That is a stunning increase in just two years, and it isn’t entirely clear what spurred such a radical shift in perceptions.
Detroit Police Chief James Craig is a rarity, in that he is the top law enforcement officer in a Democrat-controlled major urban city who is staunchly pro-Second Amendment and pro-concealed carry, actively pushing citizens to carry concealed weapons to defend themselves in a city where budget cuts have left the police department grossly underfunded and understaffed.
“It was a well-known fact here in Detroit,” he says. “People didn’t have a lot of confidence that when they dialed 911, that the police were going to show up. In fact, we know they didn’t.”
So he endorsed a trend that was already well under way — the trend toward more people carrying legal guns.
Craig’s Detroit is part of a stunning recent trend in black communities towards the acceptance of gun ownership.
According to a survey by the Pew Research Center, 54 percent of blacks now see gun ownership as a good thing, something more likely to protect than harm. That’s up from 29 percent just two years ago. In places like Detroit, more African-Americans are getting permits to carry concealed weapons.