As headlines around the world highlight the city of Chicago's issue with violence, one pro-gun group has what it thinks is a brilliant solution for the city: free guns. At the NRA's convention in Houston over the weekend - just days after a guy opened fire in the Houston Airport - the Armed Citizen Project announced plans to flood 15 cities, including Chicago, with free guns.
Said the group's founder, Kyle Coplen, according to CBS 2, "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." By the ACP's (faulty) logic, nothing makes for a good experiment like releasing a large number of instruments proven to cause mass death and mayhem in a city that is already suffering from mass death and mayhem. It's doubtful, for example, that the CDC thinks zeroing in on a town rife with swine flu and releasing more strains of the virus in that area would do much to reduce the number of people who die from swine flu.
But I digress.
According to the ACP's website, the group is moving forward with this "fight" because:
Gun-control advocates often argue that an increase in guns in an area will lead to an increase in crime, while gun-rights advocates often believe that fewer guns result in more crime. While both sides often argue that their opponents policies will result in more crime, gun-control proponents have largely been the victors when it comes to policy implementation. Pro-gun activists have largely been content to simply fend off new potential gun control laws. It is our belief that gun-rights activists must take the offensive, and actively encourage the increased presence of defensive weapons in society. Both sides believe that their policies will result in less crime, and it is about time that our side begins to act with the conviction and courage that it will take to win the debate.
In an interview with DNA Info, Coplen, an Indiana native, described himself as a Cubs fan and said, "It really breaks my heart to see what's going on in that city." Coplen is checking with his attorneys to make sure handing out deadly weapons for free in Chicago is legal here, saying Chicago's strict gun laws will be a good litmus test for his project. The group's website hails the beginning of the project in Houston, giving the city's "poor" residents (whatever that means) a single-shot shotgun, meaning we'll finally live to see the film Hobo With A Shotgun come to life. Other cities in the ACP's bulls-eye are New York and Detroit, which means we'll finally live to see the film Robocop come to life.