Hochul Defends Decision to Ban National Guard’s Long Guns in NYC Subway Security

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New York Gov. Kathy Hochul has recently defended her directive to prohibit the National Guard from carrying long guns while conducting bag checks in the NYC subway system.

In response to a spike in crime, Gov. Hochul deployed the National Guard in a “supportive role” to assist the NYPD and transit police.

“The subway system is the lifeblood of New York City,” Hochul stated, highlighting the urgency of addressing a 45% spike in subway crimes.

She emphasized the need for a quick response and the deployment of resources at her disposal.

Gov. Hochul, on seeing photos of National Guard members with long guns, decided that such a show of force was unnecessary.

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“As soon as I saw the first photo of them carrying a long gun, I said I don’t think that’s necessary,” she explained at a news conference this week.

The governor clarified that her decision was independent of any backlash, stating, “I saw one video that day and I said no long guns. I don’t need to hear from other people on what I think is right.”

Gov. Hochul’s strategy, while aimed at making the public “feel” secure, stops short of a more effective solution.

A bolder and more direct approach would be to empower law-abiding citizens to exercise their right to bear arms for self-defense outside their homes.

This policy could transform the public into a formidable deterrent against crime, ensuring that one-time offenders are decisively stopped from becoming repeat offenders.

This approach not only enhances public safety but also instills a sense of responsibility and vigilance among the citizens.

Then there wouldn’t be a need for the National Guard in the first place. Problem solved.

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  • Kurt Sherman March 18, 2024, 7:40 pm

    What is the cost of 1000 people /LE room and board etc $$$
    in NYC

  • Rick March 16, 2024, 2:35 pm

    Long guns in an LE capacity have no place in subway stations.

    Wrong tool for the job.

    Shotguns, too.

  • Alex March 16, 2024, 9:53 am

    This shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. Another politician making rules that has no clue what she’s doing. THE ONLY COMMUNIST IDEA THAT THE DEMOCRATS DON’T LIKE IS AN AK47.

  • Alan March 16, 2024, 6:11 am

    Weapons of WAR!
    If our citizens don’t need them, the Police Damn sure don’t need them, what, are they going to war with the citizens? So the National Guard don’t need them either! I think everyone should be using Papa Joe’s single shot shotgun to make it fair, including his SS detail!!!

  • Arch Stanton March 15, 2024, 2:24 pm

    It’s obvious she doesn’t know the first thing about the military. In most cases, unless you’re an MP or some type of operator, soldiers are ONLY issued long guns. Officers are issued pistols, not enlisted. So if you say they can’t carry your long gun, exactly what weapon are they going to carry? Honey, you NEED to listen to what others think about “…on what I think is right.”, because you’re clueless.

  • Will March 15, 2024, 1:11 pm

    Her decision make using the national guard completely pointless. 95% aren’t issued handguns, or very rarely train with them… Less so than police officers.
    Honestly, the M4 barely qualifies as a long gun. It was specifically redesigned for urban warfare, & you don’t get much more urban than the subway system.
    If she’s going to ban them from the subway just because they’re black & scary, she should continue the trend and remove the need for the guard in the first place…

    • Jim C March 15, 2024, 9:42 pm

      Actually, I stupidly made the same error in my post. I am a combat veteran, and should have thought more clearly. I would not support long arms, but also would not send them there without personal protection. I was never in the NG, can I assume they got at least some experience with a sidearm? Anyway, my error.

      • Will March 15, 2024, 10:57 pm

        Same here… I got out in 92, so my knowledge of current training is limited. In my experience, standard enlisted ranks only got a pistol if their MOS required it, such as drivers, pilots, tankers & MP’s. I imagine it would be the same with the NG… When I started out as a 12B, the only time I handled a pistol was in basic to qualify… After I upped to 18C I got issued a 1911 & trained weekly. Back then, the M16A2 was the standart issue longarm. Mine was an M203, so it wasn’t exactly useful for tight spaces… 😉

  • jim c March 15, 2024, 12:23 pm

    This is, without a doubt, the first thing I have ever agreed with this nutty lady on. Uniformed guardsmen with long rifles smacks of a police state, and erodes the idea that we are a free society. The presence of the uniformed NG, outfitted with sidearms, will deter a significant amount of crime, though only where the NG has an obvious presence.

