Skip to comments.Oakland’s first-ever gun buyback fizzles(CA)
Posted on 06/03/2012 6:02:34 PM PDT by marktwain
Oakland is often criticized for its gun violence, then not recognized when it tries to do something about it.
On Saturday, the Oakland Police Department set up the citys first ever gun buyback in a Caltrans lot in Fruitvale.
The net recovery? 12 guns.
OPD Lt. Blair Alexander, in charge of the buyback operation, told the Trib he was disappointed in the lack of support it received:
The more people who come out, the more they send a message of a united front against violence.
Community leaders including 100 Mothers, which focuses on gun violence, had organized the effort. Oakland residents had donated $10,000 to help with the gun buyback effort.
Those who surrendered guns received $100 and could give away up to two firearms.
To support the buyback, and to bring about a message of peace Saturday, two groups of protesters marched from opposite sides of Oakland to converge at Ignacio de la Fuenta Plaza in Fruitvale. Marchers told stories of loved ones lost to violence.
Oakland officials said last week that after four months of cooperation with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, 90 guns had been removed from the streets.
Meager turnout for Saturdays buyback didnt dampen supporters of the concept who wish to start a program to give refurbished laptops and computer training for at-risk young people seeking to trade a weapon for an opportunity.
ATF agents told Oakland Mayor Jean Quan that buying guns in Oakland was easier than anywhere else. Another buyback is set to take place in August or September.
Quan said these community efforts are a powerful force in removing guns from the streets and curbing violence:
What these 100 moms are doing here is going to be just as powerful as having 50 federal agents.
(Could invite Mikie Doomberg.)
I could use some parts off the Jennings and Phoenix Saturday Night Specials that are being turned in. Once set up properly, they’re fun little guns.
I always think of the term “buyback” as if the guns belonged to the cops to start with. How can the buy back what was never theirs?
That town is full of gangbangers ...they arent going to sell their guns...They want them to kill and rob with.
the honest People arent going to sell their guns...they need them for protection....
Stupid Oakland Leftist Govt Morons.
Not the first...the first was even worse:
Feb 25, 2008
“Oaklands recent gun buyback was especially ridiculous. The police offered up to $250 for a gun “no questions asked, no ID required.” The first people in line? Two gun dealers from Reno with 60 cheap handguns. Fortunately the buyback did manage to get some guns off the street, too bad they were turned in by a bunch of senior citizens from an assisted living facility.”
They had to shut it down when they ran out of money....several dealers from Nevada were unhappy.
There's a sucker born every minute!
...Maybe every 30 seconds in Oakland.
I hope no law-abiding citizen surrendered his or her firearm.
Activities such as these will not deter criminals, however.
I wish they’d have a gun buyback program in my neighborhood. I have an old Ithaca M-66 SuperSingle shotgun with a cracked and unrepairable frame that I’d love to sell for $100.
The failure of this is the fault of Zero — the Obama Recession, the upsurge in jihad worldwide, his failure to enforce the law — and the Occutard riots nationwide, and the riots local to Oaktown. Thanks marktwain.
I’ve got an old Iver Johnson .32 S&W with a cracked cylinder I would sell for $100.
Same here. I’ve got a 20 ga Montgomery ward minus the barrel. I paid $15 for at a yard sale. Gladly take $100 for it.
Some wit could have fun with this, publicizing the next buy back is for $100 in crack rocks. They would probably get more guns from the flea-brains out there.
“Here my gun, where da crack?”
“What you mean, no crack? Den I ain’t gibben you my gun!”
“What you mean you takin’ my gun anyways?”
Oh, that’s funny! Kudos to the dealers from Reno who took advantage of this stupidity.
What they really need is a criminal turn-in program.
Now that’s thinking outside the box. One weapon for your choice of meth or coke. They would be buried in guns.
Or for the big guns .... Nike sneaks!
Just so long as no one figures out that gun buy backs are just a way to disarm Blacks so it will be easier to round them up when the time comes.
And Farrakhan is carrying out his part of the plan as well. He’ll tell folks that they are going to that separate nation that he’s demanded. So they’ll get on the transports without a fuss.
Fruitvale to 98th Ave. is owned by the drug dealers so no drugger is gonna surrender steel, only lawabiders will coz the podmasters are running things there and they are watching every move the cowboys make there and video`g everything and everyone who goes near the cowboys. Then they [druggers]will go to their houses for revenge. The cowboys are endangering innocent people by doing these stupoid buybacks...