It seems like the gun debate is reignited every time there's a mass shooting, only to be forgotten shortly after. Meanwhile hundreds of thousands of people continue to die each year from gun-related violence nationwide.
A couple of San Francisco residents are doing what they can locally to halt gun violence with the power of crowd funding. Ian Johnstone and Eric King started an indiegogo campaign to raise $20,000, which would go toward a gun buyback program in San Francisco, dubbed gunbygun. They're launching their campaign tonight with a fundraiser at John Colins at 138 Minna St. The event starts at 6 p.m.
All the money will go to Omega Boys Club of San Francisco, a nonprofit dedicated to ending gun violence, which will host the gun buyback program later this summer. The Dogpatch-based nonprofit hosted a successful gun buyback program in which it netted almost 300 guns last year.
According to the campaign website:
Our vision is to empower individuals to prevent gun violence in their communities by reducing the number of guns around them. Research shows that communities with fewer guns have less gun violence.We believe that if ordinary citizens can finance gun buyback programs, we will be able to remove enough guns from our streets to make a dent in this problem.This approach allows us to get started now, without waiting for legislators to act.
There are other efforts underway to get guns off the street. District 9 Supervisor David Campos is considering using some of the $100,000 discretionary money his district received from the city for a gun buyback program.
Should the project reach its goal, individuals will get $100 for every gun they turn over to authorities, no questions asked. San Francisco police Department takes the guns and destroys them.
If you hate guns but love cocktails, head down to the bar tonight for the fundraiser and a few drinks.