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Was offering shotguns a good idea?

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"Members of a gun-rights group think they have the answer to combating crime — free shotguns and ammo to homeowners.
Members of the Armed Citizen Project of Florida have been dropping leaflets on doorsteps in the Sunshine Gardens community near Orlando, Fla., offering to “arm volunteer households,” for free.
“This is perfectly legal because what we’re doing is we’re offering first of all a certified gun-instruction class, but we’re not handing out the shotguns whatsoever.” the ACP state director Ron Ritter told local NBC affiliate WESH.
Ritter said a firearms retailer would supply the shotguns and ammunition and transfer ownership once the volunteer passes a background check.
Many residents interviewed by local media seemed a baffled by the effort, particularly since the community isn’t known as a high crime area.
"That's what really cracked me up," Cathy Rodgers, who has lived in the community for seven years, told the Orlando Sentinel. "I've never felt unsafe in my neighborhood. I just feel like they're preying on people's fears."
The Florida group, which is affiliated with a Texas organization, has yet to give away even one shotgun since it was founded in the Tampa area, Ritter said.
That seemed to be fine with some residents.
“Everybody has the right to bear arms,” Robin McLaughlin told WESH, “but that doesn’t mean we should all have a firearm for our own protection."
According to the Armed Citizen Project’s national website, run by its flagship Houston, Texas, chapter, the group is “dedicated to facilitating the arming of law abiding citizens” in order to fight crime.
The group’s founder, Kyle Coplen, made headlines in May when he said he wanted to give away free shotguns to New Yorkers.
A phone call to Ken Geis, a volunteer on the Orlando shotgun giveaway, was not immediately returned."
-By Jeff Black, Staff Writer, NBC News

Group offers free shotguns to fight crime in Florida suburb - U.S. News


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This is an interesting story and I like the underlying concept. They ARE effectively generating interest and discussion, which was more than likely their main objective in the first place.

I take a different tact: When I meet someone who has an interest in guns, but has never shot them, I go out of my way to be ingratiating and help them learn to shoot. We don't need an "Armed Citizens Project"...we all just need to introduce one or two people to shooting each year, along with raising our children to have the appropriate understanding and respect for firearms.

In America, each one of us is as strong and important as all of us...a concept more and more folks have lost sight of, it seems. We don't need a group, or panel, or project to get something done. We just need to exercise our individual freedoms, while instructing others in the responsible use of the same.
 

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I also like the concept, it focuses on those who are interested and those who aren't shouldn't feel threatened.

The normal response of those who are oblivious of the world around them, "I've never felt unsafe in my neighborhood. I just feel like they're preying on people's fears." and “but that doesn’t mean we should all have a firearm for our own protection."
Funny how those of that mind set are among the first to cry for more gun laws and police protection when they become victims.
 

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Broom you hit the nail on the kid when it comes to kids. We have to teach them the respect that firearms need.

Problem with society is that lots of kids arent taught to respect themselves much less guns .
 
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