Police tell Detroiters to buy guns in city riven by race issues and crime

Taking Back America

From The Guardian
By Rose Hackman     |    Sunday 17 August 2014 12.00 EDT

City police chief has encouraged residents to arm themselves as stark racial disparities in ‘shoot first’ laws become clear

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In 2012, Michigan gun enthusiasts rallied in support of 18-year-old Sean Michael Combs, of Troy, who was arrested in Birmingham while carrying a rifle. Photograph: David Guralnick/AP

Detroit police chief James Craig – nicknamed “Hollywood” for his years spent in the LAPD and his seeming love of being in front of the camera – has repeatedly called on “good” and “law-abiding” Detroiters to arm themselves against criminals in the city.

His words have not fallen on deaf ears.

Patricia Champion, a 63-year-old lifelong Detroiter, a grandmother and retired educator, decided to get her concealed pistol license – a CPL – two years ago after her son said he was increasingly worried for her safety. Champion, a resident…

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