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Group Takes Controverisal Step of Donating Guns to Houston Neighborhood to Help People Protect Themselves

The right to bear arms is taking on a whole new look in one Houston neighborhood.

A nonprofit organization called the Armed Citizen Project will hand out shotguns to people in a high-crime area of the city as a means to protect themselves.

Armed Citizen Project founder Kyle Coplen says furnishing people with guns makes a lot of sense:

They’re pretty inexpensive, easy to learn how to use and they make good home defense weapons.”

The group has its sights on donating shotguns to between 50 and 100 people, but only after they undergo training and pass a background check.

The controversial initiative falls in line with the organization’s overall plan of “empowering neighborhoods” in other cities, such as Dallas, Indianapolis, Chicago, Detroit, New York and Tucson, where Gabrielle Giffords was infamously shot in 2011, along with six other people who died.

Coplen says, “We’re giving folks the tools with which to defend their life, liberty and property, training them how to use the weapons and empowering citizens.”

The Armed Citizen Project has already made a point of handing out guns to single mothers and the elderly, but it’s never given weapons to a large population of one specific neighborhood.


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