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Thu Dec 27, 2012, 09:15 PM

"Thousands Of LA Citizens Choose Groceries Over Handguns"

Thousands Of LA Citizens Choose Groceries Over Handguns

By Hayes Brown at Think Progress

http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/12/27/1377731/butter-not-guns/

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Thousands of Los Angelesí citizens lined parking lots yesterday in a chance to exchange their guns for groceries in a city-organized buyback program. The event, normally an annual Motherís Day event, was pushed up to Wednesday by L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in the aftermath of the tragic shooting in Newtown, CT.

City officials offered up to $100 in gift cards to a local grocery chain for rifles, handguns, and shotguns, with assault weapons fetching more, up to $200 in cards. Despite moving the date, turnout was extremely high, with the two parking lots where the buybacks took place finding themselves overcrowded at times by eager sellers. In fact, the city found itself surpassing last yearís total of 1,673 guns by yesterday afternoon:


Many came bearing more than one gun. They pulled 22 pistols from the trunk of one white Honda, a haul that earned the driver $1,000.

Two men in a pickup truck with two children in the back seat handed over a rifle, a pistol and a MAC-12, altered with a silencer.



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applegrove Dec 2012 OP
Arctic Dave Dec 2012 #1
Travis_0004 Dec 2012 #2
applegrove Dec 2012 #3
LeftInTX Dec 2012 #4
flamingdem Dec 2012 #7
kwassa Dec 2012 #5
robinlynne Dec 2012 #6
PeaceNikki Dec 2012 #8
beevul Dec 2012 #9

Response to applegrove (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 09:37 PM

1. Imagine what they would get if they offered them real money.

 

A few hundred bucks is OK but if they were to buy them back at retail I would think the numbers would go up significantly.

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 09:57 PM

2. I feel safer already!

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 10:05 PM

3. I hope this happens across the country.

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 10:10 PM

4. I like the fact that they gave them gift cards

I wonder if businesses donated the cards?
Can't turn around and use cash to buy another gun.

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Response to LeftInTX (Reply #4)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 10:52 PM

7. Ralphs Market donated them

A great thing

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 10:20 PM

5. Buybacks won't get the problem guns.

those involved in gang and drug transactions.

It might get them out of domestic situations where accidental shootings could take place.

and many in LA who participated didn't give back ALL their guns.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/12/some-la-gun-buyback-participants-admit-they-still-have-weapons.html

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Response to kwassa (Reply #5)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 10:51 PM

6. We just don't know that.

I do not say buying guns is the solution . We need serious gun control immediately. but you just don't know how many lives were saved in that parking lot.

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Response to kwassa (Reply #5)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 10:54 PM

8. Those guns could have been used in domestic violence scenarios, suicides, stolen.

ANY gun off the streets is a good thing.


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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 11:19 PM

9. I wonder how many were crime guns, that now can't be tied to the criminal. N/T

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