What happens when the chief law enforcement officer encourages his residents to arm themselves for self defense? There is a decline in violent crime such as homicides.
Save Their Own Butts
It should come as no surprise how this would work. The criminal element becomes aware the citizen population are armed. They think more about their own lives than committing a crime. It is working and a great example is the city of Detroit. In a time when the city was forced to significantly reduce the police departments budget how does one explain a decline in violent crime. It’s really not that hard to figure out, Detroit Police Chief James Craig went on record to encourage his residents to arm themselves. In a city of 700,000 patrolled by 3,000 sworn officers it’s the right thing to do. No doubt he was criticized. I won’t even bother going into some of them, but the central theme was either the average citizen is not qualified or defending against violence should be left to the police. He was even criticized for suggesting vigilantism. Wow, defending your own life is now being defined as vigilantism.
Leading By Example
The real question I want to pose is why has there been an increase in permit requests? It’s not like all of a sudden Detroit became a violent city. Something I think we can all agree on is how Detroit is either damn close if not the murder capital of the world. That couldn’t be the real reason. It has to be something else. The only thing that makes sense is a public figure, the police chief no less actually took a stand and did the right thing.
Detroit Police Chief Craig truly cares for his residents. He recognizes despite the honorable service of all law enforcement officers there is the reality. They cannot be every where all the time. We have all heard the phrase, “when seconds counts the police are minutes away.” It really does put things into perspective. Unless the crime was committed in front of police there will be a response time involved. Even the fastest response time will still be minutes away. At some point you will have to take responsibility for your own personal safety and the safety of your family and loved ones. I have the utmost respect for his decision and believe it was a watershed moment for all of us.
Advocates of Self Protection
We are going to see some very troubled times ahead of us, it will get worse before it gets better. It will mean at times you will be on your own. There will be nobody to hold your hand, at the local, state and federal level. It has happened before and it is only a matter of time before it happens again. My hope is the courageous words from Chief Craig, “We’re advocates of self-protection. We want people to be safe” will echo across the country and more people will become self reliant when it comes to their self protection.
Personal responsibility includes personal safety. It’s a difficult choice, but it is the right choice.