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Atta girl: Baltimore woman participates in gun buyback program to upgrade to a “better weapon”

Mayor Catherine Pugh: “We want your guns”

From Fox News: A woman in Baltimore is using the city’s gun buyback program, not to get firearms off the street but to upgrade to a better weapon.

On Monday, the city’s Police Department paid gun owners anywhere from $25 to $500 for their unwanted firearms and magazines in an attempt to get weapons off the street, FOX 45 News reported. By 5:30 p.m., more than 500 firearms had been collected.

The city paid out $25 for rifle magazines that carry more than 10 rounds, $100 for revolvers, and pump and bolt-action weapons, $200 for semi-automatic weapons and $500 for fully automatic weapons.

While some residents turned in firearms that went unused for years, a woman who went by the name Darlene told the station she was turning in her 9 mm so she could “upgrade to a better weapon.”

“I don’t know [what type of weapon],” she said. “I haven’t quite decided.”

Others said they were turning in their weapons for quick cash or to support the city’s efforts to thwart gun violence.

Many cities have embraced gun buyback campaigns in recent years, but experts have said they are ineffective at reducing gun violence, USA Today reported.

A big flaw is that the firearms collected usually are not the kind typically used in crimes. “They make for good photo images,” said Michael Scott, director of the Center for Problem Oriented Policing, based at the University of Wisconsin’s law school. “But gun buyback programs recover such a small percentage of guns that it’s not likely to make much impact.”

Another problem is the programs tend to attract people who are less likely to commit crimes.

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh said she isn’t deterred by the studies. (Of course not, why let facts get in the way of your feeeeeeeeeelings.)

“There are all kinds of studies that say all kinds of different things,” the mayor told Fox last week. “Our point here is, there are guns on the streets of our city. We are signaling folks out there, we don’t care if it’s Grandpa’s gun or your gun, we want it.”

The city hosted another buyback campaign Wednesday and will have another Friday.

In Hartford, Conn., city officials have held a gun buyback programs for the past decade. A buyback campaign last week netted 137 firearms, FOX 61 reported. Some of the firearms are destroyed while others serve a more useful purpose. A manhole cover used in the 1990s was made from 172 pounds of confiscated guns. Another Nazi-era firearm was auctioned.

“Not one more victim of senseless violence or gun in the wrong hands that will commit an act of violence,” said Hartford Police Lt. Paul Cicero, a detective in the Hartford police Major Crimes Division. “Just recently we had a four-year-old that shot themselves in the hand with an unsecured firearm in a house that was also an unwanted gun. So, we want to take those guns off the street.”

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Baltimore mayor: Murder rate out of control

File this under “Behaviors have consequences”.
In April 2015, encouraged by their black mayor, Baltimore — a majority-black city of roughly 623,000 — erupted into race riots over the death-in-police-custody of Freddie Gray.
The riots plunged Baltimore, the largest city in the State of Maryland, into a state of emergency, wracked by rioting, burning, and looting. 15 buildings were burnt down and many others damaged and looted; 144 cars burnt; pharmacies were looted for drugs; at least 15 police officers were injured; some 200 people were arrested; schools were closed. Business owners, including black owners, fled for their lives, and looters just took what they wanted. One shop-owner said he called police 50 times, but no one came. (Daily Mail)
What began as protests quickly conflagrated into violent riots, in part because the protesters understood Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s comment, “we also gave those who wished to destroy space to do that as well,” as a permission to riot. (See “A movie becomes real: Baltimore race riots understood mayor’s words as permission to Purge“)

The riots’ aftermath was a state of anarchy in Baltimore — in which homicides spiked, police presence was scarce, and residents lived in fear, especially in black neighborhoods. For that matter, the crime spike was not just in Baltimore and Ferguson, but nationwide.
In November 2015, 7 months after the riots, the city admitted a 78% increase in homicides over the same period in 2014, which is more than 100 additional deaths. The surge in killings can be pinpointed to have begun after the riots.
Criminologists and city officials disagree as to the causes for the murder spike:

  • Some say police have deliberately pulled back from poor, black neighbourhoods, a theory that the police disputes.
  • Others blame an influx of drugs from pharmacies looted during the April riots.
  • A third theory is that a decline in trust between the police and the policed has had deadly consequences: fewer residents talk to the police, which leads to fewer murders being solved, which—by lowering the odds of being caught—results in more murders.

Whatever the reason, the killing is continuing.

WJZ CBS Baltimore reports, April 28, 2017, that Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh declared the city’s murder rate is out of control. Violence in Baltimore has reached a crisis level of 100 murders before the end of April — the first time that’s happened in 20 years since 1998.
Mayor Pugh is asking for help from the FBI: “Murder is out of control. I’m calling on all the assistance we can possibly get because I can’t imagine going into our summer months with our crime rate where it is today, what that’s going to look like by the end of the summer.”
Pugh met with the special agent in charge of the Baltimore division of the FBI, but wouldn’t provide specifics. She says they’ll come out next week, and the FBI isn’t talking.
WJZ spoke to public safety expert Rob Weinhold, who isn’t sure the FBI alone will be effective: “I don’t think relying on federal resources is a new strategy at all, in fact, I think the devil is in the detail. You can talk about the FBI and that’s fine, but I’d actually like to see more emphasis on drug enforcement administration, ATF, and the Marshall service to get these folks who are wanted on warrants off the street.”
President Trump has advocated sending in feds to stem violence in Chicago and other cities.
The FBI has 56 field offices nationwide and provides assistance in gang and drug cases. The Bureau had helped during the 2015 riots in Baltimore, by using a video-equipped surveillance plane to monitor lawbreakers — which alarmed privacy advocates.
In May 2015, Freddie Gray’s death was ruled a homicide. 6 Baltimore cops, including 3 blacks, were taken into custody. Caesar R. Goodson Jr., the police officer with the most serious charge — that of depraved heart murder — is black.

Separate trails against the six police officers began in December 2015 through July 2016. The trial against Officer William Porter ended in mistrial. Officers Goodson, Nero, and Rice were found not guilty; the remaining charges against the officers were dropped on July 27, 2016. (Wikipedia)
Like another homicidal city, Chicago, Baltimore too has very strict gun laws. In 2013, the Maryland State Assembly passed one of the strictest gun laws in America — the Firearm Safety Act. (NewsMax)
Baltimore has the distinction of being ranked 19th among the world’s 50 most dangerous cities in 2016. (See “U.S. has 4 of world’s 50 most dangerous cities”)
So much for gun control . . . .
~Eowyn

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