Gun Buy-Back Aimed at Keeping Weapons Out of Homes

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NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WGGB) — The first-ever Valley Gun Buy-Back was held Saturday at the Northampton and Greenfield Police stations.

Gun owners were asked to bring their unloaded firearms in a bag. In return for handguns, rifles, and shotguns, they received $50 gift cards. Two gift cards were given for assault weapons.

All weapons had to be in working condition. Ammunition was also accepted.

Police say they hope that the program will keep weapons out of homes. However, it’s not just in an attempt to stop crime.

Mother Linda Shippie says the program will keep people from hurting themselves. “My only child shot himself with no apparent signs of depression,” she explains.

Experts at the Centers for Disease Control say homes with guns are five times more likely to experience the suicide of a household member than homes without guns.

“Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the country and we are trying to raise awareness by having people remove guns from their homes,” says Ida Konderwicz, the Injury Prevention Coordinator at Baystate Health System.

Just two hours into Saturday’s event, more than 200 guns had been collected at the two stations.

Police say the C.D.C. estimates that 30,000 people are killed each year by firearms in the United States. Half of them are between the ages of 18 and 35.

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  • alpinequeen

    Is this part of the grand plan to disarm the law abiding citizens? They’re going after the wrong people. How about a gun buy back program to get guns off the streets?

    • Texas TopCat

      You are exactly correct. When the citizens can not give resistance to violence, we have things like biker gang attacks in NYC. The criminals have become very bold in that in many areas the citizens are unarmed and can not fight back. Without a way to protect yourself you are at the mercy of criminals, police are necessary but will no protect you in many cases. As in the NY Biker gang there were police officer present and members of the biker gang. So, it should be clear that the policies of MAIG/Bloomberg are part of the problem.

  • crime

    Please take note…all guns must be in working condition…..so they can be re-sold……pleanty of cops just got some new gifts for their friends and family..

  • PkUpMan

    Let’s buy back cars….According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 32,885 people died in traffic crashes in 2010 in the United States including an estimated 10,228 people who died in drunk driving crashes, accounting for 31% of all traffic deaths that year. My ‘aim’ is to keep me and my family safe with firearms.

  • doggone

    Thank you for these stats. The anti gun activist are always coming up with distorted stats that give gun ownership a bad name.
    Most of these gun incidents are due to gang related incidents.
    If you want to get rid of your guns, go to a legit ament dealer and get some real money for them.

  • Jeremy

    The kids that got shot are due to negligent parents. It’s the law to lock it up. Why was it out in the open for kids to get their hands on?

    Let’s take all the guns out of home! When someone’s on top of my wife raping her and Beating my daughter, I’ll politely ask them to stop.

    $50 for a gun? Go to your local gun shop and sell it there. I guarantee you’ll get at least double.

    • Texas TopCat

      “When someone’s on top of my wife raping her and Beating my daughter, I’ll politely ask them to stop.” – well in CO the lawmakers seem to think “pee” is more effective than a gun.
      I have not seen any stats on violence prevented by urine, but I have seen stats that a gun prevents violence 2.5 – 3.0 million times a year.

  • Jake

    It is time that people take a look in the mirror and realize that guns are not the problem, crazy F’ing people are the problem! I have been using firearms for over 30 years, and not ONCE have I been injured, nor has anybody I know been injured. The media loves to make a big deal over anything to do with guns or gun crimes. Once again, it’s not the gun, it’s the person using it that makes it dangerous. So if you all think for a second that stricter laws are going to help, think again….

  • doggone

    Finally some people who make sense!!!
    I’m with you guys.

  • doggone

    ” Gun buyback aimed at keeping guns out of homes ”
    I guess the authorities finally realized that the buyback won’t stop gun violence. So now it’s supposed to keep people from hurting themselves.
    Does anyone buy this crap ?