FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Houston - April 25, 2013 -
The Armed Citizen Project is dedicated to empowering citizens and deterring crimeby providing free training and defensive pump-action shotguns to residents of mid-high crime neighborhoods.They havebeen using existing crime data, and have been working with citizens in the community to determine the neighborhoodsthat they will be training and arming. On Sunday, May 5
, they will begin to train and arm their first neighborhood inHouston, and will soon begin arming residents in other U.S cities. The Armed Citizen Project will be in at least 15 cities bythe end of the year, and has the goal of providing training and weapons to over 1,000 households in their inaugural year.They have chosen a neighborhood in Northwest Houston as their first neighborhood to arm. The neighborhoodlies within the 77092 zip code, near 610/290/T.C. Jester Park. The rise in crime over the last several years has negativelyimpacted the lives of the residents, and home values in the area. The area was recommended by citizens and members of law enforcement, and the data validates that this area would benefit from the program.In his final semester of the Masters of Public Administration program at the University of Houston, Kyle has alove of policy analysis, and has always been interested in the relationship between how criminals perceive levels of riskand crime rates.
It is our hypothesis that criminals have no intention of dying in your hallway, and we believe thatsociety should use that fear to deter crime.
The Armed Citizen Project is dedicated to facilitating the arming of law abiding citizens, and analyzing therelationship between increased firearm availability and crime rates. They are choosing mid-high crime neighborhoods incities across America, and offering defensive weapons to homeowners that can pass a background check and willparticipate in safety, legal, and tactical training. The data collected will be used in the completion of a policy study that willmeasure the deterrent effects of firearms on crime. While a multi-year/multi-city will be conducted, the organization isfirst and foremost a charitable nonprofit, motivated by the desire to help fellow citizens. They have been training andarming single women/mothers and the elderly, and are now ready to arm entire neighborhoods.Once an appropriate number of homeowners are armed, they intend to place signs in the neighborhood warningcriminals of the increased risk that exists to those that illegally enter a home. Homeowners that choose not to participatein the program may potentially benefit, as the criminal will not know which homes are armed. By tracking and analyzing
Contact: Kyle Coplen
Executive Director Armed Citizen ProjectKyle@armedcitizenproject.org www.armedcitizenproject.org