Detroit police chief: "There's no question" that armed citizens are helping to reduce crime in our city

Via Bob Owens at Bearing Arms, a leftover from yesterday that shouldn’t be missed. Detroit PD chief James Craig has spent the past six months encouraging locals to arm themselves, an unusual — and politically perilous — position for a big city police officer to take.

No regrets.

Detroit has experienced 37 percent fewer robberies in 2014 than during the same period last year, 22 percent fewer break-ins of businesses and homes, and 30 percent fewer carjackings. Craig attributed the drop to better police work and criminals being reluctant to prey on citizens who may be carrying guns.

“Criminals are getting the message that good Detroiters are armed and will use that weapon,” said Craig, who has repeatedly said he believes armed citizens deter crime. “I don’t want to take away from the good work our investigators are doing, but I think part of the drop in crime, and robberies in particular, is because criminals are thinking twice that citizens could be armed.

“I can’t say what specific percentage is caused by this, but there’s no question in my mind it has had an effect,” Craig said.

I’ve seen local news clips of Craig talking about concealed carry and crime rates, but offhand I can’t recall seeing a single national news interview with him. That’s curious, as his views on this are provocative and Detroit’s bankruptcy, deterioration, and maybe kinda sorta revival are evergreen subjects of media interest. Maybe I just don’t watch enough TV.

Speaking of local news clips, here’s a reminder that no policy is perfect.