Here’s a buyback program we could all support. It’s actually less of a gun buyback and more of a gun giveaway. The organization is called the Armed Citizen Project. They’re working on becoming a 501(c)(3) organization, but that could take a while since they’re a conservative, gun-rights group. We know how the IRS likes to take their time with those types of people.
The ACP takes monetary donations as well as firearm donations. But instead of being a way to get guns off the streets like in typical police gun buybacks, they’re turning around and giving these donated guns as well as training to unarmed Americans (after performing background checks). As the director Kyle Caplen said, “We’ve combined Joe Biden’s love of shotguns with Obama’s love of redistribution.” So, ACP is calling this giveaway their “Redistribution of Firepower Program.”
They’ve been in the news several times before for arming particularly vulnerable citizens like single mothers and the urban poor. They’re in the news again, because they’ve announced they’re expanding their Redistribution of Firepower Program to Texas and Florida. Their press release stated, in part:
“The group’s founder, Kyle Coplen said, ‘We see this as a buyback we can believe in, one that removes old and unused firearms from homes of existing gun owners, and uses them to create new responsible gun owners in our own communities. Residents of Texas and Florida can now donate their unused firearms to ACP, and will receive a number of gifts, including one raffle ticket to win a custom painted AR-15 with custom made, 3-D printed 30-round magazine. More importantly, donors will receive one transferable ‘Empowerment Scholarship,’ giving them the opportunity to ensure that ACP trains and arms members of their own community. ‘We all know a single mom or widow, or retiree who would benefit from being trained and armed with a free pump action shotgun.’”
They plan on training about 500 single mothers and other women nationally on August 10th, a day they’re calling National Empowerment Day. Their effort in training and arming these women is their response to the liberal “war on women” that leaves women defenseless from violent crimes because of the gun control culture. I look forward to seeing if this Redistribution of Firepower Program has any effect on crime rates in the neighborhoods that benefit from the ACP’s free shotguns and training.