Detroit Police Chief James Craig dropped a bomb on the smug and cozy world of gun-control advocates last week, when he said publicly what the statistics and sociologists have been saying for years: more guns equals less crime. To be specific, law-abiding concealed carry deters crime. Chief Craig has a long way to go to win an NRA endorsement as LEO Of The Year, but this is a giant step in the right direction . . .
From our experience with New York, Chicago and other hellholes of crime and corruption, we’ve come to expect big-city police chiefs to be among the most enthusiastic infringers of the 2nd Amendment anywhere. Chief Craig started his career in Motor City in the 1970s with a dim view of private firearm ownership, but he experienced a conversion on the road to Damascus, er, Detroit, when he worked in Maine.
Concealed carry was commonplace there, and Chief Craig came to understand that law-abiding citizens with guns are part of the solution instead of part of the problem. “I changed my orientation real quick,” he said. “Maine is one of the safest places in America. Clearly, [criminal] suspects knew that good Americans were armed.”
But before we invite Chief Craig to give the keynote address to the Second Amendment Foundation banquet, it’s worth remembering that he has called for tighter background checks, restrictions on normal-capacity magazines, and a ban on whatever the hell ‘assault weapons’ are.
As wrong as he is on those issues, that’s no reason not to take advantage of this (almost completely unexpected) endorsement of an armed citizenry. If the Chief is amenable to facts and reason in the CCW debate, he may someday prove likewise educable when it comes to magazine capacity and scary-looking rifles.
And until then, Detroiters, it’s time to tool up.
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