Thursday, October 15, 2009
Trade in one gun and you get a $100 gift certificate to Shop Rite. Sounds like a good deal, right? Well this Saturday, October 17, the 39th police district and the Beloved Saint Evangelistic Church, both located in North Philadelphia, are teaming together with Philly Safety Net for the Gun Buy-Back event in which participants are encouraged to turn in guns they own or find for a $100 gift card to Shop Rite. The event, which is part of the "Foods for Firearms" event, is one of the efforts by Philly Safety Net, the Philadelphia Police Department and local communities to reduce gun violence in the city.
Though the event has not received much publicity over the past couple of years, the last gun buy-back event retrieved a total of 618 guns, the highest amount since the initiative began, according to Ron Jackson, a police officer in the 35th police district. The event will include several booths of organizations, such as Mothers in Church, Townwatch and various other medical centers in the area, who are also involved with anti-violence initiatives. The office of Congressman Chaka Fattah, who represents the 2nd district of Philadelphia, said he will be involved with the Gun Buy-Back event but it was not confirmed whether or not he will be attending the actual event on Saturday.
Group 13, Nicetown/Tioga, Ayisha Arshad, Morgan Ashenfelter
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