SAN FRANCISCO – A total of 101 weapons were taken off the streets Saturday morning.
For Maddy Scott, a mother who lost her son almost 20 years ago after an intoxicated man shot him six times, more families should not have to go through her pain.
“At the end of the day, I want my son to come home and your son to come home,” said Scott. “That’s the mentality we have to have in this country to stop the killing and start the healing.”
From 8 a.m. to noon, members of the community worked with the San Francisco Police Department to help facilitate the event.
People were given $100 per handgun and $200 per assault weapon–no questions asked.
The SFPD handled all the weapons turned in. They said it was important to build a relationship with the community through this event.
“I believe that partnership speaks to enhance in public safety, getting guns off the street which assists in our efforts in preventing injuries or deaths,” said SFPD Capt. Daryl Fong.
Rudy Corpuz of United Playaz said it was a win-win situation not only for potential victims but the people shooting as well.
“Major of the guns used in violent crimes are guns that were actually stolen from someone,” said Rico Hamilton of the city’s Street Violence Intervention program. “It’s good to get those guns off the streets.”
Community members said that despite recent anti-police protests, they agree that the police must be a part of the community they serve.
“The way we start the healing is what we’re doing here today,” added Scott. “Collectively together with SFPD, with the mayor’s office, with mothers like me who lost children to violence. Take our anger and rage out in a positive way that’s going to bring solutions, that’s going to bring healing.”
Another gun buy-back event is scheduled to take place in mid-December.