Detroit: 10 DGU Justifiable Homicides So Far In 2014

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2014 is proving to be a good year for Motor City criminals to retire from the home-invasion robbery business. At least ten of them have already permanently moved on after being killed by homeowners defending their homes . . .

Police Chief James Craig called earlier this year for more Detroiters to legally arm themselves, and his department continues to support its citizens’ right of armed self-defense. Sgt. Michael Woody recently told the Detroit Free Press, “We are sick and tired of being victimized by the criminal element in this city. The citizens are protecting their homes and their property and their families, and they are well within their rights to do that.”

Two more robbers inadvertently arrived at their own permanent retirement party on March 25th, when they were interrupted while trying to break into a Detroit home. The homeowner, who has not been named, investigated noises late at night, and found two men outside trying to break into his home. When they tried to jump him, he shot and killed them.


  1. avatar APBTFan says:

    Forced retirement I guess.

  2. avatar disthunder says:

    Its the only outreach program a hood understands: reach in my house, I’ll take you out.

  3. avatar Jon in CO says:

    They were all good kids though, right?

    1. avatar Ing says:

      Every last one of them was in the process of finally getting his life back on track.

      They were enterprising community organizers gathering involuntary donations.

      1. avatar Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:

        Aspiring rappers?

    2. avatar Sammy says:

      Yes, and they have received halos for their deeds.

  4. avatar Paul G. says:

    The problem in Detroit is that bad guys are like Doritos, go ahead and kill them, they’ll make more.

    1. avatar drewtam says:

      My interpretation of crime statistics is that its a surprisingly few number that create a large percentage of the crime.

  5. avatar Vhyrus says:

    considering they had more than 10 murders in the first month of 2014, that isn’t exactly an awe inspiring number.

    1. avatar Hannibal says:

      Rome wasn’t built in a day.

    2. avatar mack says:

      That’s 10 murders being considered justifiable. The number DPD is reporting as homicides YTD is 92 – as of 5/25/14.

  6. avatar DonS says:

    Let’s see… 10 DGUs in Detroit in 1/4 of the year. Detroit’s 2012 population was 701,475. The USA population in 2012 was 313.9 million.

    If Detroit is representative of the country as a whole (of course, it’s not), then that’s 17,899 DGUs per annum in the country, where the DGU results in the death of the bad guy. That’s far more than the number of “gun murders” per year (if the antis are only going to count “justifiable homicide”, then I’m only going to compare justifiable homicide to murder/manslaughter); obviously, guns are more beneficial than harmful.

    1. avatar Braenen says:

      I believe that they count these events as “gun violence”.

  7. avatar Detroiter says:

    Just happy someone in the city has some common sense!

    1. avatar Jus Bill says:

      Yeah, that’s the kind of “common sense gun law” I can get behind.

  8. avatar Dirk Diggler says:

    Word is getting around. My folks in the D say criminals are making people strip when they jack a business (ie, barber shop (cash), corner bar (cash), drug house (cash), etc) to make sure they don’t get smoked on the way out the door with the,yes, the cash.

    They have even robbed tax refund places, which is my many have guards (and at least one has an AR15).

  9. avatar Jus Bill says:

    Baltimore should try this. Oh wait, they would lose too many “community organizers.”

  10. avatar Gregolas says:

    I love stories with happy endings.

  11. avatar BLAMMO says:

    As messed up as Detroit is, their gun laws are generally not as infringing as those in most major US cities. I say, let the experiment continue and let’s see what empirical observations result. Can there be a better Petri dish?

    1. avatar B says:

      Let the city die, along with all the income taxes and debts, and let it be reborn as a limited government haven where people can defend themselves and taxes are as low as the services provided. You know, like Texas. Let people start businesses and get out of the freaking way.

  12. avatar JAS says:

    Confront potentially deadly attacks on your person or property with deadly force. This is an inalienable right. Anyone that stands in the way of this is either a moron or a sissy.

  13. avatar alanhinMN says:

    If Obama had a son…..

    1. avatar Carry.45 says:

      Wouldn’t cha know! That joke finally made it to Minnesota, eh?

  14. avatar John S. says:

    If Detroit is anything like Chicago then that number is going to explode as soon as it gets warm. Might Detroit become the DGU capital of the US?

    1. Detroit isn’t really like Chicago right now. A lot less population density for one. A lot less. And getting less with each DGU.

