America's First Freedom - June 2014 - 36

Detroit Police Chief James Craig
brings wisdom gained from the
streets of Los Angeles and Portland,
Maine, to bear in Detroit.

C O V E R

S T O R Y

story by

David Burnett | photos by David Lewinski

''I have a gun,
get out!''

That's the warning a Detroit mother
gave the three hoodlums attempting
to kick down her door on the night of
Feb. 17, 2014. Armed with only a replica handgun, the intruders thought
she was bluffing-until she opened fire. The mother of two was armed
with a Hi-Point ts4 Carbine (what some would call an "assault rifle")
her husband gave her after a break-in just two weeks prior.

The crooks literally fell over
themselves and quickly fled the area.
Caught on surveillance cameras, the
video went viral and illustrated what
appears to be a growing trend in
Detroit-citizens fighting back.
Detroit's woes are no secret.
Joblessness, poverty, gangs, illiteracy
and crime now plague the once-thriving
hub of the automotive industry. In
July 2013, the city became the largest
municipal government ever to file for
bankruptcy. Studies estimate 25 percent
of Detroit's population have departed,
reducing the city to numbers predating
the Industrial Revolution.
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Those who remain have watched
Detroit decay into one of the most
dangerous cities in the United States.
In 2012, the Detroit Free Press reported
386 criminal homicides-the highest in
two decades, and nearly as many as New
York City, whose population is more
than three times larger. The same year
saw 1,263 non-fatal shootings, more than
400 rapes and nearly 5,000 robberies.
In 2013, a New York Times report
found average police response times to
Level One priority calls in Detroit were a
staggering 58 minutes. The rate of cases
solved stood at a mere 8.7 percent. Some
police officials even took to warning

visitors that if they came to the city, they
should "enter at their own risk."
Despite rampant crime and slow
response, Detroit cut the police
department's 2012-2013 budget by
$75 million, forcing 380 officers to either
quit or retire early. The latest estimates
indicate only about 3,000 sworn officers
remain to protect 700,000 residents.
Unable to rely on an overburdened
police force, Motor City residents
realized they had no choice: If they
wanted to survive, they would have to
fight back.
Officials say concealed carry permit
applications have been on the rise,



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