NBC Bay Area reports,
A gun buyback day in San Francisco and Oakland brought out huge crowds Saturday as local residents turned over firearms for cash.
Each person turning in a working firearm to police was given $200 cash. The line was around the block in San Francisco where the group ran out of cash by early afternoon and started handing out I.O.U.’s.
A woman named Jean-Margaret Strauss was one of the first in line. She said the shooting in Newtown helped motivate her to turn in three guns that used to be her father’s. She said her guns weren’t jeopardizing anyone, but turning them in was a way to honor her family history. She said she kept her dad’s holster and plans to put gardening tools in it. “I don’t have to keep a hold of the guns,” Strauss said.
Oakland’s citizens gave even more guns back, including assault weapons and Ak-47s; the line of people returning guns, which was comprised of those standing and those in cars, was almost two miles long. A limit of three per person was imposed.
Oakland’s police chief, Howard Jordan, said, “When we remove guns off our streets that could be used in a crime, we reduce the possibility of our youth and community being a victim.”
There’s only one problem with this scenario: in all likelihood, it’s the law-abiding citizens returning guns. The criminals are not about to surrender theirs. All reports from the scene quote people who were highly unlikely to use their firearms for criminal activity in the first place.