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Activist To Hand Out Shotguns In High-Crime Areas

March 27, 2013  | 

Photo via simonov/Flickr.
Photo via simonov/Flickr.
A Tucson, Ariz., activist said he plans to hand out free shotguns in three high-crime neighborhoods to help citizens and police deter criminal activity.

Shaun McClusky told the Tucson Weekly citizens will receive the shotgun, slugs, and a cleaning kit. They will undergo a background check and training class. McClusky said he has raised $12,000 for the program and plans to hand out three dozen break-action scatter guns.

McClusky is working with the Armed Citizen Project and said he will target the neighborhoods of Pueblo Gardens, Midvale Park, and Grant-Campbell. Ward 6 Councilman Steve Kozachik, who lives in Campbell-Grant, called the plan "absolute lunacy," adding that "these people have lost their minds."

McClusky has questioned the city's funding level for the Tucson Police Department, calling for greater resources for officers.

Comments (15)

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Fed Cop @ 3/28/2013 9:58 AM

Not a smart move. Those shotguns will probably end up being stolen and used by the perps. He'd be better donating them (or the $$) to the PD and let themselves arm up.

[email protected] @ 3/28/2013 3:25 PM

Fed Cop, I guess your from either the East Coast or Kalifonia. We Arizonians understand the duty of securing our weapons, as well as the keeping our homes and family safe. Tucson PD is working to rid the city of those that would harm the honest, law biding citizens. As to donating "break open" shotguns to the PD, why? And giving the money would be of no benefit to the cop on the street because they'd never see it. I guess you missed the part about background checks and training, right? Blues, Stay Safe.

[email protected] @ 3/28/2013 3:32 PM

Oh, By the way, Mr.Kozachik is a Democrat as of January. Figures huh?

Frank @ 3/28/2013 4:31 PM

Lunacy Not! If VP Biden says a shotgun is good. Then we must all obey the VP. Shotguns it is, Duckbill Barrel 870 Remingtons. Choice weapon in Nam.

Rick @ 3/28/2013 4:31 PM

Crooks understand what armed citizens mean to them; a possible death penalty for their actions.

gunner @ 3/28/2013 4:49 PM

When seconds count the UNDERSTAFFED POLICE are only minutes away. People need to take care of their own Families and Property, the first cuts made in most City budgets are POLICE AND FIRE leaving the citizens easy prey for Billy Bad Guy. I hope there are many more Mr. McClusky's spread throughout this Country.
God Bless our Magnificint Troops and Law Enforcement that put their lives on the line 24/7 to keep the Country SAFE.
Semper Fi, Carry On!

Tom Ret @ 3/28/2013 5:00 PM

Arming law abiding citizens coupled with training and a background check
could have a deterrent effect whereas disarming citizens will not. Hopefully, they won't be loading them up with "slugs" but something will a little less penetrative power.

DPB @ 3/28/2013 5:46 PM

Awesome! Someone is standing up for the defensless!

Fed Cop, quit drinking the cool aid!

RICHARD ISAACS @ 3/28/2013 6:06 PM


Mike @ 3/28/2013 11:30 PM

So can anyone explain why we have such a low approval rating for politicians yet they continue with a 90% recidivism rate? How do these idiots keep getting elected?

Bob @ VA @ 3/29/2013 5:18 AM

This is a super idea. The real first responder is always the intended victim. With proper training, these armed citizens will dramatically up the risk factor for predatory low-lifes. Turn a few perps into chalk outlines and the crime rate will drop dramatically.

jon @ 3/29/2013 1:27 PM

Thats why I LOVE ARIZONA !!!

A freedom loving state with TRUE patriots...

Capy.Crunch @ 3/31/2013 5:38 PM

Shot guns good idea, Drones better idea.

ChiefP @ 4/1/2013 4:15 AM

@ Fed Cop, did you know why it’s a good idea for folks to arm themselves and carry weapons? Because cops are too heavy to carry on your back everywhere you go. With an understaffed and underfunded police department that means well and is probably doing the very best they can the next logical step is to arm and train the law abiding citizens to help defend themselves and property.

The fact that you see flaw in that makes me curious about the profession you seem to claim with your name as well as your ability to think rationally. It is absolutely a person’s right and duty to protect themselves, their family and property from threats. The fact that most police actually respond to crime scenes after the fact should indicate a need to be trained and armed.

pump action @ 11/11/2014 9:05 AM

Men don't have to protect lady's anymore

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