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Should the National Guard Be Allowed to Search Subway Commuters’ Bags?

Should the National Guard Be Allowed to Search Subway Commuters’ Bags?

Here’s The Scoop

In a desperate attempt to appear tough on crime, New York Governor Kathy Hochul has deployed 750 National Guard soldiers to patrol the nation’s busiest subway system. This move comes despite the fact that major crimes in the New York City transit system have dropped nearly 3% from 2022 to 2023, and violent crime on public transit is generally rare.

Hochul’s decision to bring in the National Guard is more about optics and political posturing than actually making mass transit safer. She admitted as much during an interview on MSNBC, stating that she wants to change the psychology around crime in New York City and prove that Democrats can fight crime too.

But is this really the best use of our National Guard? These troops are being tasked with conducting random bag searches, a practice that has been in place for nearly two decades and has long been a subject of concerns over racial profiling. Not to mention, passengers have the right to refuse these searches, rendering them largely ineffective.

This blatant political maneuver by Governor Hochul is a prime example of how politicians are more interested in scoring points and looking tough than actually addressing the root causes of crime. Instead of wasting resources on a show of force that does little to improve public safety, perhaps our leaders should focus on investing in education, mental health services, and economic opportunities for those most at risk of turning to crime.

As conservatives, we must continue to hold our elected officials accountable for their actions and demand solutions that address the real issues facing our communities, rather than falling for empty gestures that only serve to further their political ambitions.

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  1. James McElreath jr

    March 11, 2024 at 1:04 am

    Ms. Hochul wants to be a dictator! She is totally stupid about how and where to use her police personnel and when Military personnel can be used or not! We are approaching a military state, but we are not there yet, with NY closer than most! At least until Jan 6, we Americans were supposed to be perceived as innocent until proven guilty and deserving of due process! The FBI ended all that in the three-year hounding of American citizens with their FBI swat tactics of attacking Americans in the middle of the night.

  2. Thomas Birch

    March 13, 2024 at 7:23 am

    If a person is doing something that looks out of place, or causing trouble, there may be a reason to search someones belongings, but to give stop and search power to
    the military, or anyone else, gets us on the way to a third world dictatorship. We are still a free country, for now! But we are on our way to losing that very

  3. Suzy-Q

    March 17, 2024 at 7:10 pm

    They do all this at airports anyway, so what’s the problem. I think the general public should be able to feel safe from all the nuts out there who want to do harm to the general public, they should’ve been doing it all along after 9/11. Criminals have more rights than the general public it seems & they are too often let off w/ a slap on the wrist. Me, I’ve got nothing to hide so I don’t care & w/ all these unvetted illegals breaking into this country w/ the blessing of these liberal donkeys you get what you vote for & what you deserve!!

    • Carol Stevens

      March 17, 2024 at 9:55 pm

      absolutely agree, NO ONE is vetting the invasion memmbers

  4. john

    March 17, 2024 at 7:26 pm

    there has to be probable cause for a search and seizure. if this is to be done, it would be like a dui check at a traffic stop. every car is stopped, not randomly. and who decides who is randomly stopped? it seems legally everyone would be searched. if one wants to honestly get to the heart problem and no one wants to say or admit it look at who is committing the crime. it’s the black thugs. search them. it’s not called racial profiling it’s called facts. search them, take their guns and most of the crime is resolved.

  5. Jerry C.

    March 17, 2024 at 7:44 pm

    Plainly unconstitutional, (as are DUI checkpoints, no matter what partisan courts have said). If we keep giving-up little bits of our freedom out of fear, ignorance, and indifference, soon enough we’ll have no freedom left at all.

  6. John King

    March 17, 2024 at 8:11 pm

    Use TSA instead of National Guard. Search everyone before they board. Happens at ball parks, big venues. I just choose not to fly or go to those events.

  7. JP

    March 23, 2024 at 8:11 am

    How are they deciding who to stop and search? Gee, are they profiling people? I think NYS has bigger fish it should be frying. But hey Kathy, you do you. Then ask yourself why taxpayers are fleeing in droves and the only people who are coming in are not paying any taxes.

  8. Tim Kuehl

    April 6, 2024 at 1:43 pm

    Not without a search warrant. This is the danger, people are willing to sacrifice their liberty for safety and our now overbearing government will take full advantage of that attitude. To paraphrase John Adams, “Those willing to give up their liberty for safety will neither have nor deserve either.” The answer is to prosecute and give stiff sentences to the actual criminals and not prosecute heroes like Daniel Penny.

  9. Terry

    June 1, 2024 at 1:12 am

    Every one forgets that when activated by the governor of their state, NOT the federal government, they are state employees. Each state has laws regulating their activities. If you have problems with this take it to your legislature and have them address it. When your citizens break the law police functions have to react. Would armed national guard soldiers on the subway be preferable to a voluntary search of backpacks?

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