Free guns vs. free school supplies: Dueling giveaways fight for community support
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TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Free guns or free school supplies?
"Let the community decide which effort they promote more," said Sal Baldenegro.
It's a choice before three Tucson area neighborhoods: Midvale Park, Jefferson Park and Pueblo Gardens. They are areas of town targeted for free shotguns by Sean McClusky and the Armed Citizens Project.
"It's supply and demand," said McClusky. "If they want it, we'll be there for it."
Problem is a lot of residents don't want them. It's why Baldenegro launched the school supply drive targeting the same neighborhoods.
"Giving away guns will not make our community safer," he said. "It's going to destabilize it."
McClusky says the shotguns will only make neighborhoods safer. And although critics bash his plan, he supports the school supply giveaway.
"Why can't we do it together?" said McClusky. "Let's do two-fold."
9OYS reporter Marcelino Benito asked councilman Steve Kozachik "why not both?"
"Because the residents don't want both," said Kozachik. "It's that simple."
Kozachik says McClusky's push for more guns under the veil of better public safety is just shameless self promotion.
"If we would do a little bit of homework instead of spouting his mouth off, he'd be better off," said Kozachik.
But McClusky plans to put his money where his mouth is and donate $300 for the school supply drive.
"He can donate if he likes," said Baldenegro. "But if he really wants to help he would take money from his program and give it to this or the other programs really making a positive impact on this community."
For more information on the Armed Citizens Project click here.
For more information on Tucson's school supply giveaway, click here.