by Rommel Conclara, ABS-CBN News
SAN FRANCISCO – Fil-Am community leader Rudy Corpuz Jr. has teamed up with the San Francisco Police Department to get more guns off the street through a gun buyback program.
The kick-off event will be held this Saturday, December 17 at the United Playaz Headquarters, from 8am to 12 noon.
Corpuz and his anti-violence youth program, United Playaz, have been involved with the program for the last four years, and said their last gun buyback was very successful.
“We were able to get 271 guns off the streets, and I’m talking about serious war weapons: AK-47s, AR-15s; no questions asked,” Corpuz, executive director of the program, said.
People will receive $100 for donating handguns, and $200 for assualt weapons.
“We’re really thankful we have small businesses in the South of Market that care, that can provide the funds to these families that might just need a little extra on the holiday season,” said Jane Kim, District 6 Supervisor. “For me, it’s whatever it takes to get these guns off the streets.”
The nation also remembers the four-year anniversary of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, when 20-year-old Adam Lanza fatally shot 20 children, 6 adult staff, his mother, and himself.
“There were so many people affected from that one event, and that’s what happens with one gun. One gun. How many lives were destroyed? It’s like throwing a rock in a pond. You see the ripple effects hit everybody,” said Corpuz.
Yesterday in Fairfax, Virginia, family members of gun violence victims protested outside of the NRA headquarters, calling for tougher gun laws.
It was the third straight year of protests, always falling on the Sandy Hook shooting anniversary.
Meanwhile, Sandy Hook families celebrated a victory in Congress on Tuesday, when President Barack Obama signed a new bipartisan health bill into law that includes funding to expand access to mental health care.
Families said they have been advocating for the bill for more than three years.