Free shotguns handed out to Tucson residents in high-crime areas

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A former Tucson, Ariz., mayoral candidate has taken Vice President Joe Biden’s advice to heart and is offering free shotguns to “at-risk” local residents of high crime areas.

Biden has said more than once, “Get yourself a double-barrel shotgun for protection. That’s all you need.” A lot of people laughed. Not Shaun McClusky. The Tucson real estate agent, who lost his bid for mayor in the city’s last election, listened and took action, and is being criticized by local Democrats.

State Rep. Victoria Steele called the program “plain lunacy,” according to Fox News.

“Arizonans in Tucson and across the state are demanding that we reduce gun violence and create safer communities. Handing out shotguns is not a solution,” she said in a written statement.

Steele’s district includes Tucson.

Arizona House Minority Leader Chad Campbell called the program “ideological extremism at its worst” and “a political gimmick that could have dangerous consequences.”

The idea wasn’t McClusky’s, however, nor was it Biden’s brainchild. The concept actually came from University of Houston master’s candidate Kyle Coplen, who is giving away shotguns to residents of targeted neighborhoods through The Armed Citizen Project. Coplen hands out shotguns to people in Houston’s high-crime areas to study the effects.

“His idea’s great,” McClusky told Fox Thursday. “So I took his idea, and I ran with it here in Tucson.”

Here’s a word to the wise, though. I wouldn’t take Biden’s other suggestion and blindly let off a couple of blasts through the front door. The person on the other side may be a latter-day Mother Theresa soliciting donations for the St. Vincent De Paul Society.

Read more at Fox News.


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