Police Chief: ‘Armed Citizens Reduce Crime’

Criminals who are thinking of robbing a citizen; they’re less likely to do so if they think they might be armed.” —Detroit Police Chief James Craig


There you have it directly from the man charged with trying to reduce crime in Detroit, Michigan. And as anyone who is breathing air knows, Detroit is going through some very tough times.


I know this confirms what many of you already know and believe.

Still, it’s always important when an individual in the position of Chief Craig comes out and speaks the truth on an issue this critical.


Because I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of uninformed, anti-gun, anti-Second Amendment jerks who constantly bad-mouth responsible gun owners.


This week, in “Detroit police chief gives credit to armed citizens for drop in crime,” The Detroit News reported:

Fed up with crime, some armed Detroiters have developed itchy trigger-fingers — and Police Chief James Craig said lawbreakers are getting the message.


In the latest incident, police say an 88-year-old who was beaten and robbed inside his east side home last week probably thought he was defending himself against attackers when he opened fire Monday on a television news crew.”


Now get this. Even though that 88-year-old man shot at a television news crew — not a criminal trying to break in his home and attack him — Chief Craig (and his assistant chief!) defended him.


In my book, that’s the kind of police chief we need in every community in this country.


According to the report, here’s what Assistant Chief Steve Dolunt said about the incident.


’I think he was traumatized; he got beat up pretty good,’ Dolunt said. ‘When the second reporter went onto his porch, he may have thought she was the woman who had tricked him, and he probably thought he was defending himself.’


Dolunt said police are investigating the matter, and it will be up to prosecutors to decide whether to bring charges.”


Let’s hope the prosecutors have the good sense to leave this 88-year-old man alone. After all, he was in his home.


So do incidents like this reduce crime? Do they deter criminals from breaking into homes and attacking innocent citizens?


Well, here’s more from the report.


The incident was the latest in a string of homeowners opening fire to defend themselves, although after a flurry of such shootings early this year, before Monday there hadn’t been a reported incident since May 4 — an indication that criminals are thinking twice about breaking into people’s houses, Craig said.


Detroit has experienced 37 percent fewer robberies in 2014 than during the same period last year, 22 percent fewer break-ins of businesses and homes, and 30 percent fewer carjackings. Craig attributed the drop to better police work and criminals being reluctant to prey on citizens who may be carrying guns.


’Criminals are getting the message that good Detroiters are armed and will use that weapon,’ said Craig, who has repeatedly said he believes armed citizens deter crime. ‘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.’


’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.”


After quoting several ivory tower types who put forth the usual blather about guns being dangerous, the report checks in with a former criminal. You know, the type of guy with real world experience like the police chief.


Detroit resident Al Woods, a self-described former criminal who is now an anti-violence advocate and author, agreed criminals are thinking twice about attacking citizens.

’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,’ said Woods, 60.”


Finally, let’s hear some more truth from the chief!

Craig said he doesn’t believe gun ownership deters criminals from attacking other criminals. ‘They automatically assume another criminal is carrying,’ he said. ‘I’m talking about criminals who are thinking of robbing a citizen; they’re less likely to do so if they think they might be armed.’”


When I saw this report and what the chief had to say, I knew I had to share it with you. I’ve also sent the link to the report to almost everyone in my personal email address book.



Yours in privacy, Chris Peterson


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  1. john
    3 years ago

    The West Palm Beach Fl. sheriff is a good example of pathetic police work. The only reason he is still in office is because he has friends in high places Want a favor done, see the sheriff. He has the highest budget in the largest county in the state because he provides favors and “goods” for his friends in high places. When he was a police chief of a high crime city, his conviction rate was 19%!!!. That means for every 100 people arrested, 81 of them were set free. He now tells his deputies ” shoot first and ask questions later”. The only story left to tell is the sheriff’s Can’t figure out how he got there or how he manages to get re-elected but that’s politics for you.

  2. Karol
    3 years ago

    I agree with the Police Chief. If more people are armed there will be less crime. Only defenseless people are subject to crime. As for the 88 year old, it is much better for all concerned if you call ahead before dropping by on elderly. They are very easy prey for criminals and realize it. After being attacked once, it stands to reason they will not forget the incident and be extremely nervous about a knock on their door again. Those that are anti-weapons can get over it. There is no law, man made or God given that says any human has to be easy prey for criminals, we are all entitled to protect and defend ourselves any where we are, and especially in our own homes. We have wonderful law enforcement officers, but they can not be in all places, at all times. It simply is not possible for them to protect every citizen in their jurisdiction, therefore, our second Amendment makes it possible that we can protect ourselves until the officers can arrive.

