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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Welcome to “This Week In Crazy,” The National Memo’s weekly update on the wildest attacks, conspiracy theories, and other loony behavior from the increasingly unhinged right wing. Starting with number five:

5: Shaun McClusky


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Shaun McClusky has a novel idea for solving Tucson’s crime problem: buying every citizen a shotgun.

McClusky, a Tea Party activist who unsuccessfully ran for mayor of Tucson in 2011, claims to have already raised $12,000 to pay for single-break-action shotguns and background checks for the residents of crime-heavy neighborhoods.

“We need to take back our city, and it needs to come back to the citizens and not the criminals,” McClusky explained. “Right now, the criminal element is winning.”

The plan is part of the Armed Citizens Project, which hopes to test whether more guns actually do reduce crime. This theory has never been scientifically proven, although there is ample evidence suggesting the exact opposite effect.

Of course if the NRA rhetoric that McClusky clearly believes proves correct, it would mean that background checks are essentially useless. Which would mean that McClusky would almost certainly be providing free shotguns for the “criminal element” that he believes is running Tucson. Tucson citizens had better hope that McClusky is about as good at collecting shotguns as he is at collecting signatures.