Skip to comments.Detroit police chief: Armed citizens cut crime
Posted on 07/17/2014 11:52:10 AM PDT by PoloSec
Detroit Police Chief James Craig believes that citizens who carry guns are serving as an effective crime deterrent, the Detroit News reports.
Criminals are getting the message that good Detroiters are armed and will use that weapon, Craig said. I dont want to take away from the good work our investigators are doing, but I think part of the drop in crime, and robberies in particular, is because criminals are thinking twice that citizens could be armed.
I cant say what specific percentage is caused by this, but theres no question in my mind it has had an effect.
Craigs statement comes in the wake of a series of hopeful statistics for crime-hating citizens. Compared to last year, Detroit has experienced 37 percent fewer robberies, 22 percent fewer break-ins of businesses and homes, and 30 percent fewer carjackings. Craig believes the promising numbers result from more citizens using firearms to defend themselves.
Craig has been a outspoken proponent for the positive effect of armed citizens since January, despite a few published studies that claim just the opposite.
Our position is, more guns equals more crime, said Josh Horwitz, director of the Washington D.C.-based Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. These are complicated issues, but the empirical evidence shows the states with the lowest gun ownership and the tightest restrictions have the fewest instances of gun violence.
But Detroiter Al Woods, himself a former criminal and current anti-violence advocate, sees the effectiveness of an armed citizenry.
If I was out there now robbing people these days, Woods said, knowing there are a lot more people with guns, I know Id have to rethink my game plan.
Paging Michael Bloomberg...
Horowitz is just flat out lying.
Perfect timing. Isn’t Nutroots happening in Detroit right now?
Paging Captain Obvious!
I like Chief Craig, my only fear is that he is politicized out of the job...........
Detroit police chief James Craig
” but the empirical evidence shows the states with the lowest gun ownership and the tightest restrictions have the fewest instances of gun violence.
OK. Now give us the crime rates.
Maybe there is hope for Detroit. Their chief of police appears to be a good man. That’s a start.
Let’s see... the flee Detroit rate is at an all time high. So, there is no one left to rob, pimp or muscle. The Nation of Islam is making a base out of the victims. Yeah, armed citizens are making the difference. You bet, boss.
Love this guy.
You could not be more wrong...companies and people are moving into Detroit.
You bet. Government high end, is the move. Dang, that might be tax payer money. Am I wrong?