Group Aims to Arm the Underprivileged

Group Aims to Arm the Underprivileged

Arming the poor in dangerous neighborhoods-- that's the goal of a group called the Armed Citizen Project.
MEMPHIS, TN – Arming the poor in dangerous neighborhoods—that’s the goal of a group called the “Armed Citizens Project.”

The ACP plans to expand across the country, and Memphis certainly has neighborhoods that fit the description.

The Armed Citizen Project wants to help underprivileged people protect themselves. To do that—they’re asking for money to provide free guns and training to underprivileged people in 15 cities across the United States.

To paraphrase a saying from long, long ago: “Guns for the poor.”

If the Armed Citizens Project has its way—guns are exactly what the underprivileged will have.

In a news release the ACP’s stated goal is to: “Help the underprivileged in dangerous neighborhoods—arm—to defend themselves.”

“No, that’s not a good idea,” Midtown resident Beverly Harper, told localmemphis.com, “no, it’s not. Everybody be dead around here then.”

The ACP currently operates in Houston and Tucson, with plans to expand to underprivileged neighborhoods in 15 cities.

Silvester Leigh told localmemphis.com how he thought that would go over in Memphis.

“It wouldn’t be too good.” Leigh said.

Others echoed the same sentiment.

“I think that’s a bad idea,” said Tom Campbell, “putting guns in people’s hands.”

The ACP does not see it that way, stating: “We go into some of America’s toughest neighborhoods and even the score between criminals and law abiding citizens.”

“I don’t think we should just give guns to people,” said gun enthusiast Ann Frederichs, “they can hurt society—when they give a gun to people that don’t quality.”

Helping the underprivileged become qualified is part of the Project’s goal; but even if there with the proposed training there were not many takers.

“I think in such neighborhoods,” said frequent range shooter Fabian Fieg, “it is easy to break into houses. So, dangerous people could get these weapons and hurt other people.”

“Putting a gun in the wrong person’s hands,” said Leigh, “you don’t really know who you’re dealing with.”

Even the ACP’s claim that: “Bad guys are armed to the teeth and the good guys are prevented from defending themselves”, didn’t sway opinions when it came to giving away guns.

“I don’t think I want no gun.” Campbell told localmemphis.com.

“They didn’t think that through,” said Fieg, “I think it’s a really bad idea.”

The Armed Citizen Project did send their release to localmemphis.com. but, whether Memphis is one of their targeted cities remains unclear.

Several attempts to get in touch with the organization went unanswered. It does have its own website: www.armedcitizenproject.org.

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