January 3rd, 2014
08:08 PM ET

Detroit police chief: Arming residents will act as a deterrent

A surprising statement on gun violence from the police chief of one of America's most violent cities.

Detroit's top cop James Craig says he thinks more people need guns to keep safe.

"There’s a number of [concealed pistol license, or CPL] holders running around the city of Detroit. I think it's acting as a deterrent. Good Americans with CPLs translates into crime reduction, too," Craig said on WJR Radio's "The Paul W. Smith Show."

So would Detroit and other violence-plagued cities really benefit from more guns?

OutFront: Mike Brooks is an HLN Law Enforcement Analyst and John Lott is the Author of "More Guns, Less Crime."

Filed under: Crime • Gun Control • News
soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. abdusluqman

    I agree with the chief. In my hometown, Camden New Jersey, the amount of gun violence has gripped the city with despair. It's too many bad guys with guns. I agree that the law-abiding residents should arm themselves and be allowed to carry.

    January 4, 2014 at 1:46 pm | Reply
  2. Bill Zimmerly

    Mr. Craig is smart man; letting the DATA lead him to the correct conclusion unlike so many low-information, emotional people. Detroit is lucky to have him.

    January 4, 2014 at 12:51 am | Reply

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