The topic of gun control has been a hotly contested narrative for years now, but especially since February’s latest mass shooting. Lawmakers have been hypothesizing possible alternative legislation to reduce crimes using firearms. But one would-be lawmaker seems to have watched the film “Hobo with a Shotgun” one too many times as he just purposed an outlandish law.
Brian Ellison, a Michigan candidate for US Senate, purposed we give the homeless population shotguns to help reduce crime.
His argument? Easy. Homeless people are “constantly victims of violent crime” and if we would provide a means for them to be able to protect themselves, there would be less violence.
When speaking to The Guardian, Ellison clarified his previous statement of arming the homeless. “Frankly I think the ideal weapon would be a pistol,” he said, “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,” he concluded.
As if constituents were not already scratching their heads over this proposal, Ellison further indicated that the homeless would have to “pre-qualify” to make sure they were suitable to carry a firearm.
The fact is that a large portion of the homeless have mental health issues, so Ellison’s proposal could create more problems than it fixes.
Fox News reported that homeless people would not be forced to take a shotgun if it did not suit them.
“The first thing that we’re gonna do is ask them if they think this is something that would benefit them. We’re certainly not trying to force anything on anybody,” Ellison amended.
The libertarian added that ammunition would be provided on a need basis. If one of the homeless used their gun inappropriately — such as shooting at cans or cars — they would not receive more ammunition.
How he plans to differentiate between them protecting themselves and shooting at cans is unclear.
He is a former soldier who served in Iraq. Another one of his suggested changes is limiting the numbers of TSA and DEA agents, according to his website. Ellison is running against Democratic incumbent Debbie Stabenow.