Crimes Dropping Year after Detroit Police Chief Tells Citizens to Arm Themselves

Liberal anti-gun advocates like Barack Obama and Michael Bloomberg would have you believe that the more law abiding people that have guns, the higher the crime rates. They fail to realize that many gun related crimes are committed with illegally obtained and owned firearms, not the legally owned guns by law abiding citizens.

Obama has been trying to push Congress to pass strict gun control laws that will only make it harder for law abiding citizens to purchase and own guns and easier for criminals to use their illegal guns against others. Bloomberg has spent millions of his own money in states like Colorado to help them pass strict anti-gun laws. The only thing his money accomplished was to force firearm companies to move out of state, the Outdoor Channel cancelled 4 programs filmed in Colorado and two state legislators were recalled and lost their jobs. Now Bloomberg has stated that he’s willing to invest $100 million into the campaigns of liberal anti-gun Democrats in 7 states.

So which works? Disarming the arming the people or arming them?

According to Detroit Police Chief James Craig, arming the people is one of the best ways to deter crime.

Last July, Craig was named as the new police chief of one of the most crime infested cities in the nation. Detroit is also experiencing severe financial problems and does not have the money to invest in training and putting more police on the streets. Shortly after taking over the police force in Detroit, Chief Craig told the citizens of Detroit to arm themselves and learn how to use their guns.

There has been a number of Detroit citizens who have applied for and received conceal carry permits, even though Michigan law does allow open carry also. In December, Craig went on a popular Detroit radio show and praised the citizenry of Detroit for arming themselves. He told the people:

“There’s a number of (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.”

A year after Craig began telling Detroit citizens to arm themselves, the city is reporting a reduction in robberies of 37% over the same time period as last year. Break-ins have decreased by 22% and there’s been a 30% drop in carjackings.

Whether the reduction of crime is due solely to people arming themselves is hard to say, but you can’t argue the results. One Detroit citizen, Al Woods admits that he is a reformed criminal told the local paper:

“If I was out there now robbing people these days, knowing there are a lot more people with guns, I know I’d have to rethink my game plan.”

I know there are the naysayers on the subject, so for them I ask them to consider the fact that some of the highest crime and murder rates occur in cities with the strictest gun control laws in the nation. What good does it do a person to have to keep their guns unloaded and locked in a gun safe when someone breaks into their home? Are they supposed to ask the intruder to wait while they unlock their gun safe and load their gun?

The more home owners there are that start shooting intruders, the less apt criminals are going to be to break into homes. The rate in Detroit has already seen a significant decrease and other cities like Washington DC need to wake up to the facts and let people start arming themselves.