GUN Gun exchange program in Chicago

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  1. Artyboy

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    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/custom/newsroom/chi-060418dream,1,4240498.storyChicago Trib Article

    Gun exchange dreams of saving lives

    By Josh Noel
    Tribune staff reporter
    Published April 18, 2006, 9:03 PM CDT

    If the recent shooting deaths of two girls don't help get guns off the streets, maybe dollar signs will, officials said Tuesday at the unveiling of a gun exchange program.

    Joined by the mother of one of those slain girls, a group of police, clergy and business leaders said Tuesday that anyone who gives up a gun at one of 23 churches on April 29 will be given a $100 debit card, no questions asked.

    In a program called "Don't Kill a Dream, Save a Life," police hope to get at least 500 guns, which would be destroyed.

    "We want everyone to get morally behind it," said Rev. Michael Pfleger of St. Sabina Catholic Church on the South Side. "For people who need a little extra incentive, $100 is a nice incentive."

    In the only previous gun exchange involving the Chicago Police Department, over three days in 1994, about 1,100 people swapped guns for $100 shoe store gift certificates.

    Among the weapons was a Colt .45 single-action revolver used by cavalry troops in the late 1800s—a curiosity, valued at about $7,000, that shows why gun exchanges rarely make the intended dent, said Jon Vernick, co-director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research.

    "They're very popular interventions, but there isn't good evidence that they reduce rates of gun violence," said Vernick, who co-authored a 1998 study about such programs.

    The problem, he said, is that the high-risk guns—newer semi-automatic weapons—tend not to come off the streets, and the people most likely to use them rarely turn them in.

    "I can understand, though, why communities consider these things, especially with the difficulty at the federal level and sometimes at the state level of enacting meaningful gun policy," Vernick said.

    At a news conference in the basement of Greater Salem Baptist Church, 215 W. 71st St., Pfleger lamented politicians not passing laws to "ban guns and get guns out of the community."

    "We don't have to wait for Washington, and we don't have to wait for Springfield," he said. "We run our own communities."

    Between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. April 29, guns can be brought to the 23 churches, located mostly on the South Side. A list of the churches is available by calling 311, police said.

    Many churches hold annual gun exchanges, but this is the first to unite several at once and to be joined by police. The effort will include WGCI and V103, radio stations with large numbers of urban listeners, broadcasting live from two of the churches.

    "There's so much black-on-black crime in Chicago," said Elroy Smith, program director of the stations. "We need to stand up and support the community."

    Siretha Woods, whose daughter was killed last month by stray gunfire, also called on guns to be relinquished. Siretha White, 10, was struck by a stray bullet at her surprise birthday party in an Englewood home. Police have said the intended target was someone standing on the porch.

    "I got 11 more kids," Woods said. "Let's let the rest of them grow up."

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  2. Thunderbear

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    who's footing the $50 large for the debit cards?
     
  3. Artyboy

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  4. Thunderbear

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    $2000 a church x 23 churches = 50 large.

    I'm not seein' it.

    Bet they could double their money if they auctioned 'em off, though :mamoru:
     
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    someone ought to organize a pro-gun buyback and give them $200, to keep the guns out of the hands of police
     
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    Buy crates of surplus rifles...exchange for debit cards....???...profit?
     
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    am i the only one that :ugh: 'd at this?
     
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    :werd: thats the exact thought that came to my mind...
     
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    Anything to take the spotlight off personal responsibility. Anything.
     
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    :rofl: no, I was going to quote it as well
     
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    Never underestimate the coffers of a church. I'd say they're the 2nd most efficient organization at extracting money from people behind government.
     
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    nope
     
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    I wish they would do something like that in NC
     
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    I hope they do one of those rifle exchanges where you can bring a pistol for $50 and a rifle in for $100...

    I got a rusted up .30-30 from Katrina that I need to get rid of :mamoru:
     
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    if there gift cards, stores probably donate then write it off on taxes or some shit. Wish they'de have one around me I'de stand outside and buy anything good i see people going in with.
     
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    So what are they doing with the guns after people turn them in, destroying them or selling them for a profit and putting them back out on the streets? I know they didnt destroy that $7k Colt...
     
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    oxymoron of the day [FONT=Verdana,] [​IMG][/FONT]
     
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    :rofl: That's the first thing I thought when I saw it.
     
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    Finally! This will bring an end to violent crime in Chicago! :bowdown:
     
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    wtfing stupid.

    I will say honestly at first my though was hmmm well maybe it would work. But when you think about you know the people using the guns aren't bringing them in, and even if they are they're not bringing in their good piece their bringing in the 5 they just broke into a house and stole.

    If anything I'm sure it increases theft for a couple of weeks.
     
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    they destroy them all. they most likely destroyed that Colt. i remember someone turning in an MG42 and they destroyed that and that damn thing was worth big bucks. They'd like to preserve history, but only history they agree with:rolleyes:
     
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    I'd wait outside and offer $150 for a few of the really nice ones.
     
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    Maryland does these every once in awhile. They give like $200+ for a gun.

    So what do industrious people do? They go buy cheap $50 guns and keep turning them in. Making out with a few grand :cool:
     

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