Fri Sep 27, 2013 9:30AM
A US gun group is offering free shotguns to residents of Florida in order to saturate American neighborhoods with guns. The Florida branch of the Texas-based Armed Citizens Project says it is seeking to create "gun rich" zones in moderate to high crime areas in Florida in order to see in what direction the crime rate would change when a neighborhood is saturated with guns. On Sunday, members of the group began advertising the program on fliers in the Sunshine Gardens neighborhood near Orlando. Ron Ritter, president of the gun group said guns would be distributed to all comers and expects to begin distributing shotguns "in the next 10 days." Earlier this year, his group also distributed guns among residents of Houston, Texas. Geovany Sinche, 40, a hotel maintenance worker in the Sunshine Gardens neighborhood, said he was surprised by the offer of receiving a free shotgun because, he said, crime is not a significant problem in the neighborhood he lives. "I don't think giving everyone guns is the solution. If I see something wrong, I call the police," said Sinche. The neighborhood is about 25 miles south of Sanford, where self-appointed neighborhood watch George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin, an unarmed African-American teenager. Zimmerman claims he shot the teen in self-defense after being attacked. Zimmerman was acquitted of murder in July by a Florida court. Thousands of Americans staged rallies across the country to protest Zimmerman’s acquittal in the death of the black teen. The United States has more guns and more gun related deaths than any other developed country in the world, according to a recent study by US physicians. There have been at least 17 mass shootings in the United States since the massacre of elementary school students and staff members in Newtown, Connecticut, last December. AHT/ISH