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Plan to hand out free shotguns in Tucson stirs debate
FoxNews.com ^ | March 28, 2013 | Judson Berger

Posted on 03/29/2013 12:09:47 AM PDT by neverdem

A former mayoral candidate in Tucson, Ariz., is drawing heated criticism from Democrats after he launched a program this week to hand out free shotguns in high-crime neighborhoods.

Shaun McClusky, who kicked off the program Monday, financed it with initial donor commitments of $12,000. He told FoxNews.com that with those private donations alone, he can arm and train 36 people -- and hopes to begin that process in 60 days.

McClusky said he's already received more than a dozen responses from residents, "none of them negative, all of them positive."

But with McClusky launching the gun handout program in the same area where former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot in 2011, he's running into stiff resistance from Arizona officials.

State Rep. Victoria Steele, who represents Tucson, called the program "plain lunacy."

"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.

House Minority Leader Chad Campbell called it "ideological extremism at its worst" and "a political gimmick that could have dangerous consequences." The program, though, is actually the brainchild of a master's student at the University of Houston. The student, Kyle Coplen, launched what he calls the Armed Citizen Project, a nonprofit that is handing out "defensive shotguns" for free in certain neighborhoods of Houston and studying the effect on crime rates.

Reached Thursday, Coplen said it's too early to tell whether there is an effect -- but he said he intends to expand the program to 15 cities by the end of the year. Right now, the program is only in Houston and Tucson, with McClusky's help.

"His idea's great," McClusky said Thursday. "So I took his idea and I ran with it here in Tucson."

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Arizona; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: banglist; guncontrol; secondamendment

1 posted on 03/29/2013 12:09:47 AM PDT by neverdem
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To: SandRat; Don Corleone; uglybiker; marktwain; Caipirabob; Oatka; Brad's Gramma; S.O.S121.500; ...
BANG!

FReepmail me if you want to be on or off my Arizona ping list.

I never noticed anyone with a Arizona ping list. I'm not from Arizona, but I'm trying to start a list for each state that includes a FReeper with a state ping list for that state if that state doesn't have one already.

If I see a story about Arizona, I want to let you know. This is not expected to be a high volume ping list.

Do any of you have a state ping list for Arizona? Do any of you want to volunteer and take my Arizona list with the intent to grow it? Let me know via FReepmail. Then I can work on other states.

2 posted on 03/29/2013 12:29:19 AM PDT by neverdem ( Xin loi min oi)
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To: neverdem

AZ Democrats are worried that some of their key criminal constituents might be harmed by law-abiding citizens.


3 posted on 03/29/2013 12:45:00 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: neverdem

Joe Biden said shotguns are great! Whats the problem??


4 posted on 03/29/2013 12:58:56 AM PDT by Lockbar (Quality Factory Loaded Ammunition ------- The New Gold)
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To: Lockbar
Joe Biden said shotguns are great! Whats the problem??

Just blast off with both barrels into the air, or fire through your closed front door! Priceless!

5 posted on 03/29/2013 1:06:47 AM PDT by neverdem ( Xin loi min oi)
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To: neverdem

Wish someone gave me a free shotgun. But I’m in Texas and we don’t have problems like the other states do. We’re already well armed. But, still, I never turn down a free shotgun.


6 posted on 03/29/2013 1:08:11 AM PDT by Greetings_Puny_Humans
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To: neverdem

Free cell phones, too? Stamps and cheese?


7 posted on 03/29/2013 1:10:33 AM PDT by RedHeeler
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To: neverdem; Fred Nerks

(Shaun McClusky)...A former mayoral candidate in Tucson, Ariz., is drawing heated criticism from Democrats after he launched a program this week to hand out free shotguns in high-crime neighborhoods. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Well , at least Shaun will have Shotgun Joe Biden’s endorsement. ( Just point it at your door and fire.)


8 posted on 03/29/2013 2:29:21 AM PDT by Candor7 (Obama fascism article:(http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html))
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To: Candor7

Well , at least Shaun will have Shotgun Joe Biden’s endorsement. ( Just point it at your door and fire.)

I’m not sure plugs knew which side of the door the round should go in.


9 posted on 03/29/2013 2:40:09 AM PDT by billhilly
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To: Candor7

Well , at least Shaun will have Shotgun Joe Biden’s endorsement. ( Just point it at your door and fire.)

I’m not sure plugs knew which side of the door the round should go in.


10 posted on 03/29/2013 2:40:30 AM PDT by billhilly
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To: neverdem

If leftist extremist can support gun so-called “buy-backs,” why shouldn’t we support gun gifts? It’s a generosity thing. No wonder they don’t get it.


11 posted on 03/29/2013 3:40:24 AM PDT by Standing Wolf
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To: billhilly

I see your: “I’m not sure plugs knew which side of the door the round should go in.”

Raise with: “I’m not sure plugs knew which end of the the round should go in first.”

;-)


12 posted on 03/29/2013 4:01:18 AM PDT by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is necessary to examine principles."..)
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To: GladesGuru

13 posted on 03/29/2013 4:03:16 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: neverdem

handing out shotguns is a solution if only the bad guys have fire power now

handing out shotguns would have been one hell of an equalizer in the Warsaw Ghetto


14 posted on 03/29/2013 4:59:43 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: neverdem

Everett Hitch sat on his high stool, cocked his 8 guage and didn’t say anything......


15 posted on 03/29/2013 5:03:38 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 .....The fairest Deduction to be reduced is the Standard Deduction)
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To: bert

Everett Hitch sat on his high stool, cocked his 8 guage and didn?t say anything......covering Virgil Cole


16 posted on 03/29/2013 5:30:58 AM PDT by Covenantor ("Men are ruled...by liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot govern." Chesterton)
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To: Greetings_Puny_Humans
.....he said he intends to expand the program to 15 cities by the end of the year.

A Beretta DT-10 double barreled shotgun with 32" barrels please.

17 posted on 03/29/2013 5:50:00 AM PDT by TYVets
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To: TYVets

I didn’t realize they were taking special orders. A Winchester 21 for me, then. Or a Browning Superposed. Either will do, I’m not picky.


18 posted on 03/29/2013 6:00:14 AM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: neverdem

Now that’s a great idea!

Joe couldn’t say no to that one.


19 posted on 03/29/2013 6:05:16 AM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (0bama's agenda¬óDivide and conquer seems to be working.)
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To: Charles Martel
Shotgun Joe says get a double barreled shotgun I can live with that.

Don't need one of those high capacity assault pump guns.

20 posted on 03/29/2013 6:57:22 AM PDT by TYVets
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To: neverdem

“Honey, is that you?” Honey...?


21 posted on 03/29/2013 7:31:56 AM PDT by carriage_hill (The most insidious power the news media has, is the power to ignore.)
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To: neverdem

Kapooya!! Kapooya!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOwF0TOv9pI


22 posted on 03/29/2013 10:10:55 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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