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Gun Giveaway in Tucson Sparks Controversy

BY RELEVANT CURRENT March 29, 2013

A gun giveaway program in Tucson, Ariz.—the location of a 2011 mass shooting that killed six people and injured several others, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords—has sparked a controversy among local residents. The giveaway is part of The Armed Citizen Project, an initiative that gives shotguns and gun training to homeowners and single women that live in areas with high crime rates. Gun advocates in the state donated $12,500 to the campaign. The Armed Citizen Project wants to arm hundreds of citizens in at least 15 major cities this year. Critics of the program say that the $400 that it costs to arm and train each recipient could be better used to help at-need residents in the community, and say that higher gun ownership rates don’t equate to lower crime rates …

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