Detroit’s Police Chief Says Citizens Packing Heat Are Reducing Crime Rate

When it comes to Detroit’s reduced crime rate, Police Chief James Craig isn’t taking the credit, but Detroit Police Chief James Craiggiving it to citizens who’ve decided to arm themselves instead of becoming victims.

Homeowners have increasingly taken to opening fire on criminals instead of waiting around for law enforcement.

A recent Detroit incident, however, did not end well when an 88 year old man opened fire on a news crew after he’d mistaken them for crooks. The man had previously been lured to the front door of his home by two women claiming to be in need of help, but when the elderly man went to the door, male robbers rushed in.

After a crew from WXYZ arrived at the man’s home to interview him, he fired a gun at them, believing he was being set up for a second time.

“I think he was traumatized; he got beat up pretty good,” Assistant Police Chief Steve Dolunt said, according to DetroitNews.com. “When the second reporter went onto his porch, he may have thought she was the woman who had tricked him, and he probably thought he was defending himself.”

Either way, there is no denying that the crime rate in Detroit has dropped, with “37 percent fewer robberies in 2014 than during the same period last year, 22 percent fewer break-ins of businesses and homes”, DetroitNews reports. Chief Craig says the sharp drop is due at least partly to citizens who are arming themselves against criminals.

“Criminals are getting the message that good Detroiters are armed and will use that weapon,” said Craig. “I don’t want to take away from the good work our investigators are doing, but I think part of the drop in crime, and robberies in particular, is because criminals are thinking twice that citizens could be armed.”

Craig concluded:  “I can’t say what specific percentage is caused by this, but there’s no question in my mind it has had an effect.”





11 Comment

  1. How about hiring the citizens as police and getting rid of the city police force. For payment their water can be turned back on.

  2. And yet these black folk keep voting for Liberals that want to disarm them

  3. Their will be some good and bad thing that will happen with people that arm them selves instead of waiting on the law to do their jobs.

  4. It is not the job of the police to protect you. The job of a police department is to keep some symbol of public order. You can't sue them for not protecting you. Self preservation is the first law of nature. Somebody will always do the wrong thing with a weapon and that includes police officers. So if I get mugged….am I to ask the mugger if he or she will "hold on for a minute until I call the police so they can come do their jobs"? I think not and in fact when the police comes out to place yellow tape around somebody's ass…my goal is to make sure it's not mine !!

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