[VIDEO] Detroit Police Chief Calls for More Armed Citizens as a Deterrent to Crime

Detroit police chief advocates for citizens to arm themselves to deter crime

“Good Americans with CPLs translates into crime reduction.”

After hearing the anti-gun views of police chiefs like Chicago’s Garry McCarthy, it seems a bit out of place to hear Detroit’s police chief speak with such support of 2nd amendment values.  Watch video of the comments he made below.

Chief James Craig stated on Thursday that armed citizens deter crime and called for more law-abiding citizens to exercise their Second Amendment Rights.

Any common sense gun owner already knows that law abiding gun carriers both reduce and deter crime, but it seems that Chief Craig is in agreement in this area.

According to Guns.com:

“There’s a number of CPL holders running around the city of Detroit. I think it acts as a deterrent,” explained Craig, who appeared on the show on Dec. 19. “Good Americans with CPLs translates into crime reduction. I learned that real quick in the state of Maine.”

Before taking the job in Detroit, Craig worked on the Los Angeles police force for 28 years as well as in Portland, Maine, where he was also the chief of police.

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At a recent press conference, Craig doubled down on his pro-concealed carry stance and discussed what led him to embrace this position.

“Coming from California where it takes an act of Congress to get a concealed weapon permit, I got to Maine, where they give out lots of CCWs, and I had a stack of CCW permits I was denying; that was my orientation,” said Craig at a press conference on Thursday, where he noted that the city has witnessed a 7 percent drop in overall violent crime in 2013.

“I changed my orientation real quick,” he continued. “Maine is one of the safest places in America. Clearly, suspects knew that good Americans were armed.”

Despite the fact that Chief Craig is not 100% pro-gun and supports a ban on so-called “assault weapons” and strict regulation on high capacity magazines, it’s good to give credit where credit is due.  And the stance Craig has taken on this issue makes him very unpopular in a gun-control-happy arena.

Watch the VIDEO below to see the comments Craig made.  Fast forward to around 26:25 to watch comments pertinent to this article.

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