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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Detroiter Claims 911 Call Of Stolen Van With Gun Was Ignored
[DETROIT.CBSLOCAL] While Detroit Mayor Dave Bing and Interim Police Chief Chester Logan explore a restructuring of the city's police department, some residents are expressing frustration with how their calls are being handled.

Detroiter Rachelle Guyton said she called 911 around 6:30 a.m. Saturday to report that her 2003 Chrysler Town & Country minivan had been stolen from an apartment building in Palmer Park -- but it wasn't the van she was worried about.

"I have a gun under my car seat, and when I called the police department to explain this to them and try to have them help... they didn't give me any attention. They told me I had to wait until 8 o'clock to call back. What if someone gets shot with this? What if a child gets this in his hand? I'm responsible, and I just can't have that on my conscience," Guyton told WWJ's Terri Lee.

Guyton, who has a CCW permit for her 9-millimeter Smith & Wesson, said she's disappointed in how her call was handled, especially with all the talk about guns surrounding the city's recently released crime statistics for 2012 -- numbers which show the highest murder rate in the city in nearly 20 years.

"They're not trying to make anything a top priority, they won't send a car out here to investigate, they won't do anything. So, I'm stuck here not concerned about the car whatsoever. I will take the bus, you know, that's not important. The importance here is the gun and the safety for other people," said Guyton.

Detroit police declined to comment on the situation.
Posted by:Fred

#5  P.S. Don't leave your gun in the car.

If you are a law-abiding citizen, as are nearly all concealed carry permit holders, sometimes you don't have any option but to leave the firearm in the car. It's either that or leave it at home. If you are going to a government building, you are restricted from taking the firearm into the building. In some States you cannot take the firearm into work or leave your firearm in the car at work due to legal restrictions. Nearly all universities have extra-legal additional requirements regarding firearms on campus even if you have a CCP. Some States have a legal provision for establishments to post requirements against carrying in their business. You either leave the firearm in the car or illegally take it with you (good news is that the violation is often only a misdemeanor). I'm just mentioning this because problems are created for people who are law-abiding citizens by restricting places where you can carry and cannot carry.
Posted by: JohnQC   2013-01-07 12:00  

#4  Perhaps it's common practice to claim a gun is involved in a crime in order to get any response from the police?

Diminishing returns and all that.
Posted by: CrazyFool   2013-01-07 11:27  

#3  Ditto Steve. Surely somewhere there must be former Fast and Furious program BATF agents are reading this whilst pounding their fists and weeping uncontrollably.
Posted by: Besoeker   2013-01-07 01:35  

#2  I can sympathize with the poor woman's feeling of responsibility, but one gun, more or less, will not make a damn bit of difference in Detroit.

P.S. Don't leave your gun in the car, dumbass.
P.P.S They steal minivans nows?
Posted by: SteveS   2013-01-07 01:30  

#1  Appears she does not quite understand the operative word or implied intent with regard to Concealed Carry Permit.
Posted by: Besoeker   2013-01-07 01:11