Embracing advice from responding police following a home break-in where she hid from intruders, former Michigan State House representative and failed Detroit mayoral candidate Lisa Howze may decide to carry a gun, The Detroit News reported last Wednesday.
“The officer told me it’s time to get my CPL license,” Howze told the press. “I had resisted for a long time, saying, no, I’m not getting a gun, I’m not getting a gun. Now I’m not resisting.”
Why a concealed carry permit would be useful in a home robbery was left unsaid, so the assumption must be that she intends to carry a gun in public. This has some pro-gun comment posters hopeful that they have a convert and a new ally for the cause of liberty.
Such wishful thinking may end in disappointment. After all, Dianne Feinstein notoriously obtained a concealed carry permit when she feared for her life, but that never slowed down her efforts to disarm her constituents and everyone else.
Howze is a doctrinaire Detroit Democrat. When she had a chance to expand authorized concealed carry locales to protect against mass shooters, she voted “Nay.”
She gave her reasons why in an interview last year, when she promulgated a telling “Only Ones” interpretation of the Second Amendment.
“When you say trained individuals, I think of law enforcement, and those individuals have the right to carry in those various locales,” Howze maintained. “I think that when you begin to bring weapons into those types of areas, into schools and churches, I think it kind of takes away from the purpose of those buildings."
Whether Howze will reappraise that assessment remains to be seen, but as for her immediate environs where she is considering going armed, she still exhibits an inflated sense of official importance, first by using her status as a political elite to elicit a faster response time from police responders to her home burglary, and also in her belief that “teens in the neighborhood … would never let anyone mess with her.”
Does she think her home intruders were imports from other neighborhoods, and just who does she think she’s going to be shooting if she needs to defend herself? And how can she say she still feels safe in her neighborhood, and if she really does, why the need for a gun?
There’s a curious thing about such a willfully blind assessment. The home intruder story says Howze lives near 8 Mile and Gratiot, which is just on the northern border of an appalling concentration of violent crime statistics. In fact Detroit as a whole is given a “2” rating on crime (with “100” being safest) by Neighborhood Scout, and the Mohican Regent area is keeping close track with the city, with the violent crime index being an astounding and shameful 704 percent higher than the Michigan average.
And there’s one other curious thing, in case Howze ever does need to stand her ground (which statistically works in the favor of Black Americans more than for any other segment of the populace) and rely on a defensive gun use: the demographic-based odds indicate one race will be “overrepresented” above all others combined.
Who thinks her doing so would create a national, media-fueled rage?
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