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Elderly CPL Holders Thwart Armed Robberies in Detroit

by James Tarr   |  February 4th, 2013 6

According to Fox 2 News in Detroit, on Friday, Feb. 1, the 70-year-old coach of the girls’ basketball team at Martin Luther King Jr. High School in Detroit was walking two of his students to their cars when two males approached them. Both were former students at the school, one of them recently expelled. The males reportedly tried to rob the coach, and one of them pulled a gun.

At that point, the coach—who has a Michigan CPL (concealed pistol license) and is a reserve police officer—pulled his concealed handgun and fired on the duo, killing one and wounding the other.

Check out the video from Fox 2 News in Detroit.

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That same day, on Grand River Avenue in the middle of Detroit, a man attempted to rob an older man. The elderly gentleman had a CPL, drew his weapon and shot the suspect.

Fifteen years ago, it was very common in Detroit to see men and women, especially those of middle age and older, walking around with very sturdy and stylish walking sticks, constructed of hardwood and/or steel. Those walking sticks are very scarce today. Why?

The residents of Detroit were not burdened with bad knee joints; they were burdened with politicians who refused to issue them concealed pistol licenses. CPLs were issued by the Wayne County gun board, and “self defense” was not recognized as a reason to carry a gun. Walking sticks are not “weapons,” so they were not prohibited, and their carriers were not hassled. When the State of Michigan passed legislation turning it into a “shall issue” state, the citizens of Detroit traded in their mugger-whackers for tools a little better suited to the job—handguns.

The standard phrase, “When seconds count, the police are only minutes away,” isn’t even very accurate when it comes to Detroit. Due to the crumbling city economy and rising crime rates, most of the time the Detroit police—who are stretched very thin—will take a lot more than a few minutes to respond.

These two incidents are a perfect example of the reason behind and effectiveness of concealed carry, especially for seniors and others who might appear to be tasty meals to predators.

  • John Cipolletti

    I worked in Detroit for over 30 years, much of the time as a teacher. This type of robbery is common in the city anymore. Here is the problem, too many in the city are outraged that the boy (the robber) is dead. Because of this attitude, the police took in the coach (victim of the robbery). So what has happened to the coach? I would like to know. I see all too often, a person who tries to protect himself with a gun can be prosecuted.

    • buy a gun

      I'm with you here, the boy would be alive if he was smart and
      Not try to rob them. My wife is a teacher and I think it is was good that the coach had his CPL. The coach did the right thing. Hats off to the coach.

    • buy a gun

      I'm with you here, the boy would be alive if he was smart and
      not try to rob them.
      My wife is a teacher and I'm all for teachers to have cpl. The coach did the right thing. Hats off to the coach.

    • John

      Cite some Case Law on that.

    • James Tarr

      Yesterday the Wayne County Prosecutor Kim Worthy announced that they would not be prosecuiting the coach, and stated the incident was a "…textbook example of lawful self defense."

  • Glen

    Used to live there and police would not come for hours. Felt compelled to have a side arm as there were several real threats in the area. What else is expected? I had a wife and young children. The saddest part is what this does to the area. General decline everywhere…

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