But, it seems, to quote Josey Wales: "When I get to likin' someone, they ain't around long."
We worry, because Detroit Police Chief James Craig has been a lone voice crying in the concrete wilderness - insisting that armed citizens deter crime. As the Detroit News pondered the causes of the significant drop in Detroit crimes, they didn't want the armed citizen to look too good. They led the article with an elderly homeowner they characterized as having "an itchy trigger-finger". Even thought he actually didn't defend himself during the home invasion robbery, and therefore actually isn't part of the story's subject matter, he did take a pot shot at a TV news crew who wouldn't get off his porch. While we applaud him for his public-spirited action, it doesn't really reflect well on armed homeowners. Which was obviously the intention of TDN.
The remainder of the article is mostly well-balanced; even though Josh Horwitz, Sad Panda of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, rears his misshapen head for a discredited platitude or two. Chief Craig credits the good work of his department, but also affirms that armed Detroiters are part of why crime is declining. TDN buries the article's money quote: “If
I was out there now robbing people these days, knowing there are a lot
more people with guns, I know I’d have to rethink my game plan,” said
Al Woods, 60, a self-described
former criminal. "They’re less likely to do so if they think they (the citizen) might be armed.”