A new ridesharing app called Black Wolf, that will compete with Uber and Lyft, recently launched in Atlanta and New York.
What makes Black Wolf, stand out? The driver of your vehicle can be armed with a gun. Black Wolf founder Kerry King Brown told a local news station in Atlanta, Georgia, “What I’m creating is a necessary evil. It’s a necessity,”
The company launched last week and first gained widespread attention over the weekend after going viral on Reddit. Brown says it’s “executive protection” for people who are worried about their personal safety, as the country reels from a seemingly never-ending barrage of mass shootings and mundane interactions that quickly escalate into gun violence.
Drivers will need to pass a background check, and are trained to de-escalate any situation if a confrontation should occur on the road. Brown says he’s worked as a private investigator and bodyguard, and claims many of the drivers who work for the company come from military and security backgrounds. An Atlanta news outlet showed a clip of Brown near Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, strongly suggesting he worked as a bodyguard for the controversial congresswoman.
If you look through the app, which is available for free on Apple’s App Store and Google Play, you’ll see three different services: Armed Executive Protection, Unarmed Executive Protection, and School Executive Protection. The school-based option is being marketed as a way to send children to school more safely.
“Every Black Wolf App vehicle comes equipped with GPS Tracking and Live-streaming technology that allows our riders to share with their loved ones,” the company says on its Facebook page.
The Black Wolf rideshare app has social media accounts on major platforms like TikTok, Instagram and Facebook, but it’s not clear yet whether the app will launch in other cities. Uber launched its ridesharing option with just a select number of cities in 2012 but was in 65 regions by the following year.
With the U.S. government’s political roadblocks to do anything to make Americans more safe from random shootings, various businesses are coming up with their own solutions. One company has built a gigantic collapsible safe-room that’s being marketed to schools, while other companies have developed tactical school equipment—including bulletproof backpacks and bulletproof school desks.
Our our everyday lives have turned into a war zone, but until Congress acts, these are some of the solutions we are likely to see grow in popularity over the next few years.
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