Time is up for criminals in Detroit.

A more terrifying crime fighter than any police force or superhero has begun to show it’s face

After decades of decline and lawlessness, armed citizens are now sending a new kind of message–in lead.

With police response times increasing to the point of futility, citizens are learning that law enforcement can no longer be relied upon for the responsibility of their personal protection, and taking appropriate measures.

The Last Few Weeks in Detroit’s Defensive Shootings

In just the past few weeks, there have been a handful of defensive shootings in Detroit.

  • March 6th, 2 burglars were shot at by a homeowner after they broke a window and were attempting to enter. One of the intruders was hit and died trying to flee the scene. The second man was able to run away before being shot. Full story here.
  • Feb. 28th, A woman in her 50’s shot and killed a man trying to break into her home in the 22000 block of Grove Street. She heard noises at her rear window, and shot the intruder in the chest.
  • On Feb. 22, two home invaders were shot breaking into a house on the city’s southwest side; the homeowner shot both men. A 21-year-old man died and the other man escaped.
  • Earlier on Feb. 22, (at 12:30 a.m.), a woman who was surprised by a gunman when she pulled her car into the garage, was able to reach for her own gun, and fatally shoot the man.
  • Feb. 17th, in an incident that made national headlines, a woman opened fire on three teens who kicked in her door. The alleged intruders, ages 14, 14 and 15, were caught by police, and face home invasion charges.

Detroit Defensive Shooting Armed Citizen

Detroit Police Chief Responds

Perhaps the most surprising thing of all, is that Detroit’s Police Chief, Officer James Craig, is in full support of his citizens being responsibly armed to defend themselves.

Officer Craig was on the Los Angeles Police Department for 28 years, and initially against personal firearms. But after moving from Los Angeles to Maine, he was able to clearly see the resulting safety when citizens are allowed to own guns and defend themselves.

Now on the Detroit P.D., he has restated where he stands.

In a recent press conference he said:

“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.

“Coming from California (Craig was on the Los Angeles police force for 28 years), where it takes an act of Congress to get a concealed weapon permit, I got to Maine, where they give out lots of CCWs (carrying concealed weapon permits), and I had a stack of CCW permits I was denying; that was my orientation.

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

God bless Officer Craig for supporting and encouraging armed citizens in taking personal responsibility for their own safety.

Detroit Reconstruction

It’s clear that for a city the size of Detroit to ever begin to rebuild, it will take a unified effort from all parties. No longer is some unilateral government “program” going to fix everything (as if there were even money for this to be an option).

It will take engaged residents, business owners, and support from the private and non-profit sectors, both locally and from around the country.

Armed citizens, engaged in lawful self defense, play a small but CRITICAL role in this equation.

Each defensive shooting reinforces yet again the message that there are consequences for crime, whether the police are there or not.