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New York Governor Kathy Hochul Deploys National Guard to Fight Subway Crime

On Wednesday, New York Governor Kathy Hochul (D-N.Y.) announced that she would deploy National Guard troops to various subway stations throughout New York City in an effort to crack down on violent crime in the subways.

According to the Washington Free Beacon, the governor’s order will see 1,000 law enforcement personnel, including 750 National Guard troops and 250 officers from the State Police and Metropolitan Transportation Authority, deployed to perform such tasks as “conducting bag checks in the city’s busiest stations.”

“These brazen heinous attacks on our subway system will not be tolerated,” said Hochul in a statement. “No one heading to their job or to visit family or go to a doctor appointment should worry that the person sitting next to them possesses a deadly weapon.”

A similar action was taken last month by New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D-N.Y.), who deployed 1,000 police officers to subway stations following a surge in violent crime, which includes assaults and people being shoved onto the tracks. The attacks are often carried out by homeless or mentally unstable culprits.

“I’m on the subway system and I speak with riders,” said Adams on Tuesday during a press conference. “They say, ‘Eric, nothing makes us feel safer than seeing that officer at the token booth, walking through the system, walking through the trains’ and that is what we want our officers to do.”

Since the month of January, three homicides have taken place in New York City’s subway system, in addition to multiple assaults and grand larcenies. Videos of such assaults, often captured by security cameras in the stations, frequently go viral and highlight the increasing danger of everyday life in a city that has become overrun with violent crime, which is being caused by a rise in homelessness, drug use, mental illness, and illegal immigration.

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About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22). He is currently a co-host of The Right Take podcast.

Photo: NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 18: New York Gov. Kathy Hochul speaks onstage during the Clinton Global Initiative September 2023 Meeting at New York Hilton Midtown on September 18, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Clinton Global Initiative)