Michigan US Senate candidate Brian Ellison, launches voluntary campaign to Arm The Homeless
March 13, 2018
Madison Heights, MI – On March 9, 2018, Michigan Libertarian Candidate for US Senate Brian Ellison launched a new initiative to help protect the downtrodden, through his voluntarily funded campaign to Arm The Homeless..
About The Campaign
America’s homeless population is one of the most marginalized and victimized groups in this country. Not only are they constantly under threat from would be criminals, but they are also under threat from governments at various levels that criminalize activities that homeless people rely on for survival.
According to a report published by Springer Publishing Company, LLC entitled Violence and Victims, Volume 29, Number 1, 2014, “Individuals who are homeless have an increased risk of experiencing myriad social problems including victimization and violence.”
The report goes on to explain that “The prevalence of violence victimization in the homeless population has been estimated to range from 14% to 21% and approximately one-third report having witnessed a physical attack on another person who was homeless. This rate of violence is highly disparate when compared to the general population in which only 2% report experiencing a violent crime.”
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. We saw this recently in the Parkland shooting, when Broward County Sheriff Deputies stood outside while a gunman killed 17 students and teachers. I believe it is time we take a stand against the injustice and victimization of the homeless.
We will start the campaign by fundraising to purchase 20 pump style shotguns. All recipients will be required to pass a background check, be of legal age to own a firearm, and receive proper training on safety and operation of the firearm.
The announcement was made via his facebook page “Brian Ellison for US Senate” (@EllisonforSenate) and linked to a donation site where supporters could help fund the cause. On Sunday morning, the initial donation site was taken down, but was later replaced with another that links through the Candidate website at www.ellison4senate.com/arm-the-homeless