Magazine article The New American

Self-Defense Capital?

Magazine article The New American

Self-Defense Capital?

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The online Detroit News out of Michigan reported on March 25 about a recent trend in shootings in the Motor City. Detroit, which historically has had a disportor tionately high number of the nation's justifiable homicides by citizens, is on target to top past records. If the latest round of shootings gets ruled justifiable, that would bring this year's number to 10.

The details of the most recent shooting are sketchy at best. The investigation is still under way and the case is being forwarded to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office to determine if the shooting was justifiable or if charges will be filed. Authorities did say they responded to a break-in at the same home days before the fatal shooting.

Detroit Police Chief James Craig held a press conference where he expressed disbelief at the level of self-defense shootings he recently witnessed. Craig told the Detroit News that he's never seen as many homeowners defending themselves by shooting intruders in his 37-year career as he has recently seen. Craig also said that he felt the crime rate could be lowered if more "good Americans" were armed, because criminals would think twice about attacking. "It does appear more and more Detroiters are becoming empowered.... More and more Detroiters are getting sick of the violence. I know of no other place where I've seen this number of justifiable homicides. It's interesting that these incidents go across gender lines.... People who are faced with a dangerous situation are taking matters into their own hands. …

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