What is the Armed Citizen Project?

The Armed Citizen Project is dedicated to facilitating the arming of law abiding citizens, and analyzing the relationship between increased firearm availability and  rates.  We are choosing mid-high crime neighborhoods in cities across America, and offering defensive weapons to citizens that can pass a background check, and that will take our safety, legal, and tactical training.  The data that we collect will be used in the completion of a policy study that will measure the deterrent effects of firearms on crime.
Why is this fight important?

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. 

Are there any gun-control measures that you support?

We are not going to get involved in the debate as to what measures we would support.  Our goal is simply to show and publicize the effect that guns have on crime rates. However, we will often defer to the Constitution's written language.  The term "shall not" is a legally clear "Hands-Off," while "infringed" is but a minor transgression.  The second amendment is absolutely clear that the amendment process is the only legitimate path to enact gun-control laws.  We have an amendment process in this country, and gun-control laws like "assault-weapon" bans are only valid if passed via Amendment process, and anything else undermines the rule of law.

Where will efforts be focused?

Armed citizen, nothing in my house is worth your life.
The Armed Citizen Project is targeting mid to high crime areas to establish as gun rich zones.  Through private donations, we will seek to arm specific blocks, while pursuing a media strategy that will ensure that we will increase the broader communities awareness of these zones.  The goal is to find if there exists a causal link between an increase in the presence of firearms and the level of crime. 

What do we hope to prove?

Gun-rights advocates are often left to use of small town gun policies, like those in Kennesaw, Georgia, or of overzealous gun-control resulting in historically high levels of gun violence, like in Chicago, to demonstrate the utter failure of gun-control policies on crime reduction.  Gun-control advocates often dismiss these cases, and maintain that causation cannot be proven due to a number of external variables, like culture or socio-economic conditions.  Our goal is to provide direct empirical evidence that can identify any statistically significant relationships, and possibly even prove causation. 

How will we arm citizens, and what will we arm them with?

Through using existing crime data, we will decide on a few areas that will be a fit with this project.  Regardless of where we decide to operate, our principles will remain the same.  All citizens of the area that wish to receive a weapon must , and have lived in their current home for over one year.  Those receiving a weapon will do so upon completion of our safety and tactical course, which we will administer.

All participants that wish to receive a weapon, and take our training, will receive a shotgun. There are many reasons for us to use this type of weapon, and it will be our standard weapon of use.  They are easy to use, less expensive than other weapons, and effective against intruders. Additionally, every shotgun will come equipped with a lock, that can be locked behind the trigger, thus leaving the weapon inoperable to those that are not authorized to use the weapon.

Another BIG reason for using this style of defensive weapon, is to challenge the anti-gun lobby on a claim they often make.  We are now quite used to hearing arguments along the lines of "why do you need an "assault weapon" for home defense?"  These gun-control proponents often insist that they do believe in the right to bear arms to some extent, and we are challenging them to prove it.  If an "assault weapon" is too extreme to be used for home defense, then there must necessarily be a weapon that is acceptable for home defense, or else the gun-control proponent is being blatantly intellectually dishonest.  This style of firearm is likely to be the most palatable to any gun-control proponent that claims to believe in the right of self-defense, and we challenge them to reveal who they really are.

Does this mean we advise against higher powered/capacity defensive weapons?

Absolutely not.  For the purposes of this project, we aim to keep it simple.  Of course the stronger the firepower, and more shots that are able to be fired will increase the odds of success.  If a gang of four breaks into your house, it is best for your wife to be equipped with 30 rounds of .223 if possible, and we fully support the decision of firearm owners to be prepared for all eventualities. 

How will this project utilize the free market to achieve its goals?

We have an operable pay-pal account, and are in the process of registering as a 501(c)(3) non-profit.  The firearms will be purchased with donations to this site, and may cover other expenses that will be incurred in the process of the analysis portion of this project.

Aren't you afraid of potential legal issues?

Many people have asked me if I am concerned about the potential liability that I may incur from this project.  The short answer is no.  We will follow every applicable law, and weapons will only go to those that qualify.  We are a very litigious society, and I refuse to be bullied into inaction.  Even if, heaven-forbid, one of our weapons is misused in a manner causing injury or death, one would have to accept the premise that guns, not people, cause crime, in order to find us liable.  I will not play into the hands of the anti-gun establishment.  The future belongs to the bold, we must fight. 

How can I help?

By donating.  This effort will only be successful if we as gun supporters are willing to invest in destroying the anti-gun narrative that currently pervades our media.  The more donations that we receive  the more neighborhoods we can arm.  If you live in the Houston area, we are even able to accept firearm donations.  You can help us by visiting our Take Action page. 

What other projects are being considered by the Armed Citizen Project?

We would like take a role in being the counter to the anti-gun practice of gun buybacks.  It is our opinion that we would be well served by offering training to those that decide they do not want to own a firearm that they do not know how to use.  We would like to offer training to those that would otherwise sell their gun for a gift card, and even trade them for brand-new shotguns, provided they attend a training session.  We want to reverse the flow of guns, to where they are flowing into a community, along with the necessary safety training and skills.

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