As the privileged white community of Parkland, FL spreads its message of universal disarmament following a high school shooting, the voices of inner-city communities are not being heard as the debate continues.
In Detroit — where violent crime is a much more regular occurrence than it is in the suburbs — residents as well as police personnel recognize that more gun control is not the answer for keeping communities safe.
“You watch the news and it’s like, ‘somebody got shot on Puritan and Fenkell; oh, well, on to the next one,’ ” said Deidra Harris-Thomas, whose son was shot dead over a pair of basketball shoes, to the Detroit News. “You hear about the problems in Detroit with drugs, and broken homes, and the justice system that keeps letting criminals back on the street, and people just accept it as normal. It’s heartbreaking.”
Despite the tragic situation that befell her family, Harris-Thomas understands that more gun laws are not the answer.
“Everyone’s talking about gun control after what happened in Florida, but if they had just enforced the laws that are already on the books, Corey would be alive,” Harris-Thomas said.
In 2017, Detroit averaged more than five homicides and 20 shootings per week. These rates are alarming, but the Detroit police chief explains that an increase in private firearm ownership is actually making the streets safer.
“You can say put armed police officers into every school, but that’s not practical. I’m not saying arming teachers is the only solution, and I’m certainly not saying we should just hand out guns to all teachers. That’s ridiculous,” police chief James Craig said to the Detroit News last month.
“But it makes sense to arm certain teachers who are trained, such as former military or police officers. That’s only one of several components, including taking a strong look at mental health issues, and making sure police take action when they get indications someone may be violent,” he said.
A frequent thorn in the side of the liberal media and their narratives regarding gun violence, Craig has been an outspoken advocate of legal firearm ownership for many years. Craig formed his beliefs from his many years of law enforcement experience in different locations throughout the country.
“Coming from California, where it takes an act of Congress to get a concealed weapon permit, I got to Maine, where they give out lots of CCWs [concealed carry weapon permits], and I had a stack of CCW permits I was denying,” Craig said to the Detroit News. “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.”
While the privileged whites of Parkland and other communities beg for gun control to protect them from incredibly infrequent instances of violence, inner-city residents understand that more government restrictions are not going to stop violent crime because it is something they actually experience on a regular basis.