Tucson Group Will Give Free Shotguns to Residents
Organizer says push will be in high-crime zones
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 27, 2013 6:30 PM CDT
Updated Mar 31, 2013 10:45 AM CDT

(Newser) – A former mayoral candidate in Tucson plans to provide residents of high-crime neighborhoods with free shotguns to defend themselves, reports the Arizona Daily Star. Shaun McClusky has raised $12,000 for the project so far, and his group plans to hand out the first weapons within 60 days. He figures it will cost up to $400 per person to provide a gun, ammo, and training, plus a background check.

"We need to take back our city, and it needs to come back to the citizens and not the criminals," says McClusky. Counters a councilman: "To suggest that giving away loaded shotguns in high-crime areas will make anybody safer is pure idiocy." The police department hasn't weighed in yet. McClusky says he got the idea from a University of Houston grad student who started a similar program in that city, called the Armed Citizen Project.

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Mar 31, 2013 5:02 PM CDT
I read a more recent story that says the guns will cost residents $400.00 (for classes & paperwork) so they aren't exactly free. I also think that there won't be many takers because not a lot of people in high crime areas (ie poor people) will be willing to give up a months rent to buy a gun. Another study showed that rather than reducing crime it will increase it because homes with guns are more likely to be broken into. Why? Becuase guns are hot property.
Mar 31, 2013 2:53 PM CDT
Putting more guns into high-crime neighborhoods is like putting out fires with kerosene. And who will define a high-crime neighborhood? If I move into one, can I go down to the police station and pick up my new gun? So far there has been enough money raised to purchase 36 shotguns. How many will they need all together?
Mar 31, 2013 1:56 PM CDT
There'll probably be more awful bloodbath type shootings there now.Probably more liquor store holdups too.I wonder how many of those shotguns will be converted into sawed - off style?You can blow a person's head clean off with one of those!