Detroit police chief James Craig said Monday that “good Americans” with guns could help stem the city’s violent crime rate.
Craig suggested last week that Maine was a safer state than California because it was easier to obtain a concealed weapon’s permit in the former state than in the latter.
“More concealed weapons by good Americans, good Americans who are responsible,” he explained to CNN host Don Lemon. “You know, certainly in Detroit we have a very different situation going on here unlike other places I have had the good fortune of working. It’s no secret that Detroit is violent.”
“There’s a violent culture,” Craig added. “The criminal predators here are very violent. So, good Americans who are responsible who conceal weapons can make a difference. There are studies out there that show that.”
He emphasized he did not support people taking the law into their own hands.
“We’re not talking about vigilantes,” Craig said. “We are talking about good Americans who are trained. Good Americans that need personal protection. I don’t care what city you talk about in America. We cannot be everywhere.”
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WATCH LIVE: Livestream of first #DemDebate with 10 presidential hopefuls
Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Corey Booker and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke are just three of the ten Democrats who will appear on the debate stage in Miami Wednesday night.
Warren is clearly seen as the front-runner of this tier of candidates, and her policy-focused campaign has helped her stand out from typical politicians speaking in broad platitudes and empty promises made but rarely kept.
The Democrats are set to take the stage at 9 p.m. EST and will speak in 60-second sound-bytes for two hours, the rules state. Prior to the debate, two candidates went to one of the ports of entry and immigration is likely to be a key issue in the discussion.
Democrats believe Mueller testimony could be tipping point for impeachment: CNN
On Wednesday, CNN congressional correspondent Manu Raju reported that some House Democrats view special counsel Robert Mueller's upcoming public testimony to the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees in July as a potential tipping point that could sway both Democratic leaders and the American people in favor of opening an impeachment probe.
"Democrats who support opening up an impeachment inquiry believe this could bolster the calls to open up formal proceedings, perhaps shift public opinion, perhaps encourage the House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to move off of her opposition to opening up an impeachment probe because of what Bob Mueller will say," said Raju.
Ex-FBI chief: Mueller testimony must ‘wake up’ Republicans to the danger in the White House
Former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe appeared on MSNBC's "Deadline with Nicolle Wallace" to detail what he thinks will happen in the closed-door testimony from former special counsel Robert Mueller.
In a Wednesday interview, McCabe said he hopes that Mueller will "wake up" Republicans who seem uninterested in acting to protect the United States from electoral intrusion from Russia.