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Phoenix gun buyback funded by anonymous $100,000 donation


Mayor Greg Stanton and other city officials held a news conference Tuesday to share details of the effort, which Stanton announced in his State of the City address February.

“Gun buybacks are a very positive thing in the community,” Stanton said. “They allow for unwanted weapons to get off the street, and that’s a positive thing for our Phoenix Police Department.”

The buyback events, offering gift cards to grocery and electronic stores, will take place the first three Saturdays in May in church parking lots in the South Mountain, Maryvale and Sunnyslope areas. Those turning in weapons will remain anonymous.

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Comment by Ed Price
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I'm scared. Too many crooks won't sell their guns in the buyback. I don't own a gun. Can't afford one. And since they are just going to destroy all those guns they get from the buybacks anyway, couldn't they please give me one of them? I can still afford the ammo, but if they have any of that to spare as well... please?

Comment by Darren Wolfe
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“(Buybacks) make people feel good, but they do nothing to reduce violence on the street,” said Joe Clure, president of the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association. “The reality of the matter is gun buybacks are doing zero percent for public safety.”

Researchers who have evaluated gun-control strategies say buybacks, despite their popularity, are among the least-effective ways to reduce gun violence. They say targeted police patrols, intervention efforts with known criminals and, to a lesser extent, tougher gun laws all work better than buybacks.

“They make for good photo images,” said Michael Scott, director of the Center for Problem-Oriented Policing, based at the University of Wisconsin’s law school. “But gun-buyback programs recover such a small percentage of guns that it’s not likely to make much impact.”

The biggest weakness of buybacks, he said, is the firearms they usually collect are insignificant when measured against the arsenal in the hands of American citizens. The government estimates there are more than 310 million guns in America today, nearly enough to arm every man, woman and child in the country.

Scott said buyback programs tend to attract the people least likely to commit crimes and to retrieve guns least likely to be used in crimes. Violent criminals steer clear of buyback programs unless they’re trying to make some quick cash by selling a weapon they don’t want anymore, he said.


Comment by Temper Bay
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 There is the putrid smell of Bloomberg in the air surrounding this.

Comment by Keith Cyrnek
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I will b there, with federal reserve notes in hand. I hope there is an ammo buyback as well. I will be there to buy b4 the people get ripped off. Who's with me! :-) RP 4512

Comment by Howard Pearlman
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I will just bet that the donor is the same guy spending 12 million bucks on an anti-gun initiative nationally ie Bloomberg.   Gee, if whoever it is is so committed to this idea, and it is so noble, why wouldn't they want the world to know who they are?  Maybe someone will come forward and tell us.

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