GoFundMe Launched to Help Arm Women

The campaign wants to raise money to help arm women in high crime areas in southern Illinois.

This GoFundMe campaign wants to raise money to help arm women in high crime areas in souther Illinois.
This GoFundMe campaign wants to raise money to help arm women in high crime areas in southern Illinois.GoFundMe

GoFundMe, the crownfunding platform, has been used to raise money for a wide variety of purposes—now one man is using it to help arm women in Southern Illinois.

From the GoFundMe.com post, entitled "Help 50 Women Protect Their Homes":

I am a father, a husband, and a Navy veteran. In 2013 I took part in an effort to help women living in high crime areas gain the means and training to defend themselves. It was called the Armed Citizen Project and was formed by Kyle Coplen. Based on mountains of research and an overwhelming consensus of law enforcement officers, military vets, and crime experts we believe the best way to help women is by empowering them to exercise their rights.

I now seek to help the women in Southern Illinois who are most vulnerable of becoming victims of violent crime. With your help I will assist 50 women in attaining 50 shotguns.

All recipients of self-defense weapons and training will undergo background checks and receive FOID (Firearm Owners Identification) cards valid in the state of Illinois.

Help me serve the women of Southern Illinois.

Things are starting off slow, with $1,280 of a $20,000 having been raised at the time of this posting by 24 donors over two days.

According to this story from CultureMap Dallas from 2013, "the Armed Citizens Project (ACP) was founded by Kyle Coplen. The Project plans to offer training, and free shotguns, in communities in the Dallas, San Antonio and Tucson, Arizona areas in the next several weeks."

The Armed Citizen Project website seems to be under construction.