— A campaign promising free shotguns for people to protect themselves in this Arizona city has divided some residents in a community still reeling from a shooting rampage in 2011 that killed six people, left a congresswoman and several others wounded, and made Tucson a symbol of gun violence in America.
The Armed Citizen Project is part of a national campaign to give
shotguns to single women and homeowners in the nation’s crime-ridden
neighbourhoods, an effort that comes amid a national debate on gun
control after mass shootings in Arizona, Colorado and Connecticut.
While towns in Idaho, Utah, Virginia and Pennsylvania have debated
ordinances recommending gun ownership, the gun giveaway effort appears
to be the first of its kind.
“If you are not willing to protect the citizens of Tucson, someone is
going to do it, why not me? Why not have armed citizens protecting
themselves,” said Shaun McClusky, a real estate agent who plans to start
handing out shotguns by May.