Saturday, March 29, 2014


On the more-guns, less-crime front, metro Detroit continues to disprove the myth that armed citizens cause more harm than good and are a poor defense against violent crime. Since last Saturday:

In Redford 

A Jet’s Pizza delivery driver fired shots at two men who attempted to rob him Saturday night when they posed as customers, Redford police said.

The driver was making a delivery to a residence in the 9900 block of Grayfield when one of the males grabbed him and the other produced a handgun and demanded his money. Police said the driver, who lawfully possesses a firearm, shot at the suspects, then fled the area and called 911. (“Cops: Pizza driver fires shots at Redford 'customers' who tried to rob him”).

In Detroit on Tuesday,

[A] man in his early 50s who repairs buses for the city, is the latest in a string of cases where Detroit residents have resorted to using weapons to fend off intruders. . . .the man heard a noise by a side window of his house and went to check about 10 a.m. He saw two men trying to break in and confronted them. A fight ensued and the man, who has a concealed-pistol license, pulled out a handgun and shot the other two men dead. (“Another Detroit crime victim uses deadly force to protect home”).

Also on Tuesday,

A customer with a handgun stopped a shoplifting suspect from slashing a security officer with a contaminated needle and syringe outside a Home Depot store in Roseville, police said. . . . [The] customer with a concealed pistol license saw the fight, pulled out his handgun and told [the suspect] to drop the syringe and get on the ground. [The suspect] stopped fighting and sat down in the parking lot, police said, but jumped up and ran when he heard approaching police sirens. (“Customer with gun stops man stabbing security officer at Home Depot, Roseville police say”).

In response to the Detroit shooting, the Detroit Free Press reports

If prosecutors decide that Tuesday’s killings on Dexter were justified, it would bring the number of justifiable homicides in Detroit to 10 cases so far this year.

A Detroit police spokesman said residents have a right to defend themselves.

Chief (James) Craig and the Detroit Police Department, along with the citizens of Detroit, are fed up. “We are sick and tired of being victimized by the criminal element in this city,” said Sgt. Michael Woody. “The citizens are protecting their homes and their property and their families, and they are well within their rights to do that.”

Ten justifiable homicides in Detroit alone since January 1.

Do you still think this never happens?


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