And a large black population deters civilization... [Detroit police chief: Legal gun owners can deter crime, Detroit News, 1-3-2013]:
In the entire state of Maine in 2012 (95 percent white), there were 23 homicides; that same year in Detroit (83 percent black), there were 386 homicides
If more citizens were armed, criminals would think twice about attacking them, Detroit Police Chief James Craig said Thursday.
Urban police chiefs are typically in favor of gun control or reluctant to discuss the issue, but Craig on Thursday was candid about how he’s changed his mind.
“When we look at the good community members who have concealed weapons permits, the likelihood they’ll shoot is based on a lack of confidence in this Police Department,” Craig said at a press conference at police headquarters, adding that he thinks more Detroit citizens feel safer, thanks in part to a 7 percent drop in violent crime in 2013.
Craig said he started believing that legal gun owners can deter crime when he became police chief in Portland, Maine, in 2009.
“Coming from California (Craig was on the Los Angeles police force for 28 years), where it takes an act of Congress to get a concealed weapon permit, I got to Maine, where they give out lots of CCWs (carrying concealed weapon permits), and I had a stack of CCW permits I was denying; that was my orientation.
“I changed my orientation real quick. Maine is one of the safest places in America. Clearly, suspects knew that good Americans were armed.”
One murder in 2012 in Portland, Maine, in a city that is 83 percent white; in 2012 Detroit, a city that is roughly 83 percent black, there were 386 homicides. [ 2012 was Detroit's most violent in nearly 20 years; shootings, bloodshed have 'become the norm', Detroit Free Press, 1-4-2013]:
Why doesn't Detroit have the same type of social capital when it's demographics are almost a mirror-image of Portland's, albeit with a lot more melanin?
"We've lost respect of each other," Mayor Dave Bing said. "We've lost respect for life."
See, race does matter. It's more than skin deep, with race being the difference between peace, prosperity, and virtually no gun crime in Portland, Maine, and a city replete with crime, chaos, misery, and gun crime all courtesy of its black population in Detroit.
That anyone would applaud the comments of black Detroit Police Chief Craig clearly illustrates it's not black people that are on some mythical liberal plantation, from which they need to run-away from; it clearly indicates white people are marooned on an island of misfit toys, incapable of understanding the dysfunction all around them is encoded into the DNA of a black (and increasingly brown) population incompatible with the civilization they can create.
Detroit is one of America's blackest cities (after say Gary, Indiana and Jackson, Mississippi). It's homicide problem is almost entirely black, and has been that way for more than 60 years -- there's been almost as much black-on-black homicide in the city in the past 10 years as were blacks lynched in all of America over an 86-year time period (1882-1968).
If you were to magically transport the entire population of Detroit to Maine (distributing them throughout the state to population the cities) and the population of Maine to Detroit -- imagine the howls of concentrated whiteness!! -- within one month foreign companies would be breaking down the doors of Detroit's new City Hall with interest in relocating there; the white suburbs would instantly see for-sale signs pop, with families no longer fearful of the type of culture/climate black people created in Detroit; dilapidated housing and boarded-up businesses would be replaced with thriving commerce, a growing tax-base, and no more need to rely on state and federal assistance/grants to survive.
Maine, in this thought-experiment, would completely collapse within one week of receiving this new population. Even though all the infrastructure necessary for a population to thrive is already in place (all that is needed is maintenance to sustain what is already built), the black Detroiters would do exactly what they did to a Detroit they inherited - remember, Detroit was 91 percent white when V-E and V-J Day were celebrated in 1945 - from white people when black crime rates became to big a pill to swallow on a daily basis.
It has nothing to do with guns (a gun has never killed a person; the person using the gun as a weapon has killed the person); it has everything to do with race.
Looking back on the year Detroit earned the title "Murder Capital of the USA" (1974), almost all of the homicides then - as now - were black-on-black. You see, white-on-white homicide/crime doesn't kill a city, for the white community doesn't coddle its criminals and participate in a 'no snitch' campaign to protect them from the law; white-on-white homicide are usually at the hands of a mentally disturbed individual or in a domestic dispute.
Black-on-black crime (and black-on-white crime) is almost always because of a black individual with incredibly low impulse control. As the late black columnist William Raspberry noted in a 1987 column on black violence in Detroit (particular black youth violence), the city was finally getting serious - 14 years into the tenure of its first black mayor Coleman Young - as to the problem of black gun crime.
Even back into 1960, when Detroit still had a clear white majority, the problem of homicide in the city was a uniquely black phenomenon. [Detroit Homicide Wave Rolls on as Police Seek to Rid City of "Murder Capital" Label, Toledo Blade, 1-13-1974]:
Since March the department has been working on a study of the homicide toll in Detroit from 1960 to 1972. Financed with a $17,000 grant from the National Police Foundation, the study is due to be completed in a few weeks. It offers a jumble of statistics that police hope can be sorted out and used to pare the murder rate.The grim numbers for each year broken down by age, race, sex, and weapon. The figures show that both the victims and the perpetrators of murders are usually male, black, poor and between the ages of 18 and 29. In more than half of the murders, the victim and killer knew each other.
As for motive, about half the 693 murders in 1972 resulted from quarrels. Handguns were used in 429 instances, shotguns in 56, rifles in 46. Knives in 85 and other instruments for the rest.The only common denominator for homicides in Detroit - regardless of the weapon used in the murder - is black people.
Gun violence, concealed carrying, and lack of gun ownership in Detroit isn't responsible for making the city safe or unsafe; it's the black population - that drove away white people - that's responsible for making Detroit a third world city, just as it's the white population (not guns, concealed carrying or a lack of gun violence) that makes Maine a first-world state.
It's race, stupid.
Remember: James Craig was involved in an attempted carjacking in 83 percent black Detroit; in 83 percent white Portland, Maine, James Craig's blackness was the sole (soul?) reason he was even offered the gig of police chief to begin with, as white people gladly opened the door for him and his career to progress.
With blacks in charge of Detroit, the first thing they did under Coleman Young (elected mayor in 1973) was shut the door to whites in any position of governmental power.