Detroit Police Chief James Craig shared plenty of common sense wisdom on guns in a recent interview with WDIV-TV. Even though plenty of anti-gun city officials are on record urging residents to call the police rather than use a firearm, Craig knows that is not always a viable option.

Craig also said he wants criminals in Detroit to know they shouldn’t just be afraid of the police — they should also be afraid of responsible gun owners who are prepared to defend themselves and their homes.

“A lot of good Detroiters are fed up,” Craig said. “The message should be that, you know, people are going to protect themselves.”

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The police chief said Detroit residents have been dealing with an epidemic of violence for some time and expressed approval of individuals who are exercising their Second Amendment rights to fight back against criminals.

Just this week, a female concealed carry permit holder shot and killed a would-be car jacker and another homeowner fatally shot a 17-year-old trying to break into his home.

“If you are confronted with an immediate threat to your safety, you’re not going to have time to dial 911,” Craig said. “It becomes an issue of, the threat is here, I have to respond to the threat.”

He also advised gun owners to practice common sense and understand that a person should never chase a suspect down and shoot them or prematurely shoot every time someone knocks on the door.

“Suspects in Detroit need to worry about a couple of things,” Craig continued. “They’ve got to worry about a police department that is going to aggressively find you when you commit and act of violence. And you got to also worry about the good Detroiters who are not going to put up with the violence.”

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