now) as he pulled a revolver out of the rear of shirt. The man quickly said to me, (don't worry I'm not going to rob you or shoot you. I just want to show that if someone gets in your car and has a gun like I do and does intend to shoot and rob you). He continued to say to me,(you would be helpless and I could take you, your money and your car). The man was making a point to me. A very valid point!
Show your support. Many Uber/Lyft drivers have been robbed and murdered in various cities and countries. Help all of us Uber/Lyft drivers and all people make sure that we can reserve our right to bear arms when working rideshare to protect ourselves.