January 4, 2008

Gun Buy Backs A Nationwide Plan To Disarm America - As Economy Slows

Posted by William Kapeles on November 12, 2007

The AP reported today that the city of Cleveland, OH, had a “gun buy-back” event on Saturday, November 10, 2007. The first 450 people who turned in a serviceable handgun received a $100 Shell gas card or a $100 Dave’s Foods supermarket gift card. Below is the AP article in its entirety.:

“Cleveland, OH - More than seventy cars lined up outside the Cleveland Convention Center Saturday morning to swap out their guns for gift cards.The Cleveland Gun Buy Back Program was just another effort to try and take back our streets from Cleveland’s monstrous violence.

Cleveland’s Chief of Police, Chief Michael McGrath, announced that Saturday’s gun buy-back effort took 421 guns off the streets of the City of Cleveland.

“The goal of today’s gun buy-back was two-fold,” said Chief McGrath, “to reduce the number of guns on our streets and to increase the safety of our neighborhoods.”

Thanks to the generous donations by our community partners at ArcelorMittal, the Slavic Village Development Corporation and Dave’s Supermarkets, and the commitment to the safety of our community on the part of Partnership For A Safer Cleveland, we have accomplished just that.”

Each weapon taken in Saturday’s buy-back will be traced and entered into a nationwide database. Ultimately the weapons will be melted down with the assistance of Arcelor Mittal here in Cleveland.

Last year, Cleveland had 119 murders. So far this year - there are already 119 on the books.

The City of Cleveland is trying desperately to stop the violence, and 19 Action News was ready to do what they do best - take action!

The first 450 citizens who turn in a gun received a $100 Shell gas card or Dave’s Food Card. Providing the financial support for this event was Arcelor Mittal and The Slavic Village Development Corporation.

In addition, The Partnership for a Safer Cleveland and the NAACP also provided community support for the event. ” (courtesy of the AP)

This is such a crock of crap. The 421 firearms they confiscated were freely given by people who would never use them in crimes to begin with! By taking these guns “off the streets” they have effectively made Cleveland a more dangerous place. The chances of these misguided fools being killed by an attacker is now much greater because they have given up their firearms.

The other aspect of this liberal publicity stunt that should frighten every American is the emphatic support this action has received from the police. The police in our society have 3 basic functions. First, to protect life. Second, to defend property. Third, to enforce minor laws and regulations. Nowhere in any police charter or set of state statutes does it dictate their duty to be “disarmament of the citizenry.” God help us when the price for firearms lures even the criminals into turning them in!

It is my fervent hope that anyone who reads this will understand the futility of gun control. The people who should not have guns will never turn them in at a media circus like this. They will keep them and continue to perpetrate crimes with them. Honest, although naive or stupid, citizens will give up their guns to the police because they have been tricked into thinking that all good people should do what the police want and that the police can protect them. My question is who will protect us from the police?

Never, never give up your guns. They are all you have. Remember: armed people fly their colors, disarmed people wear them.

Summit County helps fund upcoming gun-buyback program

By Rick Armon

Beacon Journal staff writer

Summit County Council plans to contribute $5,000 toward an upcoming gun-buyback program.

The Goods for Guns program is set for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 7 and Dec. 8 at both Akron locations of Jerusalem Baptist: 270 E. Wilbeth Road and 1225 Vernon Odom Blvd.

It is sponsored by Akron police and the Summit County sheriff's and prosecutor's offices.

County Councilman John Schmidt announced this week he will introduce legislation Monday to spend the money.

Last year, there were 675 firearms used in crimes and 1,294 emergency calls for shots fired, according to city police. The last gun-buyback program was in 1994 and took in more than 500 guns.

Christine Croce, counsel for the sheriff's office, said organizers hope to get 300 to 500 guns at the upcoming event.

County residents can turn in guns, legal or illegal, for vouchers that can be exchanged for a wide assortment of goods from tennis shoes to gift cards for groceries. The vouchers will be valued at a minimum of $100.

The sheriff's office has raised about $36,000 toward the program and still is accepting contributions.

''I hope we get a phenomenal amount of people to turn in their guns,'' Summit County Council President Nick Kostandaras said.

For more details, call the sheriff's office at 330-643-2112.

Beacon Journal staff writer

Summit County Council plans to contribute $5,000 toward an upcoming gun-buyback program.

The Goods for Guns program is set for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 7 and Dec. 8 at both Akron locations of Jerusalem Baptist: 270 E. Wilbeth Road and 1225 Vernon Odom Blvd.

It is sponsored by Akron police and the Summit County sheriff's and prosecutor's offices.

County Councilman John Schmidt announced this week he will introduce legislation Monday to spend the money.

Last year, there were 675 firearms used in crimes and 1,294 emergency calls for shots fired, according to city police. The last gun-buyback program was in 1994 and took in more than 500 guns.

Christine Croce, counsel for the sheriff's office, said organizers hope to get 300 to 500 guns at the upcoming event.

County residents can turn in guns, legal or illegal, for vouchers that can be exchanged for a wide assortment of goods from tennis shoes to gift cards for groceries. The vouchers will be valued at a minimum of $100.

The sheriff's office has raised about $36,000 toward the program and still is accepting contributions.

''I hope we get a phenomenal amount of people to turn in their guns,'' Summit County Council President Nick Kostandaras said.

For more details, call the sheriff's office at 330-643-2112.

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