  3. btm1
    3 years ago

    Homes that have signs naming the security company that home owners are paying for undoubtedly cause criminals to skip those houses and go to ones that don’t appear to have alarms. Even a home made “Protected by Smith and Wesson” sign might also work. It is also reasonable that the higher the likelihood that a citizen is armed the less likely a professional criminal will target him or her.

    On the other hand, there are other types of crimes, namely crimes of passion, where it seems just as likely that the number of people shot in disputes increase as the number of ordinary people have easy access to guns. In the Old West, apparently there were many towns where cowboys coming to spend their wages in an evening of revelry were required to leave their weapons with the marshall until they left.

    If gun regulation is to be discussed, we need to be clear about what kinds of crimes gun proliferation will deter and which will have the regrettable opposite effect.

    Personally, I think background checks to see if an individual is on a list of people who shouldn’t have access to guns because of psychological problems would be at best partially effective in preventing massacres of school children or church goers. That is because most psychologists and teachers would be reluctant to put someone’s name on such a list, whether because of uncertainty as to whether or not the person is a real danger to anyone, or because they just don’t want to be identified as the person pitting him or her on the list. A different approach would be for people who are going to sell or gift a gun to someone to make sure the person they want to give the weapon is stable and responsible by talking to people who have intimate knowledge of the person’s personality. For professionals gun dealers, this could take the form of asking for a potential buyer to provide references, perhaps a couple of notarized affidavits.

    I also suspect that a single armed guard at an entry to a facility just makes that guard likely the first person shot by an armed assailant. In addition, calling for police to respond after a killing spree had begun is not an effective plan. A quick police response is a good tactic for preventing the escape of a bank robber, but not for protecting the lives of hostages inside the bank when the police arrive.

    The people on both sides of the issue of gun regulation need to be more specific about the scenarios they envision.

  4. Thomas Kelly
    3 years ago

    I am a veteran. I was in the Air Force. My MOS was 81131, or what is known as a street cop. When I went in the Air Force, I wanted to be a medic (I was trained as a combat medic/disaster first responder when I got out of the service) but the Air Force needed cops, so they insisted. When I found out I had no choice, I decided I would be the best cop I could be and graduated first in my Academy class, receiving the Academy commander’s commendation which was a very big deal! I found the counter-insurgency training the most fun. It included all kinds of neat weapons training. I graduated first in this second aspect of training as well. I had a bright future ahead of my me. Then I totally wrecked one of my knees when receiving further training as a dog handler (K9), and that was it for me. I couldn’t do what they wanted me to do any more. My leg was too unstable. My father raised me and my two brothers with guns. We weren’t hunters since we all were major animal lovers and activists. We had a huge walk in closet in our home,which we turned into a reloading assembly line to re-load .38, .357, 9mm and 45 auto. We all had training and qualified as expert with each of these calibers. This was in California, close to Hollywood. I was staying with a friend in Hollywood in 1992 during the Rodney King verdict riots. I was walking down the street on Hollywood Blvd. to pick up a Numero Uno Pizza which was across the street from Graumann’s Chinese Theater just taking a break from writing as I was penning a novel at the time. I was close to Fredericks of Hollywood, the famous lingerie store when the riots started in Hollywood. It was very chaotic and very violent. But I didn’t really feel afraid, though shops all around me were having bricks thrown through their windows and then looted and burned. The reason I wasn’t afraid was that I had a Charter Arms Bulldog in .44 Caliber in my jacket pocket and I had shot expert in combat pistolcraft with that gun. The riot escalated very quickly, so I did an about-face and hurried back to my apartment. I was eyed by several rioters during that period, but they could read in my eyes that I was armed and would not hesitate to put one of those rabid dogs down were they to make the wrong move toward me. I

  5. Jeff
    2 years ago

    The police cannot protect every citizen in these large cities Im a native Detroiter and its bad out here and the only way is to stop bad is with Good Protection! There is nothing wrong with protecting your family and well being thats common scence not what the crimanals of the world want. We also have to protect and serve our own communities. Thats why he is aCheif he wears the name with Pride he knows how to lead his city,community,family and Police Force. Stand Up!

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