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Detroit police chief: Legal gun owners can deter crime

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


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.

“When we look at the good

community members who have concealed weapons permits, the likelihood

they’ll shoot is based on a lack of confidence in this Police

Department,” Craig said at a press conference at police headquarters,

adding that he thinks more Detroit citizens feel safer, thanks in part

to a 7 percent drop in violent crime in 2013.

Craig said he started believing that legal gun owners can deter crime when he became police chief in Portland, Maine, in 2009.

“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.”

Craig’s statements Thursday echoed those he made Dec. 19 on “The Paul W. Smith

Show” on WJR (760 AM), when he said: “There’s a number of CPL (concealed

pistol license) holders running around the city of Detroit. I think it

acts as a deterrent. Good Americans with CPLs translates into crime

reduction. I learned that real quick in the state of Maine.”

From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140103/METRO01/301030038#ixzz2pNI42BBr


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There may be some hope for Detroit after all!! If more people in positions of power there were this enlightened, that city might flourish again!!

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That government that fears an armed citizenry

is a government to be feared.

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