Friday, January 03, 2014

In Detroit, Hell Just Froze Over

Maybe it was the massive snowfall and cold-snap we just had, or maybe it was just the case of an honest and intelligent assessment of reality by Detroit's police chief.

As noted by Murphy's Law and reported in today's Detroit News, Detroit's Police Chief actually and on the record stated that:

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.

“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.


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.

His honesty and good sense is certainly refreshing.

Perhaps it had something to do with his almost getting car-jacked in Detroit himself recently.

Kudos indeed to Chief Craig. I half expected such a statement from a police chief of a crime-ridden, Democrat-controlled major urban center to only occur when hell froze over, and indeed, perhaps it just did.


ProudHillbilly said...

All I could think of was "Well, DUH!"

ProudHillbilly said...

And from the looks of Accuweather, the whole hell freezing over in your area might be possible...