Good on you Detroit!
Detroit — As 2014 enters its final week, the city is on pace to record its fewest homicides since 1967.
The fewest homicides recorded since 1967 – the year of the infamous Detroit riots that began the long slow decline of a great American city. That is a major accomplishment. Only 298 this year, as opposed to the 281 recorded in 1967. This isn’t as impressive when compared on a per capita basis, as there are about a million (literally) fewer people living in Detroit now than there were in ‘67, butt still - not bad for city whose obituary has not only been written butt published.
And it’s not just murders that are down:
Most other violent crimes, including carjackings and robberies were also on pace to drop in 2014, although justifiable homicides are up, from 16 year-to-date in 2013 to 22.
What can we thank for this completely unexpected decline? Community organizers coming to town to advise the city that water is a human right? Yeah, probably not.
Maybe part of the credit should go to Detroit’s new top cop, Police Chief, James Craig:
"People feel the need to protect themselves," Craig said. "Maybe that's helping drive down robberies: Maybe the criminals are afraid they'll be confronted by someone who has a gun."
“There’s a number of CPL (concealed pistol license) holders running around the city of Detroit. I think it acts as a deterrent. Good Americans with CPLs translates into crime reduction. I learned that real quick in the state of Maine.” (Police Chief James Craig on WJR 760 AM)
Oh sure, the number of “justifiable homicides” in the city went up considerably (2200% above the national average) as citizens protect themselves butt I don’t think anyone can say that Detroit isn’t onto something here.
So while some across the nation still vilify the men and women who comprise our police forces that maintain a boundary between chaos and order,
in Detroit they would like to have a few more cops, as the lingering effects of bankruptcy has left them without funds to adequately police the streets anymore. Because in Detroit when you call 911 for help more likely than not you’ll have to get in queue.
So follow the advice of your Police Chief and arm up Detroit, because your thin blue line is thinner than ever:
and they can use your help.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God. – Matthew 5:9