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New York, NY - After CT Shooting, Some NYC Residents Give Up Gun

Published on: December 15, 2012 09:25 PM
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New York, NY - A day after 20 children were shot to death in a Connecticut elementary school, some New York City residents are giving up their guns.

Two Brooklyn pastors opened their churches Saturday to the city’s gun buyback program, in which anyone with a handgun can trade it in, no questions asked, for a $200 bank card. Rifles fetch $20.

By early afternoon, people had turned in about 60 weapons at the Mt. Ollie Baptist Church in Brooklyn’s Brownsville section. Guns were also being collected at St. Peters Lutheran Church in Brooklyn’s Cypress Hills section.

The donors at Mt. Ollie included a widow giving up her husband’s gun after he died last year, said the congregation’s pastor, Reginald Bachus.

“He left a gun and it was in the house, and she has children,” Bachus said. “She saw what happened in Newtown, and she got scared that her kids might find the gun.  She said it was on her conscience.”

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Bachus said the holiday season provided extra incentive for people to trade in weapons “because people want to have money to buy gifts.”

Donors dropping off guns at the church were ushered into a community hall, beneath the sanctuary. There, law enforcement officials with laptop computers registered the weapons as they were handed in, anonymously.

Benne McCants Sr. and his wife, Ossie, two members of the congregation, dropped off a handgun they had found cleaning out a room in their home. They believed it probably had belonged to their 22-year-old son, who was killed in drug-related violence several years ago in North Carolina.

 

 


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 Dec 15, 2012 at 10:15 PM Anonymous Says:

Why are these people turning their guns in?

Are they afraid that they will all of a sudden turn into mass murderers?

Or do they just want to make sure that there is no chance that if any bad situation ever happens, they will not be able to use a gun to defend themselves?

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 Dec 15, 2012 at 10:33 PM sandymoos Says:

1. Most people cannot tell if a gun is operable without firing it.
2. It now seems that the children were killed with a rifle...so wouldn't it make sense to offer a higher bounty on a long gun?
3. The criminals aren't about to turn in theirs...and, say that you wanted to make a registered gun disappear. Rather than say. "I lost it. I turned it in" seems better...

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 Dec 15, 2012 at 10:44 PM brilliant-not! Says:

Ok, so now a couple more sane law abiding people are sans-protection. how's that gonna protect us from armed lunatics? ever hear about a dangerous nutcase handing over his gun in a buy back?

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 Dec 15, 2012 at 11:32 PM Justleftkolel Says:

Reply to #3  
brilliant-not! Says:

Ok, so now a couple more sane law abiding people are sans-protection. how's that gonna protect us from armed lunatics? ever hear about a dangerous nutcase handing over his gun in a buy back?

Most of these guns are illegal firearms, people turn them in and receive amnesty for the crime of their possetion. If you bothered reading the article that would have been apparent.

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 Dec 16, 2012 at 09:14 AM Butterfly Says:

They do not want them on the street and they have small kids.

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 Dec 16, 2012 at 02:08 PM Anonymous Says:

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Butterfly Says:

They do not want them on the street and they have small kids.

I would want to keep one to be able to protect my kids. No place is safe.
Teach the kids that just like something may be mukzeh, the gun is a "no touching" object ever. Teach your kids self-control and lock the gun up! But have it so that you can protect your family if something like Katrina hits your town and there are looters out to kill for a can of beans or a gold watch... wait. Didn't Sandy just hit??? short term memory folks!

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