Detroit Police Chief: the city is safer when good people can carry a gun

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We recently wrote about a 90 year old man in Dayton, OH who defended himself from a robber because he could carry a gun. The police eventually got there.

Today, we are happy to present the police chief of a major city with big crime problem who understands that his city is safer when the good people of his city can defend themselves because they can carry a gun.

If more citizens were armed, criminals would think twice about attacking them, Detroit Police Chief James Craig said Thursday.

Urban police chiefs are typically in favor of gun control or reluctant to discuss the issue, but Craig on Thursday was candid about how he’s changed his mind.

14-0104 Detroit Police ChiefCraig has been chief of police in Detroit since last October. It’s a daunting job to say the least. When he took over it was common to see signs on roads coming into the city that had been posted by police that read “Enter at your own risk”. 911 response time was measured in hours if the police bothered to respond at all.

2013 was a better year in Detroit, homicides were down 14% from 2012, but Detroit had as many murders as Chicago, three times Detroit’s size and generally regarded as the murder capital of the US, and more murders than New York City, ten times Detroit’s size. As a side note, when NYC’s new Progressive mayor Bill DeBlasio gets through with the NYC police department we suspect NYC will even things out with a significantly higher murder rate.

Craig “grew up” in the LAPD and was a rabid anti-gunner when he was in California. His career eventually took him to Portland, Maine in 2009 where he ran headlong into the gun culture.

“Coming from California (Craig was on the Los Angeles police force for 28 years), where it takes an act of Congress to get a concealed weapon permit, I got to Maine, where they give out lots of CCWs (carrying concealed weapon permits), and I had a stack of CCW permits I was denying; that was my orientation.

“I changed my orientation real quick. Maine is one of the safest places in America. Clearly, suspects knew that good Americans were armed.”

We’re seeing proof of Craig’s conclusion – which happens to be the position of the NRA that was openly scorned by people like Mike Bloomberg, his Mayors Against Guns, and virtually every elected Democrat – from academic research of all places.

A recent study from Quinnipiac University concludes that states with more restrictions on firearm ownership and carry permits had higher murder rates by guns than gun-friendly states, and suggests that increasing restrictions on concealed-carry permits pushes the murder rate up, not down. It also showed that assault-weapons bans had no effect on murder rates.

Let us summarize:

  • Restrictions on firearm ownership and carry permits drive murder rates up;
  • Restrictions on carry permits increase murder rates;
  • Assault weapons bans have no effect on murder rates.

We would call this proof that progressives and anti-gun advocates are out to control people not guns. Gun control is nothing more than a “feel-good remedy” for progressives who refuse to address the real issues surrounding gun violence.

When progressives are ready to address the breakdown of the family in the black community which has led to the emergence of very violent street gangs and a murder rate that is over 10 times higher than the white community, we can talk. They should be experts on the subject, after all, they’re the same people who put policies in place that engineered that breakdown.

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Michael Becker is a long time activist and a businessman. He's been involved in the pro-life movement since 1976 and has been counseling addicts and ministering to prison inmates since 1980. Becker is a Curmudgeon. He has decades of experience as an operations executive in turnaround situations and in mortgage banking. He blogs regularly at The Right Curmudgeon, The Minority Report, Wizbang, Unified Patriots and Joe for America. He lives in Phoenix and is almost always armed.

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