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4,050 weapons off the streets
Chicago Tribune ^ | Lolly Bowean and Dan Simmons

Posted on 05/09/2010 4:31:48 PM PDT by rellimpank

There were shiny six-shooter revolvers, polished wooden rifles, semiautomatic handguns, pistols, rifles and even two hand grenades.

In a citywide effort Saturday to try to curb the violence on Chicago streets, police collected more than 4,000 guns and other weapons in exchange for gift cards worth up to $100.

Residents frustrated by the gun violence that has long plagued their neighborhoods marched through the streets, many of them bereaved mothers who recited poems, sang songs and prayed for an end to the shooting.

"No mother should have to bury a son," said Vallie Smith, whose son, Mario Hines, 21, was shot to death in March. Hines had been arrested in 2007 for illegally carrying a handgun himself.

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---aahhh--Chi-town will be much, much safer now---(sarc)
1 posted on 05/09/2010 4:31:48 PM PDT by rellimpank
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To: rellimpank

2 AKs and 2 hand grenades were turned in.


2 posted on 05/09/2010 4:32:49 PM PDT by stylin19a (Never buy a putter until you first get a chance to throw it)
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To: rellimpank

Now the corrupt cops in Chicago got some new throw a ways


3 posted on 05/09/2010 4:33:34 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom sarc ;))
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To: rellimpank

I’ve got an old crossman pump BB pistil that I gladly would have turned in for the $100 bucks...........


4 posted on 05/09/2010 4:33:52 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Peanut butter was just peanut butter until I found Free Republic.........)
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To: rellimpank

Today, once again, my guns killed no one.

Funny how that works.


5 posted on 05/09/2010 4:33:53 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo
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To: rellimpank

they’ll sell the cash cards and buy better guns. that’s what they found out here.


6 posted on 05/09/2010 4:34:20 PM PDT by Sacajaweau (What)
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To: rellimpank

Guns do not commit crimes — people do.


7 posted on 05/09/2010 4:36:05 PM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: stylin19a

To a journalist slumming for headlines, ANYTHING can be an AK.

The usual misidentified weapon is an SKS, but in a pinch, they will make do with ANYTHING.


8 posted on 05/09/2010 4:37:11 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: rellimpank

Wow! I am going to visit Chicago. I would like some new guns and they apparently there are thousands just lying around on the streets ready for anyone to pick up.

If anyone actually thought about these programs it would be obvious just how stupid they are but no one who is liberal actually thinks when it comes to guns. They simply react emotionally.


9 posted on 05/09/2010 4:39:04 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: rellimpank

Of course murders will now cease in Chicago, right?


10 posted on 05/09/2010 4:40:08 PM PDT by vladimir998 (Part of the Vast Catholic Conspiracy (hat tip to Kells))
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To: stylin19a

Two inert pieces of metal in the shape of grenades.

It’s an utterly useless exercise.


11 posted on 05/09/2010 4:40:47 PM PDT by MediaMole
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To: rellimpank

Nobody asks how many murders will never be solved because the evidence that would result in a conviction has been turned in and destroyed with amnesty given to the perpetrator.


12 posted on 05/09/2010 4:42:01 PM PDT by Erik Latranyi (Too many conservatives urge retreat when the war of politics doesn't go their way.)
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To: yarddog

They simply react emotionally.
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Yes, and that is why they are liberals. It goes full circle.


13 posted on 05/09/2010 4:43:05 PM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: rellimpank

Brooklyn, NY offered $200 bank card for turned in guns.

NY will be so much safer now.


14 posted on 05/09/2010 4:45:04 PM PDT by Carley (WE CAN SEE NOVEMBER FROM OUR HOUSE)
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To: stylin19a

I saw some nice Colt revolvers and a K98k Mauser turned in to be melted down, terrible.


15 posted on 05/09/2010 4:48:39 PM PDT by omega4179 (www.jdforsenate.com)
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To: gaijin
Ak's have banana clips /s Image and video hosting by TinyPic
16 posted on 05/09/2010 4:50:36 PM PDT by omega4179 (www.jdforsenate.com)
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To: Erik Latranyi
Nobody asks how many murders will never be solved because the evidence that would result in a conviction has been turned in and destroyed with amnesty given to the perpetrator.

Interesting angle but I always wondered the opposite. How many criminals with active bench warrants or other issues with the police would come anywhere near such an event?

17 posted on 05/09/2010 4:50:57 PM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: gaijin; omega4179; MediaMole
I should have known better. What I posted I had heard on CBS radio. The female reader breathlessly called the AKs military assault weapons.
18 posted on 05/09/2010 4:51:12 PM PDT by stylin19a (Never buy a putter until you first get a chance to throw it)
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To: rellimpank

Let’s see if the violent crime rate goes down in Chitcago.


19 posted on 05/09/2010 4:55:16 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: rellimpank

Were they turned in to a valid FFL?

It was a sale right?


