A Tucson, Arizona affiliate of the Armed Citizen Project will spend $12,000 on a new charitable initiative: handing out free shotguns in neighborhoods with high crime rates. According to the head of the Tucson initiative, an armed citizenry is the sensible solution to an underfunded police department facing budget cuts.The project is being spearheaded by failed mayoral candidate and local crackpot Shaun McClusky. Most non-crackpots don't seem to be impressed:
Councilwoman Regina Romero echoed Miller's sentiments and said McClusky is "stereotyping" south-side residents.That is a good question. Why isn't he doing this in his own neighborhood?
She said Midvale is a "safe, beautiful neighborhood" and residents "don't need a gun to survive." […]
Councilman Steve Kozachik said he doesn't understand the logic behind the move.
"To suggest that giving away … loaded shotguns in high-crime areas will make anybody safer is pure idiocy," Kozachik said. "This is coming from a purported leader in the local Republican Party, the same group who last year auctioned off a Glock and a rifle as fundraisers. Now they're giving them away in our community? They're totally out of touch with the values of this city."