While cities around the world are on heightened alert following a devastating ISIS attack in Paris, Detroit’s police chief says he believes the fear that armed citizens would return fire serves as a deterrent for a potential terrorist attack in the rust belt city.
Craig called more officers to duty and moved some to locations deemed higher priorities following the attacks in Paris.
But he also noted “a lot of Detroiters” have concealed pistol licenses and “the same rules apply to terrorists as they do to some gun-toting thug.”
Note that there were a rash of incidents in the area lately where an armed citizen took down thieves — or attempted to. A woman shot at the tires of an attempted Home Depot shoplifter, and was later charged with reckless use of a firearm. A man opened fire on an attempted bank robber in Warren, striking him three times.
Beyond that, there have been numerous incidents of homeowners shooting at would-be robbers.
“If you’re a terrorist, or a carjacker, you want unarmed citizens,” Craig said.
Sadly, Milwaukee’s police chief isn’t as enlightened.