Update 3/11/2018 12:20PM: The GoFundMe campaign has been taken down. The author is reaching out to Brian Ellison for a comment in the reasoning.
Michigan Libertarian Brian Ellison has taken a unique approach to promoting his Senatorial campaign: starting a fundraiser to provide 20 pump shotguns to the homeless to allow them to protect themselves, as long as they pass a background check, are of legal age to own a firearm and receive proper training.
“Homeless people are one of the most marginalized and victimized people in this country. We need to step up and help these people protect themselves. This problem cannot be ignored any longer. Consider joining my campaign to help Arm The Homeless,” stated Ellison via social media.
The GoFundMe campaign goes into further detail to explain how the rate of violence of a homeless person is “highly disparate” from the general population. 14-21% of homeless citizens report experiencing a violent crime as opposed to the 2% of the general population.
Citing the Florida shooting as evidence, the campaign states “How long can we as a society sit back and allow peaceful citizens of this great country to be targets for those that view them as weak targets? According to case law in the decision of Warren v. District of Columbia, the police do not owe a specific duty to provide police services to citizens. What this means is that as individuals we can not count on the police to protect us, as they are under no obligation to do so.”
Ellison’s platform for his Senatorial run includes allowing people their right to protect themselves, ending the war on drugs, the TSA and the Department of Education, and free trade among nations.
Click here to donate to Brian Ellison’s Arm The Homeless campaign.