Sunday, February 24, 2013

Is Detroit a Self-Defense Haven?

Detroit has been getting a lot of attention for its recent shootings. Not the usual criminal stuff, but the step-up in self-defense shootings as people have come to realize that the police only exist to mark the outlines of bodies with chalk.

Here is the story of a shootout at a tax preparation business in a suburban Detroit residence. A couple attempted to rob the tax preparer in spite of the fact that a security car was sitting out front. What did the security guard use to defend his clients? One of those demonized AR-15s. But of course, no one could possibly ever have a reason to need a high-capacity magazine.

 - Another Detroit senior has shot back at apparent criminals. His story is that two teenagers tried to attack and rob him, a 70-year-old girls' basketball coach of a Detroit high school, as he escorted a couple of his players to their cars after a game. One of the criminals intending violence was killed. All I saw on the news that evening is the family members of the two teenagers talking about what great kids they were, and how they would never do such a thing. Yet one of them had already been expelled from school, according to ABC News. Then it was revealed that the coach is also a Detroit Police Dept reserve officer. While the mother of the dead child claimed her son would never do any such thing, the Wayne County's Prosecutor's Office called this a textbook case of self-defense.  

- A candy store owner was almost the victim of a thug who intended to rob his wholesale business. The owner pulled a gun and shot the guy dead. 

- Another great defensive measure occurred when two kids (brothers) attempted to rob two utility workers as they came down a pole. One of the utility workers was armed, and he shot the attackers, hitting both. Immediately following the incident, the family once again chimed in with the usual response:
"My 16-year-old, he's a smart kid, intelligent kid. He wasn't no ghetto gangster, no robber, never beat up a person or nothing like that," said Mitchell. "I never heard of my sons carrying no guns. I just don't understand."
Really? Smart, "good" kids who have so little respect for human life that they sling around guns as if they were toys. This man who saved two lives may be punished for carrying a gun while on the job.

Now here are some stats from The Daily:
Justifiable homicide in the city shot up 79 percent in 2011 from the previous year, as citizens in the long-suffering city armed themselves and took matters into their own hands. The local rate of self-defense killings now stands 2,200 percent above the national average. Residents, unable to rely on a dwindling police force to keep them safe, are fighting back against the criminal scourge on their own. And they’re offering no apologies.
Now - before you brand Detroit as being unique in this regard (crime), these desperation crimes are occurring all over, whether it is Memphis, St. Louis, Oakland, or, of course, Chicago. Just try defending yourself in Washington, D.C. or the wonderful city of Chicago, America's gun-free killing field. At least here we can defend ourselves, and without - for the most part - overzealous prosecutors incarcerating victims who choose to serve and protect themselves and their family.


  1. Love this blog.

    Never seriously thought about Detroit as a place to relocate to but you're putting notions in my head.

    As to this entry I wonder how many self-defense events go unreported because with the state of the government why would you co their "work" for them report it and draw their Sauron like eye upon you?

    Do you worry that leftists will be attracted in to Detroit's renaissance and end up pushing for all the kinds of things that turned the city into a hell-hole in the first place?

  2. A little more of this and Detroit will become a test-case for a theory I've long held. LBJ prevented it from happening for the last 50 years, but: If government collapses and the citizenry in these major cities have to make a living on their own, they WILL do it. They'll do what they need to do, and the neighborhoods will be transformed. At the same time, the newly empowered good citizens will be very, VERY annoyed with the criminal and delinquent element in their midst, and will take matters into their own hands to remove the threat. I didn't think such a thing could happen in this life, but maybe, maybe...

  3. I was just talking to someone about moving to Detroit because of your boosterism, and listed as a selling point that while Detroit has big-city crime - unlike other large American cities - it also has Michigan gun laws.

    California, Illinois, District of Columbia, Massachusetts, all have horrible gun laws in addition to the social stew they have going on in their cities. Detroit seems to be one of the lucky few metro areas that has the ingredients to fight back.

    I am seriously considering Detroit vs. New Hampshire for my return back to the states now.

    1. Comparing Detroit to New Hampshire seems a bit odd to me.

  4. I am sure you have a zealous fan stalking out there.
    Danny Lowery

  5. "Comparing Detroit to New Hampshire seems a bit odd to me." Who is comparing? Just because Tomas is considering both places to be potentially inviting, how does that translate into "he is comparing?"

    There is no comparison because NH does not have affordable real estate, and it has a high cost of living all around.