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Posted by on Jan 4, 2014 in Crime | 6 comments

Detroit Police Chief James Craig: Good Gun Owners Can Deter Crime, Sounds Like NRA’s Wayne LaPierre

Detroit Police Chief James Craig believes that if more citizens were armed, criminals would think twice before attacking them. He said responsible gun owners would likely deter crime, the Detroit News reports.

During a press conference Thursday at police headquarters, Craig siad, “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.” Sounds like something National Rifle Association executive Wayne LaPierre would say.

Chief Craig was a staunch gun control supporter during his 28-year tenure at the Los Angeles Police Department. That changed when he left California in 2009 and became police chief in Portland, Maine.

He said, “coming from California, 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.” He then added, “I changed my orientation real quick. Maine is one of the safest places in America. Clearly, suspects knew that good Americans were armed.”

As of December, nearly 80,000 concealed carry permits were approved in Wayne County, where Detroit is located, Michigan State Police documents show.

Chief James Craig supports a ban on assault weapons, regulating magazines and ammunition, as well as tighter background checks at gun shows, the Huffington Post reports.  So, do you agree with Chief Craig that more good guys with guns will deter criminals?

This was cross-posted from The Hinterland Gazette.

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  • cjjack

    So, do you agree with Chief Craig that more good guys with guns will deter criminals?

    Detroit is an interesting case study for the idea that guns can deter criminals, because while they’re not “good guys with guns” by any stretch of the imagination, the fact is there are a helluva lot of people in Motown that are armed.

    If a criminal is not deterred by the possibility that they’ll soon encounter another hardened criminal who has no qualms about shooting them, then why would they be deterred by a “good guy” who might hesitate to pull the trigger?

  • sheknows

    So because it’s easier to carry a concealed weapon in Maine, THAT is why it is one of the safest places in America?? It probably has nothing to do with the population…or the major industry, or the lack of drug traffic, or it’s pretty uniform New England based community standard of ethics. People in Maine do hunt…just not each other. Crime is probably deterred there more by lack of interest than fear of getting shot.

    Sure we need more armed citizens on the street of a high crime, high unemployment city known as the drug capitol of the Midwest. Good thinking!

  • JSpencer

    Of course opinions abound, but a few reputable (objective, non-partisan) properly conducted studies would be helpful when discussing this subject.

  • During the Los Angeles riots of 1992 and following the verdict of four police officers accused of beating Rodney King, Korea Town business owners defended a 3 mile square area with armed force (guns), for three days. The police never entered the area as they were defending Rodeo Drive. Good people with guns deter criminals. The police, as wonderful as they can be, are unable to protect everyone.

    I don’t own a gun. I am not sure why. That ’92 experience left an mark on me but I have not “pulled the trigger” on a purchase. I have prepared myself with gun safety classes, range shooting and have waited until my kids left home. I support gun ownership, but like I said, do not own a gun.

  • slamfu

    The District of Columbia has the highest gun murder rate with a mere 3.6%(lowest in the nation) of the population owning guns. However, the 2nd highest gun murder rate is Louisiana, which has a 44% gun ownership rate. At the other end of the spectrum, Hawaii is 48th on the list of gun murders with 6.7% gun ownership, and Vermont is lowest rate of gun murders with 42% gun ownership rate. Conclusion, the number of guns in circulation doesn’t matter. Other factors are the cause.

  • slamfu

    Just an observation. The nationwide homicide rate via firearms is 3.8 per 100,000. We have only had 44 Presidents, 3 of which have died by being shot, making US Presidents statistically one of the if not the most at risk demographic for that type of thing.

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