I support the Castle Doctrine, Shall-Issue laws, and Open or Constitutional Carry laws as proper applications of the Second Amendment and the principle of defending life, liberty, and property.
One of my favorite public safety stories is the saga of Detroit Police Chief James Craig. Entering a city whose overwhelmed police force sometimes left active-shooter 911 calls without response, within months Chief Craig issued a public statement requesting home owners to arm, educate, and defend themselves against threatening intruders. Almost immediately, stories of successful home defense began to hit the news. His leadership of Detroit’s law enforcement, including his effective support of the Castle Doctrine, has been rewarded by Detroit’s statistics. One year later, reports of violent crime had decreased by more than 33%. Chief Craig is one of my policy heroes.
In a day when horrific crime is reported all over the world, I believe the right and practice of self-defense in Michigan is more important than ever. Each of us is at the front line in maintaining a law-abiding, civil society. Citizens are likely to be the only witnesses when a criminal strikes. Justice cannot exist without each of us standing up for what is right in our own place. Even the very best professional law enforcement is usually limited to following leads after the fact in order to bring perpetrators before a court of justice.
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Edmund Burke (1729-1797)