I’ll have more to say about this as a mass transit issue, but this, from an article about D.C.’s Metro, is bonkers (boldface mine):
Johnny DiPasquale, a retired law enforcement officer who lives in Leesburg in Loudoun County, Va., said he has ridden Metro only once since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks — mainly because of concern over safety.
In case of an emergency, he said, “I don’t want to be on the tube in darkness in D.C. and I can’t get out.” He also isn’t happy that the Metro system will soon be extended to his county.
Phase 2 of the Silver Line will extend Metro to Dulles International Airport and into eastern Loudoun.
“When I heard trains are coming to Loudoun, I said, ‘Oh boy, the crime rate is going to go through the roof,’ ” DiPasquale said, anticipating that criminals would use the subway to travel to the suburb.
I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess he watches a lot of Fox News.
This is not sane. There’s no evidence criminals use mass transit (they’re going to boost all your stuff and… carry it back on the Metro?). Unless, by criminals, one means certain kinds of people.
As to the terrorist incidents, that’s just ninniness. I’m far more worried about getting hit by a car in D.C. than I am getting blown up and BURIED ALIVE! by terrorists.
Imagine if someone who looked disheveled said this: one might assume they require medical attention. These are not remotely rational fears, but inchoate ones, stoked by right wing propaganda.
And the congregation responds: this is yet another reason why we can’t have nice things.