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Gun Buy-Back Program on the SF Peninsula
by Jamie Donoghue
Sunday Feb 24th, 2013 12:24 AM
A gun buy-back program on Feb 23 had the goal first and foremost of getting guns off the street and out of homes where children can get hurt. A second goal: to study whether gun buy-backs are effective.

Top photo: Steve Rhodes under creative commons license on flickr.com

A gun buy-back program on Feb 23 had the goal first and foremost of getting guns off the street and out of homes where children can get hurt. A second goal: to study whether gun buy-backs are effective. Police departments from Palo Alto, East Palo Alto and Menlo Park were given more than $50,000 to buy guns back from residents. The program started on Saturday.

The citizen led program was launched following the tragedy at Newtown School in Connecticut not long ago, and all funds were contributed by donors. Normally cities and counties pay for the costs of a buy-back program.

Stanford graduate students will do research to see if the effects are measurable. They will look at data from the three police departments and compare violent crime rates before and after the buy-back.

People who brought in guns yesterday were eligible to receive $100 for a handgun, $200 for a rifle or shotgun, and $300 for an assault weapon. Some left disappointed, when the police ran out of money. A discussion of gun control and a rally to end violence was held in front of Palo Alto City Hall the same day.

A publicly funded buy-back will be held by Santa Clara County on March 2.

§Congresswoman Jackie Speier speaks at rally
by Jamie Donoghue Sunday Feb 24th, 2013 12:24 AM

The Congresswoman was a victim of gun violence in 1978
§Mindy Finkelstein
by Jamie Donoghue Sunday Feb 24th, 2013 12:24 AM

Mindy came from the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence to speak to the crowd. She was a victim of gun violence in 1999 at the Jewish Community Center in Los Angeles
§Ruben Abrica Mayor of E. Palo Alto
by Jamie Donoghue Sunday Feb 24th, 2013 12:24 AM

Spoke about his desire to see a safe E. Palo Alto and a safe world
§The Congresswoman listens to questions
by Jamie Donoghue Sunday Feb 24th, 2013 12:24 AM

Raging Grannies in the background, say they are eager to hear the results of the Stanford study of the buy-back program. Photo by Steve Rhodes from flickr under creative commons license
§"Too many children are dying" sign
by Jamie Donoghue Sunday Feb 24th, 2013 12:24 AM

§A small child
by Jamie Donoghue Sunday Feb 24th, 2013 12:24 AM