|Detroit Police Chief James Craig|
Detroit Police Chief James Craig gained a rather unusual ally when he encouraged homeowners to arm themselves as a way of guarding against crime. The comments earned Craig much esteem by gun rights advocates and even got him on the cover of the National Rifle Association’s magazine.
In the article titled “A Show of Courage in Detroit” Craig explains why he supports homeowners arming themselves and what impact it has had on the city. The Detroit Free Press reports that Craig credited declining crime rates with citizens arming themselves.
“This is not about inciting vigilantism, because in my view when you talk about vigilantism, you’re talking about someone who has made a decision to do law enforcement’s job — go out and enforce the law,” Craig is quoted as saying in the NRA article. “This is not that at all. This is about self-defense, protection, an imminent threat to life, very different response.”
Chief Craig told a crowd last year that he was almost carjacked while driving a police car.
Appearing at an anti-carjacking event, Craig admitted that he’d almost been carjacked while driving a police car with lights.
“There are certain cars each suspect tends to (be attracted) to, and I guess they liked my police car — a police car with lights,” Craig said, according to The Detroit News. “And one suspect jumped out and began running toward the passenger side of my vehicle … As soon as I saw the suspect running to my car, I accelerated out of harm’s way.”
35 And he said unto them, When I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye any thing? And they said, Nothing.
36 Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.
37 For I say unto you, that this that is written must yet be accomplished in me, And he was reckoned among the transgressors: for the things concerning me have an end.
38 And they said, Lord, behold, here are two swords. And he said unto them, It is enough.
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6 Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil in a city, and the LORD hath not done it?