Tucson Man Giving Away Shotguns to People Living in Violent Neighborhoods

by Max Slowik, Guns.com  |  published on April 1, 2013

Free shotguns for people living in some of the shadier parts of Tucson is likely to be a reality if once Mayoral hopeful Shaun McClusky gets his way. He’s got a lot of help, chiefly, the Armed Citizens Project.

“Saying guns are responsible for killing people is like saying spoons are responsible for making people fat,” McClusky said.

McClusky is doing not just to help arm his fellow residents but to also test the theory that more guns equal less crime. He and others have started a gun charity and have raised over $12,000 in the projects first few days. If everything goes to plan, he’ll be able to arm Tucson residents in just two months.

“We need to take back our city, and it needs to come back to the citizens and not the criminals,” McClusky said to the Arizona Daily Star. “Right now, the criminal element is winning.”

McClusky plans to set up residents who pass background checks from three Tucson neighborhoods with a break-action single-shot shotgun, a box of shells and training. The hardware runs about $200, and with the gun lessons he expects to need $350 to $400 per resident.

The project will not directly equip people who participate, instead, they will be given the money to buy the guns themselves.

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