Detroit Police Chief: ‘If more citizens were armed, criminals would think twice about attacking them’

Detroit Police Chief James CraigThe Detroit News reported on Thursday Detroit Police Chief James Craig said, “If more citizens were armed, criminals would think twice about attacking them.” Th

This is an unusual mindset for urban police chiefs because a vast majority of them in favor of gun control.

James held a press conference at police headquarters where he addressed the topic of gun ownership. He said, “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.”

He further added he believes gun owners make Detroit citizens feel safer. Perhaps this can be attributed to the reported seven percent drop in violent crime in 2013 in the Detroit area.

Craig only started believing in legal gun owners being able to deter crime in 2009 when he became the police chief while living in Maine. He also said, “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.” The Detroit News reports that Robyn Thomas, director of the the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence in San Francisco, disagrees with Craig.

Thomas said, “I think at its core, his position is an emotional one, based on the idea that people feel safer when they have guns. But studies have shown more guns don’t deter crime,” Thomas said. “There’s no research that shows guns make anyone safer, and it does show that, the more guns in any situation, the higher the likelihood of them harming either the owner, or people who have access to them.”

Obviously those who are against the Second Amendment would have Americans believe that gun owners are dangerous and unstable maniacs who want our nation to return to the days of the wild west. The truth of the matter is that the only thing standing between us and becoming a victim is being able to legally carry firearms.

We can usually expect those against gun ownership to say and do whatever they have to in order to demonize those who legally carry firearms. Gun grabbers always justify confiscation of guns from law-abiding citizens by basically any means necessary. Those who oppose concealed carry say some ridiculous things, especially after a tragedy where guns have been involved and lives have been lost.

Those who oppose citizens in our nation from carrying guns say some pretty stupid things. News Busters reported Democratic New York Congressman Jerrold Nadler had the following to say about gun owners:

We have a lobby, the leadership of the NRA, who function as enablers of mass murder. And that’s what they are. They’re enablers of mass murder.

Then we have a president who can’t make up his mind exactly where he stands on the whole gun ownership issue.The rhetoric he spews puts him all “over the map on this issue.” There is only one thing we need to keep in mind concerning Obama and guns, don’t listen to what he says, but rather watch what he does.

The National Review Online reported that , “in 1996 Obama supported a ban on handguns and on the sale of ALL semiautomatic guns in  1998. The ban on semiautomatic guns would have included virtually all of the guns sold here in America. He advocated banning guns within a five mile radius of a school or park. He has also worked on other ways to ban guns.”

Obama was on the board of directors for the Joyce Foundation which is the biggest private corporation that funds research to ban gun ownership in our nation. In 2008, when Obama was a senator he spoke at a campaign rally in Lebanon, VA (see this youtube video) where he said:

“I just want to be absolutely clear. Alright, So I don’t want any misunderstanding when you all go home and you are talking to your buddies and you say, ah ‘He wants to take your guns away.’ You’ve heard it here, I’m on television so everybody knows it. I believe in the Second Amendment. I believe in people’s lawful right to bear arms. I will not take your shotgun away. I will not take your rifle away. I won’t take your handgun away.”

So exactly where does Obama stand on gun control now that he’s president? Well we can see by his recent actions that he is for taking American’s rights of legal gun ownership away. Not only does he want gun control but he is doing it in a dictatorial manner. On Friday it was announced that Obama has new pending executive orders concerning gun ownership.

The stats that the president and other gun control people tend to ignore are that when gun laws are relaxed criminals are deterred. Criminals are less likely to try robbing someone if they are unsure they’re going to get a face full of lead. Here are some interesting facts about guns and crime from

  • Guns are used 2.5 million times annually or 6,860 times a day. This means that each year, firearms are used more than 80 times more often to protect the lives of honest citizens than they are to take lives.
  • Less than 8 percent of the time, a citizen will kill or wound his/her attacker.200,000 women use a gun every year to defend themselves against sexual abuse
  • Citizens shoot and kill at least twice as many criminals as police do every year.
    Only 2 percent of civilian shootings involved an innocent person mistakenly identified as a criminal. The ‘error rate’ for the police, however, was 11 percent, more than five times as high.

The thing is this, what will you do when and if a criminal comes at you? Can you depend on the police to arrive in time to save you? Probably not, so it’s up to each individual American to protect themselves or be victims.

Joseph is the Dothan Christianity Examiner and Dothan Marine Corps Examiner, you can check out his articles for each column by clicking on the titles above and or by clicking on the following links:


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