Tucson Republican Wants to Arm Residents with Free Shotguns

Will that curb crime rates in high-crime areas?

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Will handing out shotguns rid neighborhoods of crime?

Former Tucson mayoral candidate Shaun McClusky thinks so, and he has set out to launch a privately funded program that would arm every Tucson resident who lives in a violence prone neighborhood — and can pass a background check — with a shotgun, the Arizona Daily Star reports. Already, $12, 000 has been donated to McClusky’s cause, so eligible people will begin to receive money and training for the shotguns within 60 days, according to USA Today. There is no requirement for gun ownership, so participation in the program would be voluntary.

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McClusky’s unique response to stopping crime is not sitting well with City Council members, who feel that there needs to be a viable solution for crime — not a distribution of arms — in the city where a 2011 shooting rampage killed six people and seriously injured others, including former Democratic Rep. Gabby Giffords.

There’s a similar program in Houston called the Armed Citizens Project, which hands out guns to single women and homeowners in neighborhoods with moderate to high crime rates.

However, Travis Pratt, criminology professor at Arizona State University, told the Arizona Star Daily that the shotgun is not a criminal’s weapon of choice, so there’s no proof that the project would help decrease  gun violence.

But McClusky is armed and ready to battle the issue, stating that taking him to court would only increase publicity for his cause, reported Arizona Star Daily.

He is also not the only individual with a knack for shotgun giveaways. Last year a jeweler in Iowa offered free shotguns with the purchase of an engagement ring.

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13 comments
aztecian
aztecian

this is just more fear mongering from he racist-obstructionist rightwing rethuggers and their nra psychos.  they refuse to fix the community with outreach programs, instead they want to kill more people.  typical reaction from a failed party.

chopperpuppy
chopperpuppy

There should be fear. Fear by those individuals who are considering harming someone that he or she may be able to defend themselves properly. Outreach propgrams are great for those who want to take advantage of them, but it is not society's responsibility to accept being attacked or ripped off because someone had a bad childhood. We are raised in a climate of excuses for explaining away bad behavior.

chopperpuppy
chopperpuppy

There should be fear. Fear by those individuals who are considering harming someone that he or she may be able to defend themselves properly. Outreach propgrams are great for those who want to take advantage of them, but it is not society's responsibility to accept being attacked or ripped off because someone had a bad childhood. We are raised in a climate of excuses for explaining away bad behavior.

pachelbels
pachelbels like.author.displayName 1 Like

And what could possibly go wrong there?

steelgoat67
steelgoat67

Obviously, if this doesn't work, he needs to start handing out AR-15s. That'll learn 'em.

Leftcoastrocky
Leftcoastrocky

At first I thought that I had pulled up The Onion website.

PrestonHenderson
PrestonHenderson

Although I don't fully support this move, at least there will be background checks and training involved.  I do believe that it will only be a matter of time before there is an accidental shooting involving one of these shotguns.  Hopefully it does not involve a child.  The best of luck regarding this experiment but if the it goes horribly wrong, who is gonna step up and take responsibility?  I doubt anyone will, and that shouldn't surprise anyone.

JimStarowicz
JimStarowicz

And I'll just bet, like all these tuff ramboish idea's they come up with, that he'll pay for the costs of those free shotguns, though they never say where the money will come from!! Rubber stampers, All, and really want another head dude to tell them what to stamp!!

JaredJesensky
JaredJesensky

"However, Travis Pratt, criminology professor at Arizona State University, told the Arizona Star Daily that the shotgun is not a criminal’s weapon of choice, so there’s no proof that the project would help decrease gun violence."

this is a non-sequitur... the guns are for self defence, and the shotgun is the top choice for that.