News

Houston Group Giving Away Shotguns In High-Crime Neighborhoods To Test If Crime Is Reduced (page 2)

View Comments
A University of Houston graduate student says he’s conducting a study to hopefully answer the question being debated across the country, “Do more guns reduce crime or not?” (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

A University of Houston graduate student says he’s conducting a study to hopefully answer the question being debated across the country, “Do more guns reduce crime or not?” (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Featured Items

77820352_8Hot Cheerleader - Funny Faces 2014

Small-WttJersey Ads Are Coming

Small-WttWatch: Are You Smarter Than A 6-10?

From Our CBS Music Sites

77820352_8JJ Watt Gives Huge Welcome To Rookie, Zach Mettenberger

77820352_8Things Middle Class Americans Can't Afford Anymore

154061765 Houston Group Giving Away Shotguns In High Crime Neighborhoods To Test If Crime Is Reduced The 4 Most Haunted Sites In Houston

77820352_8Last Minute Halloween Costumes

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up

All recipients must first pass a background check and have lived in their current home for longer than one year. They must also pass a safety and tactical course offered by the group.

“We’re not just tossing a bunch of shotguns into a community and walking away,” Coplen told Fox 26. “What we’re doing is finding residents who are interested in protecting themselves. we’re not forcing guns on anyone.”

The group’s website states that the study’s goal is, “to find if there exists a causal link between an increase in the presence of firearms and the level of crime.”

The group is still analyzing data to determine which neighborhoods they will use for what is expected to be a year-long study.

In addition to arming citizens, the group hopes to counter local gun buyback programs and instead educate those who want to give up their weapons with training sessions, or have those weapons traded in for 20-gauge shotguns. “We want to reverse the flow of guns, to where they are flowing into a community, along with the necessary safety training and skills,” the site states.

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 25,210 other followers