The Armed Citizen Project (ACP) has the objective of giving every law-abiding citizen in America a free shotgun. The organization has already made waves in Texas – next on its list is the violence-plagued city of Chicago.
Kyle Coplen, founder of the ACP, explained: “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.”
To that end, the ACP targets citizens in high-crime and medium-crime areas. They give homeowners and single women shotguns and free training with the hopes that the guns will lead to safer neighborhoods.
Supporters of the ACP feel that a shotgun in every home will make criminals think twice about committing a crime. Critics fear that adding guns to crime-wracked neighborhoods will only add more fuel to the fire. Some of the recipients could easily turn around and sell the free guns on eBay or on a street corner in order to make a quick buck.
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However, the ACP argues that it isn’t very likely that these guns will end up in the hands of criminals. Criminals generally avoid using shotguns because the bulky weapons are hard to hide and they don’t hold many shells. Shotguns, on the other hand, are perfect for a home because the firearm’s weight won’t be an issue and shotguns embody the raw intimidation factor that ACP hopes will scare off criminals.
The ACP intends to put a shotgun in one out of every four houses in certain neighborhoods. They then want to put up signs warning criminals about the influx of shotguns. Theoretically, the new guns would transform any potential robbery into a game of Russian roulette as criminals try their 75 percent survival odds.
The only thing standing in the ACP’s way is Chicago’s complicated gun laws. The Windy City has some of the most restrictive gun control laws in the country. The ACP is checking with its lawyers to make sure that the plan will go off without a hitch in Chicago.
The only question that remains is whether or not Coplen's hypothesis is correct. Will these new guns lead to a decrease in criminal activity, or will they simply add more deaths in a region that's already plagued with gun violence?
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Is this a good idea?
Source: Chicago CBS Local