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Police Chief James Craig says Armed Civilians Reduce Crime

January 3, 2014

It had to happen some time.  A police chief from a major US city finally admitted that honest citizens are the solution to violence and not the problem.  That is asking a lot when you consider that police chiefs are political appointments.  The statement is a minor miracle given that most large US cities have a disproportionately high crime rate and the police department uses the crime rate to ask for an ever larger budget.  The time has come, and Detroit Police Chief James Craig said,

if more citizens were armed then criminals would think twice about attacking them.

This is at a time when Detroit police can’t afford the gasoline to patrol the entire city.  Somehow Detroit’s crime rate fell in 2013.


Chief Craig changed his attitude during his long career.  He started on the Detroit PD for 3 years, the Los Angeles PD for 28 years, the Portland Maine PD for 2 years, and the Cincinnati, Ohio PD for 2 years.  He has been the Chief of Police in Detroit for 5 months.  That means the Chief has seen a lot.  He is now on record with qualified approval for citizen self-defense,

“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 CCW permits, 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.”

The street cops knew that guns save lives a long time ago.   Perhaps the political heads of law enforcement agencies are finally catching up with the rank and file.  Welcome, Chief Craig.  It had to start with someone.  I hope Chief Craig isn’t told to change his mind.



3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 3, 2014 12:10 pm

    You need to save every single one of these views and aggregate them into a single blog or book. Interviews would add even more to the weight of law enforcement insights on these and draw others out into the media.


  2. January 3, 2014 12:11 pm

    When an armed citizen is on scene, the law is on scene.


    • January 3, 2014 1:13 pm

      Good comment, John. You’re right. A collection of authoritative support for self-defense would be persuasive.


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