Crowds flock to gun buyback programs nationwide in response to Connecticut shooting
Paul Joseph Watson
December 17, 2012
Law-abiding Americans across the country are turning in their guns as part of police buyback programs in response to the school massacre in Connecticut – a shocking illustration of how citizens are choosing to disarm themselves without the need for gun control legislation.
Citizens in Brooklyn, San Francisco, Oakland, Evanston, Ill, and Baltimore all lined up around the block to sell their guns back to police as a gesture in response to the Sandy Hook shooting on Friday.
Mt. Ollie Baptist Church in Brownsville and St. Peters Lutheran Church in Cypress Hills, Brooklyn opened their doors for people to anonymously turn in their guns on Saturday, with the program netting 134 weapons, most of which were revolvers and pistols.
In another buyback event at Prince George’s County, 150 guns were handed in for cash, while a further 160 were exchanged for gift cards at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Laurel, MD.
In San Francisco and Oakland, gun buyback events drew huge crowds and netted over 600 weapons turned in for cash and gift credit cards.
Residents in Evanston also turned in 45 firearms during a buyback event held on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Baltimore police took in 461 guns at a buyback event, during which one of the attendees, 65-year-old grandmother Sonia White, remarked, “After the incident yesterday, it was time to get it out of the house.”
Some of the buyback events were planned before the shooting but some were arranged in response to the massacre. The Huffington Post notes that the shooting caused a “spike in participation” in the events, with most people attending citing the tragedy as the reason for turning in their firearms.
“Yesterday’s tragedy was a tragedy. People feel despair about gun violence in America and the question is, ‘What can I do?’ Well, this is it,” said Olis Simmons, president of Youth UpRising, one of the groups responsible for organizing the buyback events.
What’s particularly baffling about the willingness for law abiding people to relinquish their firearms is the fact that they are ensuring they will be defenseless in their own homes right before Christmas when criminals and burglars are more prone to strike. The grandmother mentioned above has now left herself completely defenseless should an armed criminal attempt to break in to her house.
The shooting did not however deter attendees to a gun show in Montgomery County, which drew a record crowd.
With recent Black Friday gun sales hitting all time highs, the Obama Administration and Democrats have moved swiftly to exploit the wave of anti-gun rhetoric in the aftermath of the shooting to prepare draconian gun control legislation.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg has demanded that the Obama administration take “executive action” against the second amendment, while Senator Feinstein has vowed to introduce new gun grabbing legislation at the beginning of next year’s congressional session.