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    You All Missed Your Chance...

    ... to trade in your $1000 AR15s for $200 gift cards. If they're going to take advantage of people who need groceries, they should at least make it a little more worth while. These days, with a family, $200 in groceries doesn't go far.

    In lean times, SoCal residents trade guns for food
    By THOMAS WATKINS, Associated Press Writer
    1 hr 34 mins ago

    LOS ANGELES – A program to exchange guns for gifts brought in a record number of weapons this year as residents hit hard by the economy look under the bed and in closets to find items to trade for groceries.

    The annual Gifts for Guns program ended Sunday in Compton, a working class city south of Los Angeles that has long struggled with gun and gang violence. In a program similar to ones in New York and San Francisco, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department allows residents to anonymously relinquish firearms in return for $100 gift cards for Ralphs supermarkets, Target department stores or Best Buy electronics stores.

    Turning in assault rifles yields double that amount.

    In years past, Target and Best Buy were the cards of choice, with residents wanting presents for the holidays.

    This year, most asked for the supermarket cards, said sheriff's Sgt. Byron Woods.

    "People just don't have the money to buy the food these days," he said.

    Deputies were counting the weapons collected and expected to gather about 1,000. Authorities said 590 guns and two hand grenades were handed in during the last weekend in November, more than the total collected in any year and eclipsing last year's 387 guns.

    Compton's violent history has been chronicled in such gangsta rap albums as N.W.A.'s "Straight Outta Compton." But Woods said most of the residents who turned in weapons were "family people."

    "One guy said he had just got laid off from his job," Woods said. "He turned in five guns and said it would really help him to put food on the family's table."

    Gun owners dropped their weapons off at a local grocery store parking lot. Deputies checked the weapons to see whether they had been used in crimes, then destroyed them.

    The annual drive started in 2005 after a spike in killings, though the murder rate has since dropped.

    One man brought in a Soviet-era semiautomatic carbine.

    "If that got into the wrong hands of gangbangers, they could kill several people within minutes," Woods said. "Our biggest fear is a house getting burglarized and these guns getting taken."

    The drive also has yielded antique weapons.

    Gift cards for the guns exchange were paid mostly by Los Angeles County, but the three companies involved and the city of Compton, which contracts the county for police protection, also donated funds.

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    If that got into the wrong hands of gangbangers, they could kill several people within minutes
    So could most guns since the Civil War musket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kg333 View Post
    So could most guns since the Civil War musket.

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    So could the car that they drove to give their guns away. I'm guessing that most of the guns turned in were probably worth less than $100.

    Here in NY last year they had one of these gun turn-in programs that was advertised to be a no-questions-asked, amnesty for those turning guns in program. One of the handguns had a serial number that came up stolen many years earlier, and the guy turning it in was arrested. So much for amnesty...

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    And people say the Hi-point was useless

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    Quote Originally Posted by DevilsJohnson View Post
    And people say the Hi-point was useless

    LOL... Good point.

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    Only two hand grenades... ?

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    They want the guns and the food it seems...
    http://heidilore.wordpress.com/2008/...in-rural-ohio/

    Whoever controls the guns, media, food, money and fuel while forcing your kids into their schools, would have ultimate control and power.

    ...hmm good potential signature quote there.. I'm sure someone smarter than I said it first though.. surely.

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    My wife would love that. "Hey honey, you know the gun that you think is absolutely ridiculous and that I've got close to $2000 in to? I turned it in for a $200 gift card!"

    $200 would be about a week's worth of food for us.

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    my wife would turn one gun into a QVC shopping spree!!!!!!
    Next week I will start my own Guns for gifts program.

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    Quote Originally Posted by babs View Post
    They want the guns and the food it seems...
    http://heidilore.wordpress.com/2008/...in-rural-ohio/

    Whoever controls the guns, media, food, money and fuel while forcing your kids into their schools, would have ultimate control and power.

    ...hmm good potential signature quote there.. I'm sure someone smarter than I said it first though.. surely.
    Held at gunpoint, including children, from 11am to 8pm!?! 9 hours? What the hell? Take the people into custody, or let them go. You don't just point a gun and say sit still!

    I sincerely hope every last member on that SWAT team was fired for that fiasco.

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    Sorry.. might be one for it's own thread but if this one is true, it's getting absolutely NO press coverage, what... so... ever. who da thunk it. nice cover up there media. lift carpet, sweep story under. back to biz as usual on union/auto bailouts and the econ collapse. Yeah this one may or may not deserve it's own thread. It's not even confirmed but I saw it on a few different odd ball web news sites. Kinda like that case during the Clinton era with the guy suspected of a sawed off shotgun they bunkered in and went after with snipers and it got all ugly.. wife shot, etc. Can't remember the guys name now.. as intended.

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