Detroit’s new police chief has seemingly made an immediate impact. The murder rate dropped by almost 14% in 2013 from its record breaking high in 2012, and the police department’s rate of clearing murders has climbed in that time as well. Now he’s talking openly about another way to lower the crime and murder problem… arming law abiding citizens.
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.
While many police chiefs in urban areas may not be so quick to agree with Chief Craig, evidence shows that most police officers agree with his stance.
According to a March 2013 anonymous poll of 15,000 officers by the law enforcement website policeone.com., almost 90 percent of the respondents believed casualties would be decreased if armed citizens were present during shooting incidents, while more than 80 percent supported arming teachers who were trained with firearms.
The problem for cops in urban areas is that the 2nd Amendment has somehow become a divisive issue in modern day America. A certain segment of society has decided that one of our most basic rights, the right to defend what is ours from others, is not a worthwhile liberty. They’ve tossed the 2nd Amendment aside and tried to decide for all of us that our possessions and our loved ones are not worth protecting. Meanwhile, back in Detroit, Chief Craig has gained some support among the denizens of his city, people like 77 year old Willie White – who in March 2012, fatally shot a man who’d broken into his northwest Detroit home. Prior to the incident, White’s home had been broken into several times. The break-ins stopped after he killed the 18-year-old intruder, he said. “I think these criminals would definitely think twice if they knew more citizens were armed,” White said. “I know it stopped them from breaking into my place.”
Here’s hoping more police chiefs have the guts to stand up and speak plainly and clearly. An armed upright citizenry is the best defense against violent crime. The police cannot arrive to most crimes in time to stop them, but the people being victimized are already there… they could stop it. It’s just common sense – arm the law abiding public and crime will drop.
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