Detroit police chief James Craig wasn’t always crazy about gun ownership among the citizenry. He was your average gun control proponent when he worked for the LAPD for 28 years. He changed his mind in 2009 when he moved to Maine. Regarding his change of heart, he stated:
“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, and I had a stack of CCW permits I was denying; that was my orientation. I changed my orientation real quick. Maine is one of the safest places in America. Clearly, suspects knew that good Americans were armed.”
Thankfully, he took his newfound orientation to Detroit. Now, that city is experiencing a drop in crime, and he credits gun ownership for it. The Daily Caller reported:
“Criminals are getting the message that good Detroiters are armed and will use that weapon,” said chief James Craig, according to The Detroit News.
“I don’t want to take away from the good work our investigators are doing, but I think part of the drop in crime, and robberies in particular, is because criminals are thinking twice that citizens could be armed.”
According to The Detroit News, there have been 37 percent fewer robberies, 22 percent fewer break-ins and 30 percent fewer carjackings this so far in 2014 compared to the same period last year.
“I can’t say what specific percentage is caused by this, but there’s no question in my mind it has had an effect,” Craig said.
The chief cited fewer stories of Detroit homeowners having to fire weapons at intruders as evidence that criminals are getting the message.
This guy may have been a gun control proponent for a long time, but he was not beholden to that belief. He obviously had an open mind and was willing to change his opinion when he saw evidence of the importance of gun ownership. This is in stark contrast to all those liberal fanatics who cling to their gun control ideology (and religion), regardless of what the evidence shows.