The Tucson, Ariz. affiliate of the Armed Citizen Project — a group, according to its website, “dedicated to facilitating the arming of law abiding citizens” — has announced plans to give away free shotguns in an attempt to reduce crime in parts of the city, the Tucson Weekly reported Tuesday.
Shaun McClusky, who has unsuccessfully run for office in Tucson, said he has raised $12,000 for the effort. The recipients of the guns “will receive a cleaning kit, they’ll receive the shotgun, they’ll receive slugs, they’ll go through a background check and they’ll also go through the training class,” he said, according to the report.
The Tucson initiative’s website claimed that budget cuts have negatively impacted the Tucson Police Department’s ability to respond to emergencies, suggesting that residents take self-protection into their own hands.
Protecting your family and your property is a personal right, the way you do it is up to you as the individual. Many choose to let the police do it for them but in this current environment that is becoming less and less realistic each day. With that being said myself and several others in Tucson have decided to join Kyle and the Armed Citizen Project and begin to identify areas in Tucson that can benefit from this program.
Tucson Councilman Steve Kozachik, who lives in one of the neighborhoods McClusky is focused on, called the proposal “absolute lunacy.”