Friday, December 28, 2012

Mentally Ill Person Pushes Yet Another Innocent Onto Subway Tracks, No Call To Ban SubwayTrains

And another mentally ill person kills, this time in New York using a subway rather than a firearm.

The Detroit Free Press: With video: Man pushed to death in front of NYC subway train

The suspect in Thursday night's killing had been following the man closely on a Queens platform and mumbling to herself, witnesses told police. She got up from a nearby bench and shoved the man, who was standing with his back to her, as the train pulled into the platform. He was pinned under the train as it pulled to a stop, police said.

No calls for enhanced security according to the article, as this is a "rare event", that only last occurred 25 days ago.

Mayor Bloomberg did not call for banning subway trains, and apparently didn't call for more treatment or institutionalization of the mentally ill.

Asked about the episode at the station on Queens Boulevard in the Sunnyside neighborhood, Mayor Michael Bloomberg pointed today to legal and policy changes that led to the release of many mentally ill people from psychiatric institutions from the 1960s through 1990s.

"The courts or the law have changed and said, no, you can't do that unless they're a danger to society; our laws protect you. That's fair enough," Bloomberg said on The John Gambling Show with Mayor Mike on WOR-AM.

It's a pity Bloomberg holds quite the double standard and refuses to apply that same logic to 94 million law-abiding citizens and firearms possession.


Expatriate Owl said...

Maybe if subway trains caused obesity, then Bloomie would be calling for them to be banned (or at least limit them to 16 ounces).

Scott said...

But Mr. Owl - they do cause obesity. If the subway weren't there people would have to walk and they would be healtier. The fact that they don't have to walk makes them fatter.

Wait - Aaron, does Bloomie read your blog? I might give him ideas.