TUCSON, Ariz. – A campaign promising free shotguns for people to protect themselves in this Arizona city has divided some residents in a community still reeling from a shooting rampage in 2011 that killed six people, left a congresswoman and several others wounded, and made Tucson a symbol of gun violence in America.
The Armed Citizen Project is part of a national campaign to give shotguns to single women and homeowners in the nation’s crime-ridden neighbourhoods, an effort that comes amid a national debate on gun control after mass shootings in Arizona, Colorado and Connecticut.
While towns in Idaho, Utah, Virginia and Pennsylvania have debated ordinances recommending gun ownership, the gun giveaway effort appears to be the first of its kind.
“If you are not willing to protect the citizens of Tucson, someone is going to do it, why not me? Why not have armed citizens protecting themselves,” said Shaun McClusky, a real estate agent who plans to start handing out shotguns by May.sda
The link says something about guns for single women, but I don’t see that referenced in the text of the article. Interesting concept and an interesting experiment.
Oh, and it has typical media misinformation about guns and crime.
Research has produced inconclusive results on whether defensive gun use lowers crime. Some research suggests guns result in more suicides and accidental deaths, while other studies have shown criminals are wary of gun owners.
Interestingly, every state that has loosened it’s restrictions on firearms has seen a drop in crime, while every state that has tightened it’s restrictions has seen a rise in crime. I direct my readers to the research of Gary Kleck and John Lott. Oh, the suicide and accidental death statistics regard handgun use, not shotguns. But let’s not let pesky facts get in the way of the narrative.
“People don’t want to confront an armed person at home,” said Garen J. Wintemute, director of the University of California, Davis Violence Prevention Research Program. “But, separately, there is solid evidence that in communities with higher rates of gun ownership, burglary rates are up, not down, and that’s because guns are hot loot.”
Wintemute said it’s likely the risk of violence in the home participating in the gun giveaway will go up.
Please cite your “solid evidence” Dr. Wintemute. If you have any, which I doubt. Your speculation about violence in homes participating in the program is just that, speculation. Wintemute is a gun control proponent, so his pronouncements should be viewed in that light.
Of course no article would be complete without the obligatory stupid comments by politicians and “activists”.
“Just like any other city in Arizona and in the nation we have our issues, but it is not crime-ridden,” said Vice Mayor Regina Romero. “I would never say you have to carry a gun or you have to be afraid for your life.”
Of course you wouldn’t say that, it’s the rare politician that would. Keep denying that there is crime in your town. Besides, it’s the fault of outsiders, not people who live in the town, right?
“We could take that $400 per shotgun and give it to these people so they could go buy groceries, pay rent, pay their utility bills, something useful,” said neighbourhood association president Cindy Ayala. “Vigilantism is not the answer.”
Exactly how would any of that reduce crime? Oh, I forgot you only want free stuff, you don’t give a shit about the people who live their.
It will be interesting to see how this program works out. I only have one tip. Don’t ask Joe Biden to help doing the training, it won’t do anything but help get people arrested for being as stupid as he is.