Sunday, March 31, 2013

Free shotguns, ammo and training offered in ’anti-rape’ kit by Houston group

An initiative to arm citizens in high-crime neighborhoods with shotguns, and provide training in how to use them, is a first-of-its-kind program, the Huffington Post reported today, March 29. The Houston-based organization behind this effort, The Armed Citizen Project (ACP), was launched this February with the mission to facilitate “the arming of law abiding citizens." The group plans to analyze the relationship between increased firearm availability and crime rates.

Earlier this week, the group announced the launch of its anti-rape kit initiative. This project will provide free guns, ammunition and training to Houston area women. According to the ACP, the city of Houston has a backlog of 7,000 unprocessed rape kits, kits used to collect evidence needed to identify and prosecute rapists. This backlog in the criminal justice system allows violent criminals to remain at large.

The group believes arming and training vulnerable women to protect themselves is a more effective way of preventing rape, and is more cost-effective. The city spends $400 to process one rape kit.

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