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Detroit Police Chief - Armed Citizens Deter Crime

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.


Progressives Work Overtime to Deny Second Amendment Civil Rights

The Chicago Tribune reports that Illinois concealed carry applicants who were denied permits by a special review board before this week, when the Illinois State Police changed the rules governing the board’s procedures, are not guaranteed to benefit from the new rules, a state police spokeswoman said Tuesday.

Under the new system, the board, which had previously operated in secret, must notify an applicant if a law enforcement agency lodges a credible objection to his or her application and must give the applicant 10 days to rebut the objection.

Former Air Force reservist Michael Thomas says he doesn’t know why a special review board denied his application for a concealed carry license

But for the more than 800 applicants who have already been denied, only those who took the matter to court will have the opportunity to make their case to the board, said State Police spokeswoman Monique Bond. And they’ll first need to have a judge send the case back to the board, Bond said.

The previous system sparked more than 200 lawsuits from applicants who wanted to know why they were denied — information that was kept secret under the old system – and the issue was detailed in a report by the Tribune. The lawsuits prompted the State Police to change the rules, Bond said.

But for those with pending lawsuits, the board and the Attorney General’s office “are determining, on a case-by-case basis, whether to litigate those cases or to ask the court to remand the cases for consideration under the new emergency rules,” Bond said in an email to the Tribune.

If a judge sends a case back to the board, the new rules will apply when the board reconsiders any objections to the application, Bond said.

The new rules, put in place as emergency amendments, are only good for 150 days. A committee within the General Assembly will have to approve the rules in order for them to become permanent, Bond said. 


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Take A Gun Grabber to the Range

The two favorite arguments for more federal gun control from the gun grabbers:

“We need tougher gun laws because mass shootings are an epidemic in this country.”

“I’m pro-gun control because more guns creates more crime.”

Fact: Actually no, they’re not. According to criminologist James Alan fox of Northeastern University in Boston, mass shootings have remained constant since 1976, with an average of 20 per year.

Fact: FBI crime statics over the past two decades show that violent crime (including gun crime), property crime and the homicide rate (including the gun-related homicide rate) have all uniformly decreased while during that same time period gun sales have skyrocketed and permissive concealed carry laws have expanded to all 50 states.

In other words, it’s clear that more guns do not have a positive effect on crime rates, in fact, if anything, more guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens has the capacity to decrease violent crime, property crime and the homicide rate.

Ignorance about and inexperience with firearms are really the biggest reasons why people support gun control. They’ve never fired a gun, they’ve never been to a range, they know very little about them other than what they see in movies and on the front pages of their local newspaper. Consequently, they buy into the negative stereotype and in many cases become fearful of firearms.

The gun banners need to be aware of the facts, as noted above, but they also need to discover for themselves the positive aspects of keeping and bearing arms. For one thing, shooting in and of itself is a fun activity. It’s exhilarating and can even be a stress reliever. Then there’s the very convincing argument that owning a firearm is the optimal way to defend oneself, family and property, to say nothing of the other bonuses like hunting and shooting sports.

But given some quality range time, with some insightful instructions on stance, grip, sight alignment, target acquisition, trigger manipulation, it doesn’t take long for one to get bitten by the gun bug.

The other reason I invite anti-gunners to the range is because it reveals a lot about their character. Those who refuse the invite for no legitimate reason show that they are deeply driven by an agenda or by an ideology as opposed to the pursuit of real knowledge, that is, the knowledge that’s required to make an informed judgment about a Constitutionally guaranteed civil right.


Maryland More like Canadian Province than U.S. State

I’m sorry to say that I lived in Maryland in the late 70’s. While working for the Uniformed Secret Service, I was a part time student at the University of Maryland, College Park. I am happy to say, I only took a few classes there and instead went back to Georgia to complete my education, earning a couple of degrees in Criminal Justice from Armstrong Atlantic State University.

Maryland is more like a Canadian Provence than a U.S. state. This story tells you everything you need to know about Maryland.

An Ikea employee stopped a Chief of Police who was IN UNIFORM, and told the Chief that guns weren’t allowed in the business and asked him to put his service weapon in his car.

Chief Alan Goldberg is from Takoma Park, Maryland, which is notoriously liberal but even they aren’t left enough to ask their cops to go unarmed. But here you have the Chief of Police, in uniform, going into the Ikea in a nearby municipality (College Park) and Ikea has a Gun Free policy. The sign on the entry door says “Weapons Free Environment.” A loss prevention rent-a-cop approached the Chief and told him he’d have to disarm himself to shop in Ikea. The Chief was in FULL uniform.

After the story made local print and broadcast news, Ikea’s home office released this apology:

“We regret that there was a misunderstanding of our weapon policy in our College Park Store. Our weapon policy does not apply to law enforcement officers. We are taking steps to ensure that this is clear for all our co-workers.”

This is reminds me of the Denny’s that asked several plain-clothes detectives, who were on duty, to leave because the site of their guns was bothering other customers.

Guns save lives. Liberal fascist policies kill innocent people.