“Now that Chicago is finally getting a handle on gun violence, an NRA-affiliated group called the Armed Citizen Project wants to mess things up by handing out free shotguns here.” That’s Edward McClelland’s opening salvo in Group Wants To Give Shotguns to Single Moms [via nbc.chicago.com]. Mind you it is an editorial. So I guess it’s OK for Eddy to claim that Chicago is successfully addressing its status as the murder capital of the United States (500 firearms-related homicides last year) without providing supporting evidence. In the sense that an editorial gives a writer the freedom to make shit up without blowback. Like . . .
the statement that the Armed Citizen Project is NRA-affiliated. It isn’t. It’s an independent group. While pro-gun community organizer Kyle Coplen claims to be “NRA supported” the NRA hasn’t officially endorsed the Houstonian’s efforts to distribute shotguns to inner city inhabitants.
Mr. McClelland is selling the idea that Chicago is doing well tackling “gun violence” and the idea that the NRA’s handing out shotguns. That kind of propaganda is OK. Because in the gun grabbers’ twisted mind, civilian gun ownership is so bad that bending facts to suit their needs is a clear case of needs must. If it saves the life of one child . . .
Guns are bad. That’s it. That’s McClelland’s idée fixe (what wiki defines as “a preoccupation of mind held so firmly as to resist any attempt to modify it”). The possibility that guns [in civilian hands] can be used to reduce crime and save lives is as incredible to McClelland as the idea that Texas women aren’t hot to Cody Wilson. It’s so obvious it’s not worthy of debate.
Even so, a writer’s gotta write. McClelland’s gotta justify his disdain for the Armed Citizen Project—despite the fact that he’s pig ignorant about firearms.
Sadly, like so many who think they can solve the inner city’s problems with handouts, these well-intentioned gun enthusiasts will only make life worse for the objects of their charity. Introducing a new weapon into an urban area inspires the bad guys to go out and buy an even BIGGER weapon. The ACP will be contributing to an arms race in the inner city. Maybe one of our local gangbangers will win that AR-15 [raffled on ACP’s site].
Sure. Giving out shotguns to law-abiding citizens will force bad guys to buy bigger guns like . . . an AR-15. Which isn’t bigger. Or badder (at close distances). Does the man who’s ready, willing and chomping at the bit to condemn gunmakers, gun rights advocates and the NRA know thing one about using a shotgun for self-defense?
More to the point, what’s McClelland’s alternative to armed self-defense? Leave it to the police who are “finally getting a handle” on firearms-related crime. In other words, in a word, suffer. How sick is that?