You know what Chicago needs right now? Guns. Lots and lots of guns. The Armed Citizen Group announced at the NRA convention this weekend that it would be handing out free shotguns in 15 cities across the United States.
Chicago, which is having another extremely violent year, will be one of those cities.
Kyle Coplen, the group’s founder, believes that citizens in places like Chicago need weapons so that they can defend themselves against criminals. Coplen believes that the more weapons a city has the less likely people will be to commit violent acts.
Coplen said: “It’s our hypothesis that criminals do not want to die in your hallway. We think that society should use that fear to deter crime … We’re giving folks the tools with which to defend their life, liberty and property, we’re training them how to use the weapons and empowering citizens.”
KTVA reports that the Armed Citizen Group has already started handing out free shotguns in Houston. Coplen said that after a neighborhood is properly armed he’ll put up warning signs telling criminals to stay away. You know, kind of like a “Beware Of Dog” sign except with shotguns.
The group hopes to bring its program to Chicago where gun violence has been on the rise. Coplen said that he is currently talking to lawyers to see if there will be any legal obstacles that will prevent him from handing out shotguns in the city.
What do you think about the Armed Citizen Project? Will handing out free shotguns in 15 cities help decrease crime?