January 3, 2014, - 3:47 pm

WOW: Liberal Black Detroit Police Chief Against Gun Control; Says More Citizens Should Be Armed

By Debbie Schlussel

Detroit Police Chief James Craig, originally a gun control supporter, is now calling for more Detroit citizens to be armed. Moreover, he’s finally admitting that gun ownership deters crime and is in favor of more Detroiters obtaining Michigan Concealed Pistol Licenses. Right on!

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I was not originally a fan of Motown’s relatively new Police Chief, Craig, especially after he let a carjacker go (because the Chief is not actually a police officer and could only make a citizen’s arrest!). But, now, I’m rethinking my view about him. He’s finally turned the corner on our Second Amendment rights. Maybe he’ll turn other corners and turn things around in the City. Detroit’s homicide numbers went down last year compared to the previous year, though he cannot take credit for that, as he’s only been in office a few months. But, still, I’m looking forward to good things from Chief Craig. He’s bucked the trend of urban police chiefs who mostly support taking citizens’ guns away. Maybe he’ll buck other similarly moronic conventional inner city law enforcement wisdom.

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.

“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.”

I’m not sure why he compares Maine to Detroit. They couldn’t be more different (except for being mindless libs who voted in droves for Obama). Maine has low crime for other reasons. But Craig has the right idea. He also said this in a radio interview:

“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.”

And other cops get it, too.

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.

Willie White, a Black Detroiter, also gets it.

77-year-old Willie White, . . . 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.”

Spot on. I’m glad Black America is finally waking up to the lie that is gun control. Now, if only the President they elected in droves would get it.

Or, at the very least, if only Black America would get it that the President they elected–while he’s well-guarded inside the White House and everywhere else–wants to take away their only mode of self-preservation in inner cities and urban settings like Detroit.

Three cheers, James Craig.

I’ve said it on this site many times before: my Holocaust survivor grandfather, of Blessed Memory, always carried a gun and illegally concealed and carried because, in those days, it was tough to get a concealed weapons permit in Michigan. His guns saved his life many times in his office near Detroit’s borders, and he always lamented that Jews weren’t allowed to own guns in Nazi Europe and defend themselves.

Let’s hope the days of Detroit leaders, like late corrupt Mayor Coleman Young, calling for gun control (while they own plenty of guns themselves–Young had a large gun collection) are over.

As I always say, the only gun control I believe in for law-abiding Americans is a steady aim.

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16 Responses

Milwaukee County Sheriff Clarke gets it too. We definitely need more high ranking cops to get with the program and support the second amendment. An armed society is a polite society.

Tommy Thomas on January 3, 2014 at 5:23 pm

Debbie,

Thanks!

It’s called common sense. Criminals are predators and evil by nature. If citizens are armed and can defend themselves with firearms, then criminals will be less tempted to commit crimes. No surprise about Coleman Young owning guns but restricting gun ownership among the people he represented. Typical but all too common hypocrisy from our political “leadership”. It’s not just Jews or other Europeans who were unarmed and helpless against the Nazi’s. Other groups suffered because they could not resist a tyrant by force. Millions of Russians and Ukrainians died during Stalin’s reign as well as Cambodian’s under Pol Pot and Armenians under Mustafa Kamal. Stay warm.

Peter on January 3, 2014 at 5:37 pm

Desperation tends to clear the mind.

worry01 on January 3, 2014 at 5:40 pm

A well-armed society is a polite society.

Jeff on January 3, 2014 at 11:00 pm

Between free houses to repair and own and this .. hell, I might move to Dettroit City

Jack on January 4, 2014 at 12:44 am

Is it OK to shoot the wild dogs?

Little Al on January 4, 2014 at 3:35 am

Probably only a small blip on the radar.

Guns in the hands of the good guys helping to deter the bad guys? This fact is so patently obvious that it couldn’t have been ignored for so long without intent. Liberalism is a sickness.

At the minimum, the good guys having guns can deter crime through fear in the criminal community. At best, it can deter future crime from a perp by removing him from the planet. Win-Win if ever there was one.

PitandPen on January 4, 2014 at 8:48 am

You see Debbie this is what happens when a Black liberal strays off the plantation and starts to think with common sense and reasoning. Whatever brought him to this conclusion I too applaud him. Criminals aren’t stupid for the most part and know that people who aren’t armed are easy pickings. Try telling this to the average liberal and they will foam at the mouth while telling you that guns kill people and should be outlawed. What the dummies fail to realize is that criminals will still get their guns UNLAWFULLY. The only deterrent to this is if citizens are allowed to carry or have them in the home. It is time for other police chiefs in major cities like New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago to follow Chief Craig’s lead so that the trash can be taken out.

Ken B on January 4, 2014 at 9:58 am

It is actually quite easy to explain. He is no longer being run by uber liberal socialist. He now has to answer to Gov. Snyder who could get rid of him in two seconds.

Jonathan Gartner on January 4, 2014 at 11:05 am

Everyone graduating high school should be handed 3 icons of America along with their diploma: a tomahawk, a Bowie knife and a .38 revolver. After receiving them there should be no restrictions on how they are carried – open, concealed or not carried at all. If people engage in illegal activity those items will be confiscated.

An armed society is a polite society.

Ruckus_Tom on January 4, 2014 at 3:50 pm

Deb:

You’d be surprised what a big city Police Chief will say when he’s worried about making payroll and pension obligations. Suddenly, that “well regulated militia” verbiage in the 2nd Amendment doesn’t seem so obsolete and racist anymore.

Regards,

There is NO Santa Claus (aka TINSC)

There is NO Santa Claus on January 4, 2014 at 7:47 pm

OF COURSE these people should be armed! MY goodness, wasn’t there a substantial rape reported? If those victims had a gun or at least a Taser stuff like this wouldn’t happen

Saros on January 5, 2014 at 3:06 am

    Saros:

    There is a difference between “being armed” and having a CPL license. In the event citizens of Detroit obtain CPL licenses and public statistics show a significant increase, it could have a positive impact on crime inside the city limits of Detroit.

    Eliminating crime is Detroit’s number one priority. Their number 2 priority is land reclamation. By “land reclamation” I mean demolishing condemned properties and remediation of brownfields.

    Once those two problems are fully addressed: let the re-development begin anew.

    There is NO Santa Claus on January 5, 2014 at 8:11 am

i wouldn’t be to quick to state this police chief is on the side of the pro gunners, remember he is still a democrat marxist liberal, and this guy can change on a dime if the corrupt city council tells him to do so.

bill on January 6, 2014 at 5:05 pm

This is just a dose of common sense.

Just curious, how can he not be empowered to make an arrest? How can a chief of police not be a police officer with arrest powers (other than citizen’s arrest)?

BethesdaDog on January 16, 2014 at 12:02 am

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