Detroit Police Chief Credits Armed Citizens for Crime Drop

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.”

Many municipal LEs take the opposite stance — they say that disarming citizens will make their cities safer. Why would Craig, Rivera, and Clark want to acknowledge the effectiveness of personal self-defense knowing media and politicians will viciously criticize them? Let us hear your assessments in the comment section.

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Comments (21)

  1. Look, we can ALL acknowledge that gun LAWS will not keep guns out of the hands of ‘lawbreakers’. PERIOD! Concealed Carry laws, by their very nature, only deal with responsible law abiding citizens! A gang banger CAN’T get a legal concealed carry permit, BUT don’t think for a second that will keep him from carrying a concealed weapon!!! When criminals know that more of their potential victims might be armed, they have to consider whether carjacking, assaulting, robbing, mugging or raping someone is worth playing ‘Russian Roulette’ with their own worthless life. The more that law abiding citizens carry concealed firearms, the worse the odds become for the criminals.

    Many criminals can spot a Police officer from a block away. They will wait until that officer has moved on to commit their crime. It is FAR more difficult for them to determine which private citizens might be carrying a gun, because CCW holders don’t conform to any ‘pattern’. That 80 year old granny, you try to carjack, might just stick her dead husband’s 38 snub nose in your face and pull the trigger!

    The Bottom Line:
    The bad guys will ALWAYS have guns; legal concealed carry for law abiding citizens evens the odds in two ways. First, certain cowardly criminals will be too afraid to risk their lives to commit violent crimes. Second, those who aren’t too afraid will have a lower recidivism rate as, each time they commit another crime, a small percentage of them is ‘permanently removed from the court docket’ by an innocent, gun carrying, law abiding citizen rather than either A) getting away with the crime completely or B) getting arrested, receiving a slap on the wrist, and being released to commit more crimes.

    BTW: both A and B above serve to embolden criminals to commit more crimes, as they come to realize that there are rarely penalties for their actions, even if they get caught. Getting shot or nearly getting shot by an intended victim, however, serves to either end the criminal’s behavior with and ‘acute case of lead poisoning’ or teach the criminal that there IS potentially a price to pay if they continue their lawless and Godless life. It is said that a ‘near death experience’ can change a person’s entire outlook on life!


  2. kiljoy616 – Sorry to bust your socialist bubble but Obama is part of that elite. In fact King Obama is about as elitist as a person can get. It is all the wealthy Elitists on the left that that have the anti gun agenda. The same ones pushing socialist government and new world order. Trust me you won’t get it.

  3. Lol, love that picture of the “White Castle”, but in all seriousness I agree with you. There are far too many things with this government that just do not make sense…especially when the facts are in everybody’s face, yet they choose to ignore them. Liberal/Progressives like obama and what constitutes mostly the democrat party as well as some well known Rinos are pushing more and more towards a socialist society…. a failed form of government, and no one can figure out why.

  4. This article should be on billboards all over the country and mailed to every citizen. A copy of it should be wadded up and shoved up Bloomberg and Biden’s asses as well as several others.

  5. “We cannot be everywhere” – Police Chief James Craig. Finally we have law enforcement professionals such as Chief Craig and Milwaukee Sheriff David Clark acknowledge the fact that once an intruder is in your home or a violent criminal is pointing a gun at you that 911 is virtually useless.

    This is so refreshing when compared to politicians such as Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel who fight against the rights of law abiding citizens to protect themselves and their families with a firearm while running around with a body guard detail of taxpayer funded Chicago police.

    1. Rahm Emmanuel is an ass; always was and always will be. I’m selfish by saying that I am glad he is in Illinois, rather in California; we have enough liberals who demonstrate their mind-boggling anti-gun legislation in Sacramento.

  6. Switzerland. Everyone owns a rifle. Everyone is trained to use the rifle. Lowest crime rate in the world. Enough said. Thanks Chief for your comments!!

    1. Actually Switzerland is a “pure” democracy, with every citizen having one vote and able to propose referendums that are voted on nationally. It also follows a very stringent rule of law. While tax rates and social services are both high, it is not socialist at all.

  7. It’s just common sense that a well armed citizenry will have a positive effect in the reduction of certain crimes. Criminals always go for the easy prey, think about it do they really want to mess with someone who could be potentially armed…or some poor fool living in one of chicagos “gun free zones”? The idea of putting up a sign in an area and thinking gangbangers are going to be deterred has got to be one of the most embarrassing ideas the moronic liberal democrats in chicago politics have come up with yet. It is so stupid it defies an explanation. Law enforcement all over the nation should be advocating for law abiding citizens to exercise their 2nd amendment rights…because it makes their jobs easier. When there is a reduction in certain crimes that leaves more resources and manpower to work on other aspects of law enforcement.

    1. John, I have come to the conclusion that there must be some sort of conspiracy within our government to disarm the citizenry so as to reach some sort of ultimate goal that would eliminate the capitalist system and replace it with Socialism or other liberty-stripping form of government. I can’t think of any other logical reason why Obama and his liberal ilk are behind disarming law-abiding gun owners, especially when the facts have been presented (and ignored) that there is no relation between gun control and a reduction in crime.

      Of course, it may be possible that Obama’s credo of creating a crisis that can be solved only by government has something to do with his administration’s attitude toward us. Either way, King Obama lives not in the White House, but a White Castle with a flag on it.

    2. Sorry to bust your bubble but the Capitalist Elite are the first to want you and I unarmed. So your paranoia is in the wrong place. Those on top who have gamed the system by not paying are not about to really want a class of society who can bust down their doors and hang them. So if you really take the time to think about it Capitalism as it stand in the USA is more and more for a limited part of society and that means they want as much as possible to keep the guns with their sheepdogs.

    3. Uhhh… Kiljoy, the capitalist elite you’re talking about are the liberal rich. They are the same people Smitty is referring to and not the conservative rich who support everybody’s 2nd amendment rights from poor to rich. Liberal rich want to subjugate the masses as you say through regulation, taxation and denial of fundamental rights.

    4. If Capitalism is such an inferior economic system, then please tell us why so many people are breaking down our borders to get into the country? I don’t know what you read, but your reading list is apparently in need of revision. BTW, there are more “Progressive” elites who are in the billionaire ranks than there are “Conservatives.” Conservatives want to see the poor get richer, not the rich get poorer, and I definitely agree with mdg57’s comment below.

  8. What’s even more amazing is the doctor at the clinic in Darby, PA saved the day when he pulled his concealed carry pistol and severely wounded an assailant that had just killed a co-worker and threatened him as well.

    1. But did you read the rest? They may actually charge him because get this only the magical sheepdog security is suppose to carry LOL. Oh yes those magical superheroes will save the day.

      Can’t wait to see the story unfold if they actually charge him with something.

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