More guns, less crime, says Detroit police chief

Bad guys think twice: Would it work in OP?

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By Jim Bowman


He's quite explicit:

Statistics show that Detroit, Michigan is seeing a drop with regards to certain types of robberies, and the city's top cop attributes that new trend to the Motown residents who are taking up arms.

The strength of the Detroit Police Department is only a fraction of what it was a decade ago, and high crime rates remain a very real problem in the Motor City. Nevertheless, Police Chief James Craig now says that would-be lawbreakers are becoming increasingly hesitant to commit crimes, and a well-armed citizenry is what he thinks is responsible.

Makes sense that it would work that way.

How much are robberies down? How much burglaries?

On Thursday this week, the Detroit News reported that robberies in the first half of 2014 are down 37 percent compared to statistics from the same time last year, and homes and businesses have experienced 22 percent fewer break ins.

Very delicate matter here, but might not the opposite be true? Oak Park anti-gun to its tippy toes, bad guys know not to worry? Fewer no-guns-here signs, less crime?

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The Referee  

Posted: July 18th, 2014 2:52 PM

Oops, forgot to say... the advice was "arm yourselves"

The Referee  

Posted: July 18th, 2014 2:47 PM

This is not something new. Many areas around the country have been given the same advice by their police and/or judges when the number of police cannot adequately protect the citizens. Detroit, Milwaukee, Miami-Dade, Fort Hancock TX, Spartanburg County SC, Vance County NC, Pima County AZ, Ashtabula County OH, etc. Different locales, same advice.

Brian Slowiak from Westchester  

Posted: July 18th, 2014 2:15 PM

I saw this in todays Chicago Tribune, the news section,9 shoot in the city. The comments section by peytonthecat showed the same statements and referenced Hope I got the http correct. You can double check the tribune article.

Friar Tuck from OP  

Posted: July 18th, 2014 2:01 PM

Of course Detroit is seeing these results, and of course it makes perfect sense. Facts and logic are irrefutable. Unfortunately, when one side of the discussion thinks (my side), and the other emotes (the gun grabber side), consensus becomes very challenging. Until the other side uses their heads, not just their hearts, they simply won't get it.

Bridgett from Oak Park  

Posted: July 18th, 2014 1:29 PM

I'm not a gun enthusiast in the least. And yet I do think these "no guns" signs do send an unintended message. It would be interesting to have some "Guns welcome" signs to counter them. :-)

Ray Simpson from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: July 18th, 2014 12:32 PM

I saw an interview with Chief Craig. He is black and a reformed gun grabber - there is hope!

Uncommon Sense  

Posted: July 18th, 2014 12:08 PM

Jim, the results aren't surprising. This is just basic logic and common sense. The mere threat that someone MIGHT be armed is all it takes to make most criminals think twice. Nothing is more frightening to a burglar than the sound of a shotgun being racked. Oak Park should put up "guns welcome" signs and watch crime fall overnight.

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