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Fri Aug 31, 2012, 01:23 PM

 

Buyback program nets 365 firearms, despite gun advocates' efforts

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http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120830/METRO01/208300402/1361/Detroit-church-hosting-gun-buyback-today



A firearm buyback program organized by Catholic church officials and Detroit police netted 365 weapons Thursday, but the event had some tense moments as gun-rights advocates set up shop nearby and offered to buy the weapons themselves.  
The event put on by the Archdiocese of Detroit and the Detroit Police Department drew a steady stream of people to St. Cecilia Catholic Church's gymnasium, where organizers paid residents wishing to hand over their firearms to police.  
Organizers of the event paid out $16,820 to people who got rid of the firearms. The Archdiocese of Detroit collected about $20,000 through donations at area Catholic churches to fund the buy-back program.

Across the street from the church's gym off Livernois near Grand River, right-to-carry gun advocates, with their handguns openly strapped to their waists, set up their own gun buyback program. They say Michigan law allows them to buy guns from the public.  They also said anyone can buy a rifle from another individual, and anyone with a Concealed Pistol License can buy a handgun from another person. The gun advocates produced paperwork, which they say they have to turn in to Michigan State Police whenever they purchase a handgun from someone.

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In the picture, check out the gun the guy is turning in...is that an orange tip at the end of the barrel?  That would mean he's turning in a toy.  Boy, I sure feel safer knowing that dangerous weapon is off the street!

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Reply Buyback program nets 365 firearms, despite gun advocates' efforts (Original post)
Grave Grumbler Aug 2012 OP
Remmah2 Aug 2012 #1
GreenStormCloud Aug 2012 #2
PavePusher Aug 2012 #3
bongbong Aug 2012 #4
hack89 Aug 2012 #5
glacierbay Aug 2012 #6
discntnt_irny_srcsm Aug 2012 #8
bongbong Aug 2012 #10
bongbong Aug 2012 #9
hack89 Aug 2012 #11
bongbong Aug 2012 #12
hack89 Aug 2012 #13
bongbong Aug 2012 #14
hack89 Aug 2012 #15
bongbong Aug 2012 #18
hack89 Aug 2012 #16
bongbong Aug 2012 #17
hack89 Aug 2012 #19
bongbong Aug 2012 #21
hack89 Aug 2012 #22
bongbong Aug 2012 #23
hack89 Aug 2012 #24
holdencaufield Sep 2012 #32
bongbong Sep 2012 #33
NewMoonTherian Sep 2012 #31
Union Scribe Aug 2012 #29
PavePusher Aug 2012 #25
bongbong Sep 2012 #34
Jenoch Sep 2012 #30
bongbong Sep 2012 #35
Jenoch Sep 2012 #36
glacierbay Aug 2012 #7
Atypical Liberal Aug 2012 #20
razsmith01 Aug 2012 #26
MercutioATC Aug 2012 #27
ileus Aug 2012 #28

Response to Grave Grumbler (Original post)

Fri Aug 31, 2012, 01:43 PM

1. I caught the orange tip too.

 

Maybe someone holds up toy banks with it.

I get a warm and fuzzy feeling just reading that article. Criminals by the hundreds opting to go straight and give up their life of crime.

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Response to Grave Grumbler (Original post)

Fri Aug 31, 2012, 01:47 PM

2. It is probably and airsoft pistol. $10 for pellet guns. N/T

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Response to Grave Grumbler (Original post)

Fri Aug 31, 2012, 01:47 PM

3. Some other problems with this article (and the event itself)....

 

Early on, there were some tension between the gun advocates, police and church organizers when one of the advocates mishandled the barrel of a gun by pointing it toward the sky, causing organizers to warn the person to be careful.

This is not really indicative of "mishandling", unless the gun was loaded.

St. Cecilia member Alexander Thomas complained the gun rights advocates were against getting guns off the city's streets. "We're trying to get the guns off the street so the kids won't use them to kill each other."

Seems to imply that the other buyers were non-legal persons, or intended to sell them on to kids, something I'm sure the police would have taken action on.

Eddie Halliburton, a 75-year-old Detroiter, brought police two old rifles he says were no longer working. "I'm moving to Farmington Hills and I wanted them out of the house," he said. "It's best to turn them in. I have grandkids who come around. You know how kids like to ramble. They could get one of them."

Not sure why this would be a problem with "no longer working" "guns".

