SOTG 236 - Drop Box for Guns, Seriously?

(Photo Source: Brian Cox/City of Tacoma)

In a move that will closely mirror the courageous “Get a life, Bin that knife” campaign in Merry Old England, Tacoma, Washington is pushing for a Drop Box for Guns. Yes, the city council, police chief and other tax and oxygen thieves in Tacoma are all for the voluntary surrender of “unwanted guns”.

Paul addresses a serious incident that hit close to the Student of the Gun family. A vicious piece of human filth victimized a young woman. The attack was not late at night in a bad neighborhood, but in the middle of the day, at her home. Also, Jarrad takes a moment during the SWAT Fuel Fitness Talks to relate the story of how he got his nickname “Lil Fedor”.


SOURCES:

From wgntv.com:

Police in Willowbrook, Ill., are searching for the man who stabbed, beat and sexually assaulted a woman in her west suburban home Saturday night.

The 26-year-old victim is in the intensive care unit at Good Samaritan Hospital but she is able to provide detectives with information about the attack.

Police tonight think they have at least an idea of what the man looks like who attacked the woman.

The victim’s sister told WGN the man who attacked her sister was described to her as skinny and around 5 feet 10 inches. He was wearing khaki shorts, a blue shirt, and was driving a blue-gray Nissan Altima with no front license plate and possibly had an Indiana plate on the back of the car. She also told WGN that her sister has no idea who the person is who attacked her.

Police say he pulled up into the woman’s driveway and asked her for money. She refused and went inside the home. He got out and asked to use the phone; she said no through a window. Then he forced his way into the home and stabbed her 17 times, including her face, chest and her arms, which she got trying to fight back. He also beat her, breaking six bones, and sexually assaulted her.

Anyone with information should call Willowbrook Police.

From www.guns.com:

Officials in Washington’s third largest city would like to see a standalone drop box set up to allow residents to get rid of their guns.

The concept, backed by police, the city’s gang reduction project coordinator, and members of the city council is part of an ongoing gun safety campaign started last year. While the city already allows the public to turn in guns to the police, those supporting the drop box contend that it could garner firearms from those unable or unwilling to contact authorities.

“If we get one or two, guess what? That’s one or two more guns not being accidentally or intentionally used,” City Councilwoman Victoria Woodards told the News Tribune. “That’s one less gun on the street.”

Tacoma Police Chief Don Ramsdell, who last year rejected calls for “no questions asked” gun buyback programs over concerns it could hamper potential investigations, while supporting the drop box also contends guns deposited would be checked for possible involvement in crime.

The logistics of the receptacle are still being worked out, with discussions on how to keep the box secure, how to cushion guns being deposited, and a location for the box.

City officials admit it is a new concept.

While police in the United Kingdom have set up anonymous turn in bins to get knives off the street after a series of stabbings, using them for guns hasn’t been explored.

“Nobody’s never done this before that we’re aware of,” said Melissa Cordeiro, the city’s gang reduction project coordinator. “That’s why we have to be really careful and really think it through.”

Corderio’s department runs the city’s ongoing Gun Safe T Education campaign launched last June, which asks parents and youth to take a pledge to help eliminate violence while advocating locked storage of firearms providing a mechanism for the surrender of unwanted firearms to local police. However, as noted on the campaign’s website, those seeking to turn guns in still have to provide their name and contact information.

Guns turned in will be destroyed.


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Paul G. Markel has worn many hats during his lifetime. He has been a U.S. Marine, Police Officer, Professional Bodyguard, and Small Arms and Tactics Instructor. Mr. Markel has been writing professionally for law enforcement and firearms periodicals for nearly twenty years with hundreds and hundreds of articles in print. Paul is a regular guest on nationally syndicated radio talk shows and subject matter expert in firearms training and use of force. Mr. Markel has been teaching safe and effective firearms handling to students young and old for decades and has worked actively with the 4-H Shooting Sports program. Paul holds numerous instructor certifications in multiple disciplines and a Bachelor’s degree in conflict resolution; nonetheless, he is and will remain a dedicated Student of the Gun.