Detroit chief: More citizens should be armed
James Craig said time spent in LA and Maine where gun permits are more easily obtained made him realize that is why they are safer
DETROIT — Detroit’s police chief has a solution to help drive down crime in one of the nation’s most dangerous cities: arm more citizens.
James Craig made the comments at a police press conference Thursday, when he announced a 7 percent drop in violent crime in 2013, The Detroit News reported. Although urban police typically favor gun control, Craig said his views evolved after working in Los Angeles and Maine, where concealed weapons permits are more easily obtained.
“I changed my orientation real quick,” Craig said. “Maine is one of the safest places in America. Clearly, suspects knew that good Americans were armed.”
Thursday’s comments echo statements Craig has made in the past, including those he made last month, when he said responsible citizens who carry concealed pistol licenses “translates into crime reduction.”
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