    2. avatar uncommon_sense says:

      John S.

      I am pretty sure that Detroit has led the nation in justifiable homicidea for the last few years. And this year looks to be on pace to maintain the lead.

      There are a lot of armed good people in Michigan … well over 430,000 residents have concealed carry licenses and countless more practice open carry. Even more interesting, the number of good people in both categories has been steadily increasing for the last 8 years. I wouldn’t be surprise if 1 out of 12 residents will have concealed carry licenses within 5 years. And when you figure that people under the age of 21 are not even eligible, then we would be looking at 1 out of 8 or 9 adults would have concealed carry licenses at that point.

      Try to imagine what happens to violent crime when 1 out of 8 adults has a concealed carry license and actually carries.

      1. avatar JeffO says:

        I grew up in Detroit. My mom is still there, the primary reason I got my CPL.

        These people are regarded as heroes. And you see them at the ranges, practicing. Taking classes.

        Detroit is nowhere near as bad as Chicago, LA, or NYC for violence.

  15. avatar Jake Tallman says:

    Or course, these gangbangers are all “good kids”, so the homeowners are horrible people who have no right to decide who dies. Or something.

    Of course, the antis just ignore anything that doesn’t fit with their ideas.

  16. avatar Tony Preston says:

    The main problem is the local media who put the home invaders parents on the news and they say “Oh he was such a good boy.” And “community organizers” get on the news and call the home owner a vigilante. It’s disgraceful. At least the police are on side of law abiding gun owners.

    1. avatar Malcolm says:

      That has started to change here in the Detroit area too. The media is really starting to get on board with citizens taking back their neighborhoods.

  17. avatar uncommon_sense says:

    Let’s see, the press is reporting 10 justifiable homicides in what is basically the first quarter of 2014. That means the greater Detroit metro area is on pace to tally 40 justifiable homicides for the year.

    But wait, those 10 justifiable homicides in the first quarter happened during the coldest, most brutal winter in something like 50 to 100 years. Given that criminal activity and defensive gun uses decline considerably in extremely cold weather, that strongly suggests the rate of attacks and defensive gun uses is going to increase considerably as the weather warms. Yikes!

    Fortunately, both the police departments and prosecutors are very pro-self defense.

    1. avatar JeffO says:

      Not necessarily true.

      It may be that after 10 DGU the bad guys start getting the hint.

      Only time will tell.

      I used to hate trying to defend Detroit as it was cast as the crumbling city of America. It is experiencing some rebirth, and these stories are bolstered by the media to help that.

      Yes, they do have the family members. But ALL families have a black sheep. Will you give your honest opinions about your black sheep member when the media shoves a mic in your face? So far only one family member (an aunt) has really shown themselves to being totally clueless to the thug life the dead perpetrator lead.

  18. avatar CoolBreeze72 says:

    Motown gets gunned up and takes a bite out of crime. Chicago is gun-free and crime sores. There is hope for Detroit’s come back. Incidentley, this is what the 2A is all about.

  19. avatar Anon in CT says:

    When the city is almost 100% black, there’s no racial angle for the media to play on.

  20. avatar Sledneck27 says:

    How many DGU’s happened where a fatality was not the result? I would think that number would be even higher than ten. Then there are also numbers we’ll never know, unreported DGU’s, and perp’s that were scared off because they thought their target might be armed. This is a very interesting development, and completely shocking to me. I always thought Detroit would eventually become relevant again, but I never thought it would be because of the public exercising its rights. Very cool, let’s pray this continues and Detroit actually becomes a gun rights model for the rest of the country.

  21. avatar cubby123 says:

    Wrong House as the Gunny would say!

  22. avatar TRP says:

    The tide is turning- HOME CARRY

  23. avatar Ardent says:

    With the police and policy makers on board perhaps the media can come about and do something useful for once; If they beat the drum that breaking into someone’s home will get you killed the meme might settle into the culture deeply enough to reduce the number of home invasions.

    Perhaps I’m off the rails but I still see my home as inviolate, my last bastion of defense and freedom, and I believe the appropriate response to attempted forced entry into it is deadly force. What’s disconcerting to me is that anyone disagrees with that position.

  24. avatar whatever says:

    From the article:

    “We’re just tired, basically. … We’re not going to live in fear. People are just doing what they have to do, you know, and just as anybody else, we value our lives, and we’d like to be able to live out our lives in peace,” Williams said.”

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