Is Detroit Less Likely To Be Targeted by Terrorists?

Is Detroit Less Likely To Be Targeted by Terrorists?

Were you glued to the TV after the terrorists attacks in Paris?

Did the attacks in Paris leave you wondering about your family’s safety?

When the attacks happened in Paris, our hearts broke. Too many innocent people lost their lives that day. During the days following, Americans everywhere were glued to the TV, watching, wondering how something like this could happen, and how safe is my family?

This week, The Detroit News released an article of Detroit’s Chief of Police James Craig saying that he believes “violent extremists would be reluctant to target Detroit, as they had Paris last month, for fear armed citizens would shoot back.”

Craig’s Support of the Second Amendment

This isn’t the first time Craig has spoken out about his support of the second amendment. In fact, Craig made national headlines everywhere when his face graced the cover of America’s 1st Freedom with a quote saying,

“We’re not advocating for violence. We’re advocating for not being victims.”

The Washington Times reported Craig saying that more armed citizens would help to decrease the amount of crime in the city of Detroit. In 2014, it was reported that Craig attributed the 37% decrease in robberies to more armed Detroiters.

Detroit Guns

The following was also reported by The Detroit News about guns in the Detroit last year,

  • 1,169 handgun permits were issued
  • 8,000 guns were registered with the Police Departments
  • Over 30,000 resident in Detroit are legally armed

Statewide there were more than 115,000 gun permits issued.

In 2013, 6,974 concealed-pistol licenses were issued.

Terrorists and Gun-Toting Thugs

According to Craig, the same rules apply the terrorists as the “gun-toting thug.”

The Detroit News quoted a professor from Oakland University. The criminal justice professor, Daniel Kennedy, agreed that terrorists are less likely to target armed citizens.

“We don’t have laboratories where we can test these theories, but there is something to the argument that terrorists want a high body count — and if they can only shoot a few people before they’re taken out themselves, it wouldn’t have the kind of impact they want.” – Professor Daniel Kennedy

America’s Gun Debate

Craig’s pro-second amendment comments, the Paris attack, and the recent Planned Parenthood attack have been stirring the pot of one of America’s hottest debate.

The Huffington Post reported that in a peer-reviewed study that was published this past November. This study looked at gun ownership in all 50 states over 29 years. The Huffington Post reported, higher rates of gun ownership had disproportionately large numbers of deaths from firearm-related homicides.

Summary

Currently, there are reportedly no identified specific threats. However, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security released a bulletin last week. The bulletin went out the 18,000 law enforcement agencies nationwide. The bulletin warned against similar attack to the Paris attack.

Will having more guns on the ground deter terrorist attention? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section below.

Don’t forget that this week the process for getting a concealed weapon permit has changed in Michigan. Instead of the three-member county gun boards, the county clerks will have all the responsibility.

I’ll leave you with two quotes from Detroit Police Chief James Craig as reported by The Detroit News,

“If you look at what happened in Paris, I’m not saying if more citizens had had guns it would have stopped the terrorists. But it sure might have helped.”

“If you’re sitting in a restaurant, and you aren’t allowed to have a gun, what are you supposed to do if someone comes in there shooting at you? Throw a fork at them?”