Libertarian Party US Senate candidate proposes arming homeless people with shotguns

The Guardian

A Michigan candidate for US Senate has proposed arming homeless people with pump-action shotguns in an effort to reduce crime.

Brian Ellison, who is running against Democratic incumbent Debbie Stabenow, says homeless people are “constantly victims of violent crime” and providing them with firearms would provide a deterrent.

Ellison, a Libertarian who is expected to be the party’s candidate in the November midterm election, said he had settled on pump-action shotguns for practicality purposes.

“Frankly I think the ideal weapon would be a pistol,” he told the Guardian, “but due to the licensing requirements in the state we’re going to have a hard enough time getting homeless people shotguns as it is.

“Getting them pistols is probably next to impossible. The pistols need to be registered, people have to have addresses.”

Carrying a concealed pistol is illegal without a permit, Ellison said, “whereas open-carrying a long gun is completely legal”.

“So we thought that pump-action shotguns were a suitable alternative to a pistol.”

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8 thoughts on “Libertarian Party US Senate candidate proposes arming homeless people with shotguns

  1. Anthony Dlugos

    Ellison said he did not think the plan was dangerous.

    “Well, are you worried about the police being armed with military weapons?” he asked.

    “I am. The world we live in is a scary world, where the police who used to dress in short-sleeved shirts and carry a revolver now have long rifles with scopes and bulletproof vests and armoured vehicles.

    “And quite frankly that scares me much more than a homeless person trying to defend themselves with a shotgun.”

    lol.

    Whether they admit it or not (and some will have no problem admitting it) the purists approve.

  2. dL

    “And quite frankly that scares me much more than a homeless person trying to defend themselves with a shotgun.”

    lol

    Actually, homeless women are a highly victimized group. Assault and sexual assault. I don’t know about shotguns, but i can think a lot worse ways to spend public money than handing out free handguns to the homeless for self defense.

  3. Starchild

    How would these shotguns and ammunition be paid for? I hope Brian Ellison isn’t talking about using stolen taxpayer dollars to fund this program.

    I’m glad he proposes some kind of screening, as many people on the streets have mental issues, and I don’t think we’d want some of those folks armed.

    Homeless people being armed isn’t a bad idea overall though. The homeless existence is more off-the-grid and outside the control structures than that of most members of society, which makes it a kind of libertarian segment in some respects.

  4. Starchild

    We don’t want violent revolution, but if it comes to that, we want people who are marginalized and oppressed by the system, and won’t likely be in the enforcers’ camp, to be armed.

  5. Starchild

    I would be more concerned about a candidate supporting “public” (i.e. government) nukes, since those are the ones that actually exist and pose a threat in the world today.

  6. Andy

    What is the candidate is suggesting giving guns already paid for by the taxpayers, say gun that the police or military or some other government agency has, and giving those to the homeless?

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