On November 14 the Greensboro, North Carolina, Police Department (GPD) held a turn-in for ‘unwanted’ guns and a video report of the event showed a collection box containing one knife and another box with a BB gun in it.
The GPD announced the turn-in on November 10 via Facebook with a post that said, in part:
Greensboro police are asking at least 1,000 residents of the Gate City to show their commitment to safety by signing a “Pledge of Nonviolence” this Saturday, Nov. 14 at Destiny Christian Center, 2401 Randleman Rd. from 9 am to 3 pm. At the same event, gun owners can safely turn in unwanted firearms from their homes. Police employees will be accepting handguns, rifles, shotguns, and ammunition at the event. This is not a buy-back program. No cash will be given in exchange for weapons voluntarily surrendered to police.
The pledge and the opportunity to turn in weapons are spurred, in part, by an increase in gun violence. This year compared to last, gun violence has increased 68%. The term ‘gun violence’ includes any crimes against people in which weapons were used, and shootings into occupied dwellings. An incident can be classified as gun violence even if no one was injured.
Time Warner Cable News (TWCN) reported on the gun turn-in with a video that showed one knife–complete with a leather sheath–and a BB gun pistol with plastic handles made to resemble the real wood handles on many real handguns. But TWCN reported that “almost 1,000” people did sign the “Pledge of Nonviolence” which was available to be signed during the event.
On August 21 Breitbart News reported that Boston Mayor Marty Walsh (D) relaunched his gun buyback efforts after that city’s buyback program garnered one gun between January 1 and August 14 of this year.
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