Chief tells citizens to arm themselves E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

An increasing number of law enforcement leaders are suggesting that cops can’t really be there when needed and everyone should carry firearms. While the most vocal proponents of no-restriction carry policies are county sheriffs, some big city chiefs are also advising the public to arm themselves instead of waiting for police to help them. The latest law enforcement figure to get in on the act is Detroit Police Chief James Craig.

Craig says that his experiences in Maine and Los Angeles brought him to the conclusion that those places have less crime because it’s easier for residents to obtain gun permits.

Craig made the comments at a police press conference where he touted a seven percent drop in violent crime in 2013 according to The Detroit News.

While many big-city chiefs are known for views that critics describe as “anti-gun” and support some restrictions in terms of access to firearms Craig is going the other way.

Craig said he once supported some gun control measures but that his experiences working in Los Angeles and Maine where concealed weapons permits are more easily obtained he changed his mind.

Chief Craig spoke out about the need for citizens to be armed while giving a press conference on Operation Mistletoe- an enforcement action targeting drug dealers on Detroit's west side.

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

Craig has made similar contentions in the past.

Recently he told reporters that responsible citizens who carry concealed pistol licenses “translates into crime reduction.”

That’s good for Detroit because if Rick Snyder and his enforcer Kevyn Orr continue to have their way, it’s likely that finding a cop in Detroit, if they still have a police department, will be harder than ever in a matter of years if not months.

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