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Friday, March 20, 2015

Gun Buy Back: Saving Lives in the Western Addition

Posted By on Fri, Mar 20, 2015 at 12:01 PM

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Rudy Corpuz wants you to give up your guns. The former gang member, drug dealer and addict now runs United Playaz, a SOMA outreach and advocacy group which seeks to help young men, particularly in the African American community, avoid getting caught up in a lifestyle that nearly ruined his own life.

This Saturday, United Playaz will join other organizations for a gun buy back in the Western Addition, where you can anonymously turn over your gun for cash — and for good reason.

"One in three homes with children have guns, many are unlocked," Corpuz tells SF Weekly

And he should know. "I was a drug dealer, caught up in a drug gang," he said. "I always had an extreme personality. I was the best drug dealer, the best gang banger, and so I became an addict."

He credits organization such as Glide Memorial Church with helping him turn his life around. At United Playaz, he mentors youth with job placement programs, by talking to kids in schools, and by going out into the hood to defuse altercations before they get out of hand.

United Playaz is a regular participant in the gun buyback program. The procedure is simple: show up at the Ella Hill Hutch Community Center tomorrow between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. and hand over your guns, then collect your cash. You will get $100 for each handgun and $200 for assault rifles. No questions will be asked, and, no, you don't need to show any ID. 

Corpuz tells us that medical marijuana dispensaries were critical in providing funds to pay gun sellers.

"If we only get one gun off the street, it's a victory," Corpuz said. "One gun has ten bullets, so we can save ten lives."

Corpuz pointed out that an eleventh life might also be saved: the life of the person pulling the trigger. 

More info on United Playaz:      

Gun Buy Back
Saturday March 21, 9am-1pm
Ella Hill Hutch Community Center
1050 McAllister       

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