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Old 01-03-2014, 01:07 PM   #1
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Default Detroit police chief: Legal gun owners can deter crime

Huge turn around from the prior chief. Detroit was not known for accepting legal firearm carriers.

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Detroit— If more citizens were armed, criminals would think twice about attacking them, Detroit Police Chief James Craig said Thursday.

Urban police chiefs are typically in favor of gun control or reluctant to discuss the issue, but Craig on Thursday was candid about how he’s changed his mind.

“When we look at the good community members who have concealed weapons permits, the likelihood they’ll shoot is based on a lack of confidence in this Police Department,” Craig said at a press conference at police headquarters, adding that he thinks more Detroit citizens feel safer, thanks in part to a 7 percent drop in violent crime in 2013.

From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140103/METRO01/301030038#ixzz2pLABr5h5
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Old 01-03-2014, 01:12 PM   #2
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Surprised to have someone make coherent statements who would be expected to be part of the machine

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A real breath of fresh air.

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How long do you think it will take for the liberal Detroit politicians to get to him and make him retract his statement? I bet by Wednesday he's back in the news, at the very least, clarifying his statement that what he meant was not what was printed.

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How long do you think it will take for the liberal Detroit politicians to get to him and make him retract his statement? I bet by Wednesday he's back in the news, at the very least, clarifying his statement that what he meant was not what was printed.
I don't know if he will retract his statements or not. Before he came to Detroit he served in upstate NY and Maine. He is also being honest with the people of Detroit. He has less officers every year to control a growing problem. There is so much abandoned property in Detroit entire blocks were razed to drive out the criminal element.
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This is especially nice considering I live a few hours north and often travel into the dirty D for various things. You'd be a fool not to carry in Detroit.

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I don't know if he will retract his statements or not. Before he came to Detroit he served in upstate NY and Maine. He is also being honest with the people of Detroit. He has less officers every year to control a growing problem. There is so much abandoned property in Detroit entire blocks were razed to drive out the criminal element.
No doubt that city needs a complete overhaul. Will be interesting to watch if he can keep a different view on the gun control issue in a major city.
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A Rattle Snake changes his skin 3 times each year. He is till a poisonous snake. Read closely he is suggesting one thing while proposing more stringent gun and people control. He is in favor of enforcing more gun laws and regulating the ownership of semi-auto rifles and large cap Mags. He is proposing rules which would allow him to close gun shops in Detroit.
He knows very well only the well connected in Detroit can get CCW privileges. What is changing? He did not state that he was ready to issue new permits, come on down. The Rattler has just changed his skin. Be careful were you walk.

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it's nice to see a police chief making positive and intelligent statements rather than the usual political statements most do. there is still some hope when we have law enforcement officials who stand up for law abiding gun owners.

small hope, but still some.

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How long do you think it will take for the liberal Detroit politicians to get to him and make him retract his statement? I bet by Wednesday he's back in the news, at the very least, clarifying his statement that what he meant was not what was printed.
The newly elected mayor came from a WRITE IN CAMPAIGN. He has real world business experience and appears to be very conservative. Detroit has some tough problems requiring resolution. Maybe the city will be done with the liberal leadership nonsense for awhile.
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