4,050 weapons off Chicago streets thanks to buyback program.

There were shiny six-shooter revolvers, polished wooden rifles, semiautomatic handguns,…

There were shiny six-shooter revolvers, polished wooden rifles, semiautomatic handguns, pistols, rifles and even two hand grenades.

In a citywide effort Saturday to try to curb the violence on Chicago streets, police collected more than 4,000 guns and other weapons in exchange for gift cards worth up to $100.

Residents frustrated by the gun violence that has long plagued their neighborhoods marched through the streets, many of them bereaved mothers who recited poems, sang songs and prayed for an end to the shooting.

“No mother should have to bury a son,” said Vallie Smith, whose son, Mario Hines, 21, was shot to death in March. Hines had been arrested in 2007 for illegally carrying a handgun himself.

His mother joined about 100 demonstrators marching through a patch of Ashburn where there have been several recent shootings. The Southwest Side neighborhood was among 22 sites were guns were collected Saturday, with a total of 4,050 handed in by the end of the day, Chicago police said. Fifty-five were assault weapons, 3,335 were handguns and there were 660 fake replicas.

“We have to get the guns and gangs out of here,” Smith said. “Whoever did this to my son, I hope their mother doesn’t ever have to feel this pain.”

Collecting guns from their owners may seem like a futile effort to skeptics, since those voluntarily turning in their weapons are likely not the ones behind neighborhood violence that has devastated some communities, acknowledged Chicago Police Superintendent Jody Weis. But the program nonetheless means there are fewer weapons around that could somehow end up in the wrong hands, he said.

Source: Lolly Bowean and Dan Simmons for Chicago Tribune.

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  • AJ

    Not sure how cities in Canada compare to Chicago? I know we are not without our problems. But if you want bureaucrats and goverment officials to restrict you from owning a handgun or what the US considers hunting hardware then Canada is the place for you. Ridiculous. From magazine capacities to length of barrrels.Oh, you can’t conceal this, blah!, blah!, blah! Pinko Commies!

  • General Jim M

    If only cops and soldiers have guns millions of unarmed citizens will die.That is usually the end result.If a cop or a soldier does not want his’ boss ( the American citizen ) to have a gun,they should not be cops or soldiers.The only reason to disarm the citizens is that the government wants to be able to abuse them without fear of reprisal.

  • General Jim M

    Buyback suggests that at one time the government owned the weapons and they simply want to buy them back.If anything it will be petty criminals selling someone else’s guns for some quick cash.Why don’t they just pray for a big hurricane to hit them, so they can go door to door confiscating American citizens’ guns,like they did after KATRINA.

  • Guns have been banned in Chicago since 1982…
    Chicago Murder Rate Rises Despite Gun Ban
    Thursday, 06 May 2010 10:24 AM Article Font Size
    By: John Lott

    With Chicago murders soaring, some local politicians are calling for the National Guard to help stop crime. But Mayor Daley isn’t having any of it. His solution is more of the same old policies that contributed to Chicago’s violence in the first place.

    By last Sunday, Chicago had racked up 113 homicides so far this year, up from the already high 101 over the same period last year. With Chicago experiencing the second highest murder rate among the largest 10 cities, it’s understandable that Chicagoans are worried.

    One would think Mayor Daley would have already learned the lesson that the city’s gun ban has failed but perhaps such a failure is hard to admit.

    Since late 1982, Chicago has banned the private ownership of handguns. Over the next 19 years, there were only three years where the murder rate was as low as when the ban started.

    As shown in the forthcoming third edition of my book “More Guns, Less Crime,” before the ban, Chicago’s murder rate was falling relative to the nine other largest cities, the 50 largest cities, the five counties that border Cook county, as well as the U.S. as a whole. After the ban, Chicago’s murder rate rose relative to all these other places.

    People constantly hear about bad things that happen with guns and it is easy to understand why Mayor Daley and others think that if they ban guns, the problem will go away. But it is the law-abiding good citizens, not the criminals, who obey these laws.

    Rather than making it so that the law-abiding citizens are safe, a ban means that criminals are safe and have little reason to worry about their victims defending themselves.

    There is a reason why every gun ban results in higher murder rates. If Daley can’t make himself do the right thing and let Chicagoans defend themselves, possibly the Supreme Court will fix things.

    The court is currently deciding a case, McDonald v. Chicago, brought by Chicago residents who are not being allowed to defend themselves.

    In the year after the Supreme Court’s Heller decision that struck down D.C.’s handgun ban and, even more importantly, let citizens keep their guns unlocked so that they were available to be used, D.C.’s murder rate fell by 25 percent, reducing it to the lowest it has been since the 1960s.

    That was achieved without having to call in troops. Police are extremely important in stopping crime, but even the police understand that they almost always arrive on the scene after a crime has occurred.

    Letting victims have the chance to defend themselves is one sure way of reducing crime rates.

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  • Guns are inanimate objects…evil people with evil intent use tools to kill and intimidate those who have been left unarmed and without their right to self defense. Chicago’s problem is not the gun it is the cultural rot that exists throughout its being. Illegitmate children with no family structure in the tens of thousands. A welfare system that rewards sloth, inaction, and a criminal political class that feeds off of the votes of the underclass that they keep in bondage. Chicago is the poster boy for failure.

  • MOSTLY junk I am sure….Only the COPS and the Bangers have guns in Chicago…..SOON THE SUPREMES WILL DEMAND THAT THE 2ND AMENDMENT BE RESTORED IN CHICAGO….DAILY THE TYRANT WILL DELAY…AND DITHER JUST LIKE THEY ARE DOING IN DC… DAILY IS SUCH AN ARROGANT TYRANT THAT HE IS THREATENING TO GO TO THE WORLD COURT…HEY MAYOR…CHICAGO IS IN AMERICA….