Detroit Police Chief Says Armed Citizens Can Prevent Paris Style Terror Attacks

The top cop for the city of Detroit says that armed citizens are the best defense against Paris style terror attacks.

While it probably couldn’t have stopped all the carnage, James Craig believes the death toll in that incident would have been significantly lower if citizens had guns.

According to the Detroit News:

The city’s police chief said he believes violent extremists would be reluctant to target Detroit, as they had Paris last month, for fear armed citizens would shoot back.

“A lot of Detroiters have CPLs (concealed pistol licenses), and the same rules apply to terrorists as they do to some gun-toting thug,” Chief James Craig said. “If you’re a terrorist, or a carjacker, you want unarmed citizens.”

Craig, who made national headlines after he told The Detroit News in 2013 that he thought more armed citizens would help drive down the crime rate, said some gun control advocates are softening their stances amid the concerns about terrorism.

Craig pointed to comments Washington, D.C., Police Chief Cathy Lanier made last week during a “60 Minutes” segment about active shooting situations, in which she said citizens should “take the gunman out” if faced with a threat…

“If you look at what happened in Paris, I’m not saying if more citizens had had guns it would have stopped the terrorists, but it sure might have helped,” Craig said. “If you’re sitting in a restaurant, and you aren’t allowed to have a gun, what are you supposed to do if someone comes in there shooting at you? Throw a fork at them?”