Madison Heights resident Joseph Branch turned in a pellet gun for $10. "It's better than my 13-year-old son having it," said Branch. "I'm loving it. It helps clean up the streets." "Many households in our city are going to feel considerably safer tonight because of the weapons people from the community chose to turn in," said Bishop Donald Hanchon, the regional bishop for the Archdiocese. Hanchon oversees Detroit's Catholic churches and spearheaded their involvement in the buyback. "I'm proud of those who worked on this, and it says something very, very good about the people of Detroit," he said.

Entirely too much stupid in there for mere words. This... seems most appropriate:

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Response to Grave Grumbler (Original post)

Fri Aug 31, 2012, 01:48 PM

4. Laughs and more laughs

 

> In the picture, check out the gun the guy is turning in...is that an orange tip at the end of the barrel? That would mean he's turning in a toy.

Nice to know there is a Universal Law that says you can't paint the barrel on a real gun. It would be the only way a statement like that could be made.

Amazing rules the gun-relgionists have!

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Response to bongbong (Reply #4)

Fri Aug 31, 2012, 02:43 PM

5. This is what you are looking at in that picture

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Response to hack89 (Reply #5)

Fri Aug 31, 2012, 03:09 PM

6. Oh that's gotta hurt

 

set and match.

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Response to glacierbay (Reply #6)

Fri Aug 31, 2012, 03:17 PM

8. Sadly...

if I recall my Monty Python correctly, the black knight never says "ouch". This leads me to the conclusion that one of the first steps toward acumen is the ability to feel pain.

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Response to glacierbay (Reply #6)

Fri Aug 31, 2012, 03:50 PM

10. LOL

 

If you can PROVE that money was given for that gun - after PROVING that it is indeed an air pistol - you've got your set-n-match.

Until then, you're just another scared gun-relgionist, with Cowards Disease (the neurotic syndrome where you can't leave the house unless you're strapped).

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Response to hack89 (Reply #5)

Fri Aug 31, 2012, 03:48 PM

9. Prove it

 

I expect nothing less than a detailed photographic analysis.

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Response to bongbong (Reply #9)

Fri Aug 31, 2012, 03:55 PM

11. I have adopted your standard of proof - see my smilie?

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Response to hack89 (Reply #11)

Fri Aug 31, 2012, 03:57 PM

12. LOL

 

> I have adopted your standard of proof - see my smilie?

After you find me making assertions about facts that can or cannot be verified - you'll have a point.

Go ahead, search thru ALL my posts if you want to.

Sorry charlie, False Equivalence is something repigs love to do. Not Liberals.

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Response to bongbong (Reply #12)

Fri Aug 31, 2012, 03:59 PM

13. You can give up the act now.

we have all figured it out.

Bye

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Response to hack89 (Reply #13)

Fri Aug 31, 2012, 04:05 PM

14. Laughs and more laughs

 

> You can give up the act now.

I've been waiting for months for gun-religionists to give up the act of being scared, cowardly little wimps who are too afraid to walk out of the house without a bunch of weaponry!

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Response to bongbong (Reply #14)

Fri Aug 31, 2012, 04:07 PM

15. I never carry in public - I live in a safe area

I still enjoy my guns though.

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Response to hack89 (Reply #15)

Fri Aug 31, 2012, 04:16 PM

18. Good for you

 

Maybe you won't end up in the statistics under the column "gun owner shoots self".

http://www.google.com/search?q=gun+owner+shoots+self

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Response to bongbong (Reply #14)

Fri Aug 31, 2012, 04:09 PM

16. Since a very small percentage of gun owners have concealed carry permits

I take it that you don't consider the vast majority of gun owners to be "gun-religionists"? Or is logical consistency asking too much of you?

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Response to hack89 (Reply #16)

Fri Aug 31, 2012, 04:14 PM

17. OMG! My keyboard is ruined from spitting my coffee on it!

 

> I take it that you don't consider the vast majority of gun owners to be "gun-religionists"?

What difference would it make what I thought? The DU Gun Lobby has already told me numerous times that I am just an idiot!



TOO HILARIOUS!

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Response to bongbong (Reply #17)

Fri Aug 31, 2012, 04:46 PM

19. So why did you say that in a post? Don't you mean what you say?

or is this just a game to you?

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Response to hack89 (Reply #19)

Fri Aug 31, 2012, 05:04 PM

21. Still LOL

 

> or is this just a game to you?

This is an anonymous Internet chatboard. What do you think it is???

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Response to bongbong (Reply #21)

Fri Aug 31, 2012, 05:26 PM

22. So you see anonymity as an opportunity

to be rude and disruptive with impunity? Your type certainly are not uncommon on the internet unfortunately. At least you don't try to hide behind a false veneer of feigned interest.

