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Detroit police chief: Armed citizens cut crime
Rare ^ | July 16 2014 | Richard Thompson

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 don’t 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 can’t say what specific percentage is caused by this, but there’s no question in my mind it has had an effect.”

Craig’s 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 I’d have to rethink my game plan.”


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: yesterday

1 posted on 07/17/2014 11:52:10 AM PDT by PoloSec
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To: PoloSec

Paging Michael Bloomberg...


2 posted on 07/17/2014 11:55:13 AM PDT by MichaelCorleone (Jesus Christ is not a religion. He's the Truth.)
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To: PoloSec

Horowitz is just flat out lying.


3 posted on 07/17/2014 12:25:44 PM PDT by arrogantsob (The Disaster MUST Go. Sarah herself supports Romney.)
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To: PoloSec

Perfect timing. Isn’t Nutroots happening in Detroit right now?


4 posted on 07/17/2014 12:27:52 PM PDT by tanknetter
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To: PoloSec

Paging Captain Obvious!


5 posted on 07/17/2014 12:37:33 PM PDT by Dubh_Ghlase (Therefore, send not to know For whom the bell tolls, It tolls for thee.)
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To: Springman; cyclotic; netmilsmom; RatsDawg; PGalt; FreedomHammer; queenkathy; madison10; ...
“If I was out there now robbing people these days,” Woods said, “knowing there are a lot more people with guns, I know I’d have to rethink my game plan.”

Al is what is known as a "smart criminal".

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6 posted on 07/17/2014 12:58:23 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: cripplecreek
Al is what is known as a "smart criminal".

I like Chief Craig, my only fear is that he is politicized out of the job...........

7 posted on 07/17/2014 1:14:54 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (By now, everyone should know that you shoot a zombie in the head. Don't try to reason with them...)
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To: PoloSec
This man knows what he's talking about

Detroit police chief James Craig

8 posted on 07/17/2014 9:18:25 PM PDT by Cronos (Obama’s dislike of Assad is not based on Assad’s brutality but that he isn't a jihadi Moslem)
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To: PoloSec

” 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.


9 posted on 07/17/2014 9:23:24 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin
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To: PoloSec

Maybe there is hope for Detroit. Their chief of police appears to be a good man. That’s a start.


10 posted on 07/17/2014 9:25:27 PM PDT by jpsb (Believe nothing until it has been officially denied)
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To: PoloSec

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.


11 posted on 07/17/2014 9:29:14 PM PDT by RedHeeler
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To: PoloSec

Love this guy.


12 posted on 07/18/2014 11:37:12 PM PDT by MarMema (Run Ted Run)
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To: RedHeeler

You could not be more wrong...companies and people are moving into Detroit.


13 posted on 07/18/2014 11:38:06 PM PDT by MarMema (Run Ted Run)
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To: MarMema

You bet. Government high end, is the move. Dang, that might be tax payer money. Am I wrong?


14 posted on 07/19/2014 5:34:33 PM PDT by RedHeeler
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