In an interview with The Detroit News and in the CNN video, Detroit Police Chief James Craig attributed a drop in his city’s crime rate to better police work and criminals being reluctant to prey on citizens who may be carrying guns.
“Criminals are getting the message that good Detroiters are armed and will use that weapon,” said Craig, who has repeatedly said he believes armed citizens deter crime. “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.” According to the News article, Detroit has experienced 37 percent fewer robberies in 2014 than during the same period last year, 22 percent fewer break-ins of businesses and homes, and 30 percent fewer carjackings.
“I can’t say what specific percentage is caused by this, but there’s no question in my mind it has had an effect,” Craig said to the News.
John Rivera, president of the Miami-Dade Police Benevolent Association said budget cuts in Florida’s Miami-Dade County would affect policing there, and Rivera told WSVN news, “If the mayor’s not going to provide security, then my recommendation, as an experienced law enforcement officer for nearly 40 years, is either buy yourself an attack dog, put bars on your windows and doors and get yourself some firearms because you’re going to have to protect yourselves.” Some months ago, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke Jr. said, “There are certain situations — and I think most people get that — where 911 is going to be of no use. For instance, once the wolf is at the door, once the intruder is inside your home, once you’re on the street and someone sticks a gun in your face to take your car or your wallet, you don’t have the option of calling 911.”