August 17, 2014 12:56 pm -

I’m all for self-protection but when a police chief throws his arms in the air, and advises citizens to purchase firearms in Detroit, it’s not a good sign. Police Chief James Craig did just that in the “Stand Your Ground” state of Michigan.



The Guardian reports:

Detroit police chief James Craig – nicknamed “Hollywood” for his years spent in the LAPD and his seeming love of being in front of the camera – has repeatedly called on “good” and “law-abiding” Detroiters to arm themselves against criminals in the city.

His words have not fallen on deaf ears.

Patricia Champion, a 63-year-old lifelong Detroiter, a grandmother and retired educator, decided to get her concealed pistol license — a CPL — two years ago after her son said he was increasingly worried for her safety. Champion, a resident of northwest Detroit, mostly keeps her gun, a 9mm Glock 19 that set her back $600, in her house.

“That’s why I got it: because I’m going to be in the house. Now, if somebody chooses to come in and I didn’t invite you, between the Glock and the dog, you’re gone. If one doesn’t get you, the other one will.”

“The police are not going to protect you when something is being perpetrated on you. They may turn up after the fact and run after that person, but you have to protect yourself,” Champion says.

[su_r_sky_ad]Champion’s fears of facing a threat in her home are not ill-founded. Besides having the worst homicide rate among large American cities, Detroit experienced 12,935 burglaries last year. With around 250,000 households, that means Detroiters have roughly a 1 in 20 chance of being burgled. To residents who have been victims of crime, being allowed to carry a weapon, whether openly or concealed, is not just reassuring, it’s part of the pragmatic reality of living in the Motor City. Wayne County, which encapsulates Detroit and its metro area, counted 83,950 active concealed-pistol permits as of 1 August 2014 – meaning one permit for every 21 households.

The city, strapped for cash, has only 2,300 police officers – unchanged from a year ago, before the bankruptcy, but still not enough. Many Detroiters feel they have to rely on themselves first for their own security and survival.

Because what America needs is more guns:

For Rick Ector, a Detroit-based NRA firearms instructor and former Chrysler systems analyst, it is quite simple: “You are your own first line of defense.”

This announcement was made by Crag which coincides with Ferguson, Missouri a city besieged with racial tension. I foresee a lot of “accidental” shootings in the near future.

H/T: The awesomeness of @KnittingKnots with thanks.

Image: AP

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

31 responses to Police Chief Advises Residents Of Detroit To Buy Guns

  1. NW10 August 17th, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    Time for a black Open Carry group: Open Carry Detroit. I’m sure the NRA will be welcoming them with open arms.

    • Red Eye Robot August 17th, 2014 at 3:12 pm

      I’m in the NRA and have lived in Detroit for 48 years. I welcome them with open arms

      • KABoink_after_wingnut_hacker August 17th, 2014 at 5:13 pm

        Guns solve every problem just like a 1940’s John Wayne movie.
        Only fools believe nonsense, but carry on.

        • Red Eye Robot August 17th, 2014 at 5:24 pm

          Who argued guns solve every problem? Oh wait, NOBODY thanks for your straw man input and for proving you are what you despise

          • KABoink_after_wingnut_hacker August 17th, 2014 at 5:26 pm

            Aaahh….the Police Chief of Detroit perhaps?

          • bahlers August 17th, 2014 at 5:30 pm

            Really? I didn’t see anyone in the above post claim that guns solve every problem.

          • raincheck August 17th, 2014 at 7:03 pm

            No one asked you…

          • bahlers August 17th, 2014 at 7:05 pm

            By your same precedent, no one asked for you to speak either

          • raincheck August 17th, 2014 at 7:09 pm

            hahahahaha Just having a little fun

          • Red Eye Robot August 17th, 2014 at 5:37 pm

            Perhaps you could provide the actual quote?

