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Exchanging guns for gift cards
Rochester, N.Y. - A new community coalition is raising money in hopes of buying hundreds of guns in Rochester this weekend. For the first time, Southwest Gun Buyback has joined forces with the police department and attorney generals office to host a gun buyback Saturday, exchanging guns for gift cards.
In memory of those killed by gun violence, friends and family made donations to support the buyback.
For every gun that comes in thats one less that could potentially injure or cause death to someone else, Bishop David J. Singleton said he doesnt want to see another family suffer. I wouldnt wish it on anyone, Singleton said.
The Bishops son, 31-year- old Jahmia Singleton was shot outside Club Network on Central Avenue in late June. Singleton said his son was an innocent bystander who became a victim of gun violence.
He was trying to break up a fight, Singleton said, thats how he ended up getting shot and killed.
A local pastor and friend of the family, made a donation to Southwest Gun Buyback in Jahmias name.
Singleton said its a gift that will help the community and carry on his sons legacy.
He was trying to keep peace and this gun buyback is designed to facilitate peace, Singleton said, to prevent or minimize the chance of this happening to another. Singleton said there are few people who have not been affected by the gun violence in Rochester.
Dr. Bill Morehouse said he sees too many patients with gunshot wounds at the Grace Family Medicine clinic, Unfortunately its common enough that were not surprised.
But this summer, one fatal shooting hit too close to home for the doctor and his staff.
A patient that Ive known for years, ever since he was a little boy, was seen in our office and that evening he was killed in gun violence, Morehouse said.
Tahje Orange was gunned down on Boston Street in July. The 20-year-old was shot at vigil for a friend who was killed in a shooting on the same street.
Morehouse said, There were tears, we wanted to reach out to the family, we felt helpless and the when this gun buyback developed we said we can bring a positive memory to this mans name by contributing.
Southwest Gun Buyback has collected more than six-thousand-dollars and the Attorney Generals Office promised up to 25-thousand-dollars.
No questions asked, guns can be anonymously dropped off in exchange for gift cards valued up to $150.
The gun buyback begins at 11 a.m. Saturday and will go until 2 p.m. in the community room behind Grace Family Medicine, located at 342 Arnett Boulevard.
Rochester Police will take the firearms but none will be processed, all of the guns collected will be destroyed.
If the gun might have been used in a violent act, it will take that away from that violent act.