Detroit Police Chief calls for more armed citizens Keith Farrell January 3, 2014 Right to Bear Arms 1043 Share2K +13 Tweet27 Pin2 Share Share Reddit Stumble39 EmailShares 2K Detroit’s Chief of Police James Craig Detroit’s police chief has caused a stir by calling for private citizens to be armed. Chief James Craig stated on Thursday that armed citizens deter crime and called for more law-abiding citizens to exercise their Second Amendment Rights. Saddled with debt, poverty, and high crime rates, Detroit is a city on the verge of collapse. As its population continues its sharp decline, capital is also drained from the city. Last year it became the first major US municipality to declare bankruptcy. As poverty increases, crime inevitably rises. Follow TLR on Google+ In 2012, the local police union warned against visitors to the Motor City, saying Detroit was “War-Like.” The Detroit Police Officers Association warned to enter the city “at your own risk,” and that the police were badly understaffed. DPOA Attorney Donato Iorio said in regards to short staffing that “police officers can’t protect you if they’re not there.” Chief Craig’s assertion that concealed weapons carried by lawful citizens reduces crime puts him at odds with most major city police departments in the country. It was Craig’s previous service as police chief in Maine which he says changed his perspective. “I changed my orientation real quick. Maine is one of the safest places in America. Clearly, suspects knew that good Americans were armed.” Gun Control advocates were not without rebuke over Craig’s statements. The Director of the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence Robyn Thomas in San Francisco stated that “the more guns in any situation, the higher the likelihood of them harming either the owner, or people who have access to them.” While Thomas’s remarks echo typical liberal talking points on gun control, the city of Detroit has seen 73 justifiable homicides since 2011. Most of the incidents are citizens using firearms to defend themselves from crimes. That 73 people who, in a city where the police warn they cannot protect you, are likely alive today because they had the ability to defend themselves. Share2K +13 Tweet27 Pin2 Share Share Reddit Stumble39 EmailShares 2K Detroitgun controlSecond AmendmentRon Paul: Opt out of Obamacare, Let It Self-Destruct (VIDEO)Therapist Caught On Camera Abusing Autistic Child (VIDEO)About The AuthorKeith FarrellEditor Keith Farrell is the Editor-in-Chief of The Libertarian Republic, a professional political commentator, journalist, and forthcoming author. He has been published internationally, including many popular right wing sites. As a researcher, Keith has worked with Steve Forbes on his latest book, and contributed educational funding research to The Yankee Institute of Public Policy. Keith is also founder of Spirits of '76, a non profit organization which has clothed and fed thousands of people in need in CT and RI. 2 Responses Pat Enery January 4, 2014 For once, a public official that CARES about his constituents. Are you watching Bloomberg & Emanuel? There are still real Americans here. Edwood79 January 5, 2014 Gun Control advocates were not without rebuke over Craig’s statements. The Director of the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence Robyn Thomas in San Francisco stated that “the more guns in any situation, the higher the likelihood of them harming either the owner, or people who have access to them.” What bullshit. Show of Force almost always reduces chance of violence. Robyn Thomas needs to take some classes and get up to speed.