Police Chief Craig:
Armed Detroiters cut terror risk
police chief said he believes violent extremists would be
reluctant to target Detroit, as they had Paris last month, for
fear armed citizens would shoot back.
“A lot of
Detroiters have CPLs (concealed pistol licenses), and the same
rules apply to terrorists as they do to some gun-toting thug,”
Chief James Craig said. “If you’re a terrorist, or a
carjacker, you want unarmed citizens.”
University criminal justice professor Daniel Kennedy agreed that
terrorists would be reluctant to attack armed citizens.
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.
citizen won’t give them a high body count. Look at the theater
in Paris,” the Bataclan Café, where four men with AK-47 assault
rifles killed 89 people during a rock concert. “If some of those
people had been armed, it would’ve been a much different