20 posted on 05/09/2010 4:57:53 PM PDT by xmission (www.iwilldefendtheconstitution.com)
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To: rellimpank

Your sarcasm is well founded, because this tactic doesn’t even approach the problem, much less solve it.

How about a “sons buyback” instead? Gift certificates in return for known neighborhood hardcases: $25 for guys who start bar fights, or rob or terrorize ordinary people; $50 for those who do drugs; $100 for dealin’; and an extra $100 sweetener for use of a firearm in conjunction with any of the above.


21 posted on 05/09/2010 4:58:08 PM PDT by Wombat Ark
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To: rellimpank
4,050 weapons off the streets

Yeah. And another 5,000 newer, more powerful guns right back on the streets within that same time period.
How many times have we seen these headlines in the last oh say 30 years? Are the gangs and the drug dealers really gonna give up their guns and stop making a lot of money from drug dealing? Of course not.

22 posted on 05/09/2010 5:01:14 PM PDT by SmokingJoe
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To: rellimpank

I just wonder...
if there are any restrictions as to why I could not
have my own private ‘gun-buy-back’ program and offer
$100 bucks to anyone who brought me a weapon...


23 posted on 05/09/2010 5:05:31 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th (Don't blame me. I voted for Jefferson Davis.)
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To: rellimpank
There were shiny six-shooter revolvers, polished wooden rifles, semiautomatic handguns, pistols, rifles and even two hand grenades.

Polished wooden rifles? Like the kind my dauhgter twirled on dance team in the 7th grade?

24 posted on 05/09/2010 5:18:39 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (Had God not driven man from the Garden of Eden the Sierra Club surely would have.)
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To: rellimpank
Any chance I can get a bet down on the degree of change in the murder rate that this collection will cause?

Didn't think so.

25 posted on 05/09/2010 5:19:36 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Obama. Chauncey Gardiner without the homburg.)
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To: rellimpank
4,050 weapons off the streets

Chicago's criminals are rejoicing.

26 posted on 05/09/2010 5:20:06 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (No Romney,No Mark Kirk (Illinois), not now, not ever!)
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To: Sacajaweau

No. Steal better guns.


27 posted on 05/09/2010 5:27:08 PM PDT by antidemoncrat
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To: rellimpank
Does anyone really believe these numbers? In 2008 they claimed they took in 6000 "weapons". 6700 the year before.

This is nonsense.

28 posted on 05/09/2010 5:30:06 PM PDT by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: facedown
Does anyone really believe these numbers? In 2008 they claimed they took in 6000 "weapons". 6700 the year before.

They were all AK-47s LOL.

29 posted on 05/09/2010 5:33:11 PM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: rellimpank

Just asking but, do they give a 100$ for any guns, including zip guns? Because 10$ worth of water piping for 100$ is good a deal.


30 posted on 05/09/2010 5:46:09 PM PDT by nomad
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To: pnh102
How many criminals with active bench warrants or other issues with the police would come anywhere near such an event?

These gun buybacks are advertised as 'no questions asked' and nobody gets arrested on the spot.

The criminals use these events as a great way to dump dirty guns.

If they are really concerned, they send one of their girlfriends or relatives to do the dump for them.

31 posted on 05/09/2010 5:47:28 PM PDT by Erik Latranyi (Too many conservatives urge retreat when the war of politics doesn't go their way.)
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To: Erik Latranyi
The criminals use these events as a great way to dump dirty guns

EXACTLY!

32 posted on 05/09/2010 5:58:51 PM PDT by brushcop (SFC Sallie, CPL Long, LTHarris, SSG Brown, PVT Simmons KIA OIF lll&V, they died for you, honor them)
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To: rellimpank; Joe Brower

Where is the mandatory Barf Alert?


33 posted on 05/09/2010 6:29:45 PM PDT by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: Travis McGee
They advertised this one pretty heavily up here. Just for kicks I called the Chicago ATF office and told them that people were buying and selling guns without FFL's and they should go make some arrests.

Looks like they didn't act on my hot tip

34 posted on 05/09/2010 6:32:54 PM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: Lurker

Only peasants have to follow the rules.


35 posted on 05/09/2010 6:33:31 PM PDT by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: rellimpank

Oh, I am getting so misty-eyed over the success of this program. There will now be a 99.9% reduction in firearms murders now, right? All of the drug dealers and gang bangers turned in their guns, right?


36 posted on 05/09/2010 6:34:51 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Palin/Hunter 2012 -- Bolton their Secretary of State)
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To: rellimpank

What would that number be, mebbe one percent of the firearms in Chicago (just a wild guess), all of them “surrendered” by law-abiding citizens?

Very impressive; especially the Feel Good Quotient!


37 posted on 05/09/2010 6:50:49 PM PDT by Elsiejay (.)
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To: Travis McGee

—slapping forehead, rolling eyes—knew I forgot something today—


38 posted on 05/09/2010 6:52:52 PM PDT by rellimpank (--don't believe anything the MSM tells you about firearms or explosives--NRA Benefactor)
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To: rellimpank
Chicago is the poster city for community organizers. Look at how organized their communities are; Bloods, Crips, Latin Kings...