          • raincheck August 17th, 2014 at 7:09 pm

            I believe he was referring to HOW the Police Chief and his Department seem to handle their problems… no problem too small that a gun can’t handle, seems to be their way of dealing with… WELL….anything … Just a guess

          • Red Eye Robot August 17th, 2014 at 9:17 pm

            Perhaps a quote from Chief Craig regarding your “No problem too small” Contention to back that up? Maybe a statistic? Maybe you see home invasions and car jackings as small problems. But the fact remains, NOBODY said, suggested or implied what you claim.

    • Bob Cronos August 17th, 2014 at 4:07 pm

      Why do you bring skin color into it? What does that have to do with anything?

      • KABoink_after_wingnut_hacker August 17th, 2014 at 5:11 pm

        I think it’s because of the white, bigoted redneck hillbillies who think they can carry assault weapons everywhere any time.
        And when a black guy (a father) picks up a BB gun in the toy department of Wallmart…..he gets shot dead by cops.
        There’s an obvious problem here and if you’re too divorced from reality to recognize it, then you should just STFU and sit down.

      • raincheck August 17th, 2014 at 7:13 pm

        Isn’t it obvious?

      • CanterburyTom August 17th, 2014 at 10:21 pm

        Democrats don’t believe Blacks should be afforded 2nd amendment rights. Just look at cities run by Democrats with large Black populations, “no gun” laws. Blacks in conservative cities can carry guns, if they choose. I give this Sheriff credit for swimming against tide.

        • NativeSonKY August 17th, 2014 at 11:51 pm

          You’re a f’ing LOON if you believe that horsemuck! Believe me, I live in a very small Democratic-led town in Kentucky, and if you think the Democrats are any less armed than the conservatives, I suggest coming down this way and seeing how well armed we are. I can’t believe idiots still make blanket statements like this, but this ain’t FauxNoise, and you won’t get away with it here. Peace (through strength!)

          • CanterburyTom August 18th, 2014 at 1:22 am

            You won’t be armed for long half-wit, if you keep voting Democrat. Your very small KY Democrat-led town, is gnat on the arse of Democrat Federal Government which will relieve you of your arms.. Keep it up goober, the Democrats still need useful-idiots.

          • NativeSonKY August 18th, 2014 at 2:23 am

            Did your mother have any children who weren’t developmentally challenged? You’re the useful idiot to the Rethug Nazi Party. ESAD.

          • CanterburyTom August 18th, 2014 at 7:45 am

            Stick with the Democrats, you fit right in. No justice no peace.

          • raincheck August 18th, 2014 at 6:24 am

            It’s just your imagination making you think like that.. I used to belong to the NRA. Every time a Democrat got into office, the NRA would send out news letters, telling members, their guns will be taken (like when Obama took office) and every time without fail you idiots would go out and buy all the guns you could afford… out of fear. There’s nothing gun manufacturers love more than a Democrat being elected.. it’s good for business. I keep voting Democrat, and I’m still armed

          • CanterburyTom August 18th, 2014 at 7:46 am

            Your local Democrats support your national Democrats and your national Democrats are Anti-Gun on every level. Sadly, that’s a fact you can’t comprehend.

          • CanterburyTom August 18th, 2014 at 7:49 am

            Really, read about Berreta moving out of the Maryland; you are clueless until the Party of Special Rights comes your way.

        • raincheck August 18th, 2014 at 6:27 am

          “I give this Sheriff credit for swimming against tide.” … they should have flushed twice.

          • CanterburyTom August 18th, 2014 at 7:53 am


          • raincheck August 18th, 2014 at 10:49 am

            hahahaha how is that “racist”?

          • CanterburyTom August 18th, 2014 at 12:40 pm

            It’s sarcasm. Just thought I’d try out what “libs” do all the time; when it suits their needs.

          • raincheck August 18th, 2014 at 12:50 pm

            Did it “suit your need”?

  2. uzza August 17th, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    Remind me again why “our” government shelled out 80 billion $ to save GM?

  3. madashellnow August 17th, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    And the problem is? He’s being very reasonable…unless you have something against the Second Amendment.

    • uzza August 17th, 2014 at 7:45 pm

      The problem is the US has the capacity to be a lot better country than Somalia.