    I cannot think of an actual subway crime which would call for the use of an M4. Yes, I understand that anything can happen, but if uniformed police officers only carry sidearms on normal patrol, that is good enough for the NG in the subway.

  • Ger March 15, 2024, 11:18 am

    I hate to say this, but I agree. Subway platforms are crowded places. There is no possible scenario where a rifle could be employed by anyone other than ESU. However, they should be armed with pistols for self-defense.

  • Nicholas March 15, 2024, 10:16 am

    The National Guard cannot fulfill the role she is talking about.
    Article I, Section 10, Clause 3;
    “No State shall, without the Consent of Congress *** keep Troops, or Ships of War in time of Peace *** unless actually invaded, or in such imminent Danger as will not admit of delay.”
    Under those enactments, the Guard are “Troops *** of War”, prohibited to be used in a law enforcement capacity. SCOTUS had already made this distinction long ago. Until all the pro-2nd groups stop their insistence on collecting contributions and membership fees, instead of applying the law as it is clearly written, we will be in a struggle, for which Justice Joseph Story lamented, almost two centuries ago, lamented that we would lose our right to keep and bear arms.
    There are 27 words in the 2nd amendment, and as SCOTUS has ruled on several occasions, every word must have its “due force”. So, when the 2nd amendment community tells us that the first 13 words are something other than what the court already secured, you might as well just turn in your guns now, and stop wasting money on bad case law.

  • jeff Taylor March 15, 2024, 8:43 am

    Woman is a bad joke,,, but the voters got exactly what they asked for, so i have no sympathy for them,,

  • Glenn Stanton March 15, 2024, 8:39 am

    “I don’t need to hear from other people on what I think is right” sums it up nicely when you’re a dictator.

    • Edward Burnett March 15, 2024, 10:36 am

      Agree. She knows she’s wrong.

  • krinkov March 15, 2024, 7:56 am

    Nothing eternity in hell can’t “fix”. Applies to every leftard moron. Especially Delaware potatoes.

  • krinkov March 15, 2024, 7:53 am

    Nut job psychopath libtard. Wow I’m “shocked” at what idiot this nut job jewvoner this hellbound harlot is.

  • FujianXiamenGuo March 15, 2024, 7:48 am

    Mutiny by the State of New York National Guards is in order. Take Albany, and arrest the Governor. Put her on trial in a Court Martial for treason.

    • krinkov March 15, 2024, 7:54 am

      Needs burn in everlasting flames. And the troonie shall burn.

  • Ordiany Joe March 15, 2024, 7:40 am

    Just yesterday the new media reported a shooting in the subway system. Looks like putting uniforms in the subway is really not a deterrent. It is all show. They want the NG to be billboards with no means of self defense. BTW, who are they protecting? Seems they are employed at baggage check areas. So they must be there to protect the police. How sad. They just need a few Snake Plissken types to clear out the subways. Several have tried, but they have been been made examples of what not to do. Be a good citizen and allow bad guys to do what they want. Its just like Canada where they tell the citizens to leave their car keys for the thieves.

  • KC Jailer March 15, 2024, 7:37 am

    To be fair, they probably didn’t have ammo anyway. They had to just carry them around as props. Reminds me of the WTO protests (riots) in Seattle in 1999. Governor Gary Locke called out the National Guard – and wanted them to dress in Class A uniform…pure Kabuk theater…

  • MP71 March 14, 2024, 1:50 pm

    Everything that woman does is a Psy Op. She doesn’t want the sheeple of NYC to associate scary black rifles with safety and security.

  • paul I'll call you what I want/1st Amendment March 14, 2024, 7:16 am

    what no social workers????

    • krinkov March 15, 2024, 7:58 am

      LOVE WINS! The leftarded retarded solution to every problem that the leftards created.

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