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Friday, December 12, 2014

Cops Will Pay You For Your Gun

Posted By on Fri, Dec 12, 2014 at 4:11 PM

click to enlarge Mattie Scott
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Just as news broke of a school shooting in Portland today, a coalition of various anti-gun organizations gathered at City Hall in San Francisco to talk about how to rid the streets of guns. Their next plan: a gun buyback event tomorrow morning.

From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., gun owners can hand in their firearms, no questions asked. Head over to United Playaz, 1038 Howard St., and collect $100 for every gun turned over; $200 will be given for assault rifles. No one will be arrested. No IDs need to be shown. 

The goal is simple and obvious: eliminate gun violence. 

"Getting one gun off the streets is a victory," said United Playaz's Rudy Valentino as he addressed the crowd. "Because that's one gun that can't kill." 

Valentino admits that in his younger days he toted guns on the streets of San Francisco. But his life is now dedicated to stopping the cycle of violence. "I was once a monster," he said. "Now I'm a mentor."

Many of those in attendance at City Hall said they've been personally affected by gun violence, including bereaved mom Mattie Scott who lost her son to a 1996 shooting. "It's the second anniversary of Sandy Hook," Scott noted. "We should not have to remember those kids: we should have addressed this long ago."

District 5 Supervisor London Breed attended the event, saying it's important to make sure that lawbreakers don't get their hands on guns in the first place. "Each of us must step up and let lawmakers know how we've been impacted by gun violence," the Supervisor said. "There were three homicides in my district this past month."

Also in the crowd of faces was San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon who vowed to work to get guns out of the hands of mentally ill people. 

The gun buyback is being sponsored in part by Gun X Gun, an anti-gun organization co-founded by San Francisco resident Ian Johnstone, who lost his father in a shooting on California Street 22 years ago. "The shooter was 16 years old," he said. "The gun was stolen — it's not a unique story."

Johnstone hopes that people will donate to the buy back's fundraising page. All the cash raised will go towards getting guns off the streets. 

Donations can be made until midnight tonight.      

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