It’s amazing what a little evidence and logic will do over time. Luckily for the people of Detroit, their police chief has shown enough intellectual honesty to change his mind on the issue of gun control.
During a press conference on Thursday where he touted Detroit’s falling violent crime rate, police chief James Craig had an unorthodox description of an armed citizenry, as compared to the way most big city gun control advocates describe law-abiding gun owners:
“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.”
This is quite remarkable in-and-of-itself. This Detroit police chief just uttered a phrase that shows more willingness to take accountability, regardless of what one thinks about gun laws, than the Commander-in-Chief did in his entire five years in office.
Craig went on to explain how his contrasting experiences working in California and Maine helped change his mind on concealed carry permits. While it’s nearly impossibly to receive a permit in California, where crime is high, he admitted that gun crime is low in Maine partly because of the preponderance of gun owners.
“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.”
Even though he has called for banning assault weapons on the past, along with other gun control measures, at least he’s willing to admit that more guns would deter criminals.
One such example presented itself last month when a shopkeeper in Chicago shot and killed a man who was attempting to rob him at gunpoint. Even though he had been convicted in the past of the same crime, city officials were more interested in taking away the gun from the shopkeeper than in finding out why the criminal had been paroled early.
Fox News also points out that while violent crime in Detroit has dropped by 7 percent, the homicide rate is still precipitously high for a city with such a low population. Maybe if more law-abiding citizens took Craig’s advice, we’d see an even greater drop in crime.
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