Houston Community’s Gun Giveaway Begins

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Strain’s northwest Houston community of Oak Forest is the first neighborhood in the country being trained and equipped by the Armed Citizen Project, a Houston nonprofit that is giving away free shotguns to single women and residents of neighborhoods with high crime rates.

While many cities have tried gun buy-backs and other tactics in the ongoing national debate on gun control, the nonprofit and its supporters say gun giveaways to responsible owners are actually a better way to deter crime. The organization, which plans to offer training classes in Dallas, San Antonio, and Tucson, Ariz., in the next few weeks, is working to expand its giveaways to 15 cities by the end of the year, including Chicago and New York…

Residents of Oak Forest say their neighborhood, made up of older one-story houses and a growing number of new townhomes, has experienced a recent rash of driveway robberies and home burglaries. On a recent Sunday afternoon, a group of 10 residents, including Strain, went through training at Shiloh Shooting, a northwest Houston gun range.

Kyle Coplen, the project’s 29-year-old founder said his group expects to train at least 50 Oak Forest residents and put up signs saying the neighborhood is armed.

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  • Kent2012

    hopefully they will give them 20 guage or 410s…….

  • Nellie CA

    This is the first good news I have heard from the assalt on gun owners and famlies. I was taught how to use a gun at age 7 and my kids all were taught how to use guns and my grand kids are all able to use guns.
    We need to start early, kids need to respect guns and the use of the gun. Two of my kids were in Police explorer program. Mountain rescue and gun training. My grandson was accepted by the Navy and sharp shooter, another grandson was trained in fire dept explorer program and went into Coast Guard at age 18. These programs are important to our country and community.
    If you are going to point a gun at an intruder you better be able to shoot that gun and defend everyone.
    We should follow Israel’s programs on youth in the Military, they spend one year in Military and weekends to stay trained. There are exceptions! But this also includes women.