And all those bright, loving young people are being corrupted by stealing our guns! We are causing them to sell drugs to afford stealing our guns!

Clearly, some common-sense gun laws need to be implemented. Then there will be nothing but Scrabble and Yahtzee on every Chicago street corner.

39 posted on 05/09/2010 6:59:34 PM PDT by Sender (It's never too late to be who you could have been.)
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To: pnh102
They were all AK-47s LOL.

Seriesly, they always have one AK47 for the cameras, even if they have to bring one of their own. I always study the guns in the background, and they're usually worn-out single-shot shotguns or .22s like you'd find on old farms.

I've been given junkers like that by relatives who didn't want them around. Me neither, especially since they couldn't be salvaged. I'd either crush part of the frame in a big vise, or cut through it with a milling machine. Then into the trash, where someone might get a momentary thrill, or shock, until they realize what was done.

40 posted on 05/09/2010 7:40:33 PM PDT by 300winmag (Trijicon: Still the Jesus Scope, and a good way to offend people who deserve it.)
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To: 300winmag
Next time someone gives you a junker, just save it for the next buy-back. I suspect quite a few of the "buy-back" guns they get are just exactly that kind, and probably were never used for anything more sinister than shooting a squirrel.

What pains me about the buy-backs, though, besides the sheer stupidity of the whole thing, is that I also suspect that some fine weapons get destroyed that way. Some which were stolen, and even some that someone may have "brought back from the war" and his widow is afraid of it and doesn't know what to do with it, or some that are just "Grandpa's old guns" that no one in the family is interested in.

Like the Journalist's Guide, BTW!

41 posted on 05/09/2010 7:59:23 PM PDT by susannah59
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To: 300winmag

>I’ve been given junkers like that by relatives who didn’t want them around. Me neither, especially since they couldn’t be salvaged. I’d either crush part of the frame in a big vise, or cut through it with a milling machine. Then into the trash, where someone might get a momentary thrill, or shock, until they realize what was done.

And you could have gotten $100 a poop instead!
{PS — I like that pic.}


42 posted on 05/09/2010 8:16:59 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: Sender

Chicago is the poster city for community organizers. Look at how organized their communities are; Bloods, Crips, Latin Kings...

no problem for them now, 4050 honest, law abiding people turn in their guns, should pretty much take care of the crime problems there.........how can people think like this??


43 posted on 05/09/2010 9:06:02 PM PDT by terycarl (4)
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To: stylin19a
The hand grenades were inert and I'd be willing to bet that the AK rifles don't actually function.

Besides the hand grenades, which police said were inert, some people handed in dusty antique rifles, while others gave up their high-performance rifles. Some of the guns collected are so deadly, they could pierce bulletproof vests, Weis said.

I have a bolt action .30-06 that will do that, too. It used to be that reporters made fun of stupid political hacks, but nowadays it seems the stupid political hacks have cause to make fun of the reporters.

44 posted on 05/09/2010 9:06:59 PM PDT by sig226 (Mourn this day, the death of a great republic. March 21, 2010)
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To: rellimpank
Out of 300 million Nationwide.

Nice going Chicago. Next maybe you can try and turn back the tide with a teaspoon. Retards...

45 posted on 05/09/2010 9:08:25 PM PDT by Dead Corpse (III, Alarm and Muster)
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To: rellimpank

>”No mother should have to bury a son,” said Vallie Smith, whose son, Mario Hines, 21, was shot to death in March. Hines had been arrested in 2007 for illegally carrying a handgun himself.

And no freeman should ever have to even consider burying his guns.


46 posted on 05/09/2010 9:18:40 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: rellimpank

These girls are going to be in some serious stuff when “daddy” comes home and finds his gun is gone.


47 posted on 05/09/2010 9:43:34 PM PDT by jpsb
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To: rellimpank
"We have just too many guns in our society," said Mayor Richard Daley, speaking before a march in Old Town, on the Near North Side. "When someone has access to a gun, they use it."

This man is stuck on stupid.

48 posted on 05/09/2010 10:25:42 PM PDT by scott7278 ("...I have not changed Congress and how it operates the way I would have liked." BHO)
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To: rellimpank

damn.. .I really need to buy up all the non-functional/crappy guns in my area for like $20 each, then take a road trip up to chicago! anyone else want in? :p


49 posted on 05/09/2010 10:43:46 PM PDT by Svartalfiar
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To: 300winmag
I've been given junkers like that by relatives who didn't want them around. Me neither, especially since they couldn't be salvaged. I'd either crush part of the frame in a big vise, or cut through it with a milling machine. Then into the trash, where someone might get a momentary thrill, or shock, until they realize what was done.

Maybe there IS a "legitimate" use for these stupid gun buybacks. Instead of going through all the work you mention, why not just save them up for a trip to the next buyback in whatever major city near you has one? If they are indeed "no questions asked" it might be a good way to score some extra cash.

50 posted on 05/10/2010 2:47:02 AM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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