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Response to hack89 (Reply #22)

Fri Aug 31, 2012, 05:29 PM

23. Nope

 

> So you see anonymity as an opportunity to be rude and disruptive with impunity?

No, that wasn't my point. Think hard, and try again!

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Response to bongbong (Reply #23)

Fri Aug 31, 2012, 05:34 PM

24. I am referring to your actions, not your words.

your only purpose here is to insult people.

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Response to hack89 (Reply #24)

Sat Sep 1, 2012, 02:48 AM

32. Please don't feed the trolls ...

 

... it only makes them fat and lazy.

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Response to hack89 (Reply #24)

Sat Sep 1, 2012, 04:46 PM

33. LOL

 

> your only purpose here is to insult people.

No, among other things it's to show how cowardly gun-relgionists are.

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Response to hack89 (Reply #19)

Sat Sep 1, 2012, 01:33 AM

31. Well, he says what he means.

That's not the same as meaning what you say. You might as well say "I breathe when I sleep" is the same as "I sleep when I breathe".

(Sorry for a bit of silliness. I'm tired, and Bong Bong does strike me as a bit of a March Hare type, minus the whimsical charm.)

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Response to bongbong (Reply #12)

Fri Aug 31, 2012, 11:12 PM

29. Anyone can click on your transparency page

and read enough of your posts to know everything they need to.

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Response to bongbong (Reply #9)

Fri Aug 31, 2012, 08:20 PM

25. From the article: "Madison Heights resident Joseph Branch turned in a pellet gun for $10."

 

From the caption to the picture: "Joseph Branch, right, of Madison Hgts., speaks with parishioner Alexander Thompson, about the gun he is turning in at St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Detroit."

Now go away, adults are talking here.

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Response to PavePusher (Reply #25)

Sat Sep 1, 2012, 04:49 PM

34. $10

 

Great, he got $10 for it. Not the full amount that you get for "real" guns, as the "joke" about it from the gun-relgionists implied.

Now go away, non-emotionally-stunted people (AKA, Liberals who aren't scared to appear in public without a gun) are talking here.

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Response to bongbong (Reply #4)

Sat Sep 1, 2012, 12:21 AM

30. Do you hate guns and gun owners so much

that you embarrass yourself with this post? Of course the gun in the photo is not a real, gunpowder shooting firearm. That's the point of the orange tip, to differentiate it from the real thing. Yes, somebody COULD paint the tip of the barrel orange. Remember this, if you hear hoofbeats coming from the distance, do not assume it to coming from a herd of zebras (unless of course you are in Kenya, South Africa, or someplace with wild zebras).

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Response to Jenoch (Reply #30)

Sat Sep 1, 2012, 04:56 PM

35. Laughs, endless laughs

 

> Of course the gun in the photo is not a real, gunpowder shooting firearm.

Prove it.

BTW, gun-relgionists, saying "Of course" doesn't count as proof.

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Response to bongbong (Reply #35)

Mon Sep 3, 2012, 07:50 PM

36. Anyone who knows the least bit about guns

can see that the gun in the photo is not a real firearm that shoots bullets propelled by gunpowder.

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Response to Grave Grumbler (Original post)

Fri Aug 31, 2012, 03:12 PM

7. $100.00 for an assault weapon?

 

Wish I had been there, I would've grabbed a tree branch and collected $100.00 for turning in an assault weapon.

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Response to Grave Grumbler (Original post)

Fri Aug 31, 2012, 04:57 PM

20. I'm OK with these kinds of gun buy-backs.

 

"The buyback program paid up to $50 for an operational firearm, up to $100 for two or more operational weapons and up to $100 for assault weapons."

I'm actually OK with these kinds of gun buy-backs.

If you are stupid enough to sell a firearm for so little money, you are too stupid to own them anyway.

I suspect most of what is turned in is junk.

I mean, really. If you had a firearm worth something, why wouldn't you just go down to your local pawn shop to sell it?

But hey, if you want to give up your $400+ assault rifle for $100, please, do it.

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Response to Grave Grumbler (Original post)

Fri Aug 31, 2012, 08:23 PM

26. i will pay it

 

pay

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Response to Grave Grumbler (Original post)

Fri Aug 31, 2012, 08:40 PM

27. An average of $46 per gun.

 

Why not just sell it to a gun store and get a better price?

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Response to Grave Grumbler (Original post)

Fri Aug 31, 2012, 10:46 PM

28. What a band of idiots they should rename it.....junk buyback program

And that's assuming they actually ended up with junk.

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