Shooting surges Philadelphia City Council presides over gun repurchase program
As part of the gun repurchase program organized by the City Council, Philadelphia residents can exchange pistols and semi-automatic guns with a $100 ShopRite gift card.
The gun repurchase will be carried out on Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm in two locations-the mountain. Enon Baptist Church at 500 Snyder Ave. and Upper Room Baptist Church at 7236 Ogontz Ave. Will not ask questions about weapons.
This event is the fifth in a series of repurchase events held this year. So far, nearly 500 guns have been handed in.
“Any gun we take out of the street or someone’s house is a gun that can never be used to harm another child or anyone else,” City Councilman Mark Squilla (Mark Squilla) Say on Wednesday.
The gun violence problem in the city shows no signs of abating.
As of Wednesday, there have been There were 298 shooting-related deaths in the city — An increase of 34% over the same period last year. More than 100 shooting victims are under the age of 18, but not all of them are fatal— 40% increase from last year.
In addition, two 10-year-old children have died in a fatal gun accident in recent weeks. Earlier this month, 10-year-old Shanyiah Gaines-Miles found a gun in her Kingsessing home and accidentally shot himself.
“She thought it was a toy gun,” Shanyiah’s father Warren Miles told reporters Philadelphia Tribune“There is a loaded gun in the house. No one knows.”
Miles attended a press conference with city councillors and other community leaders on Wednesday.
City Council Chairman Darrell L. Clarke said: “Gun buybacks are part of a deeper strategic toolkit being deployed by the city to reduce and prevent this completely unacceptable situation in our community. Level of gun violence.”
The city’s 2021 fiscal year budget includes US$155 billion for gun violence prevention projects, including US$68 million for new expenditures on anti-violence measures.
The City Council is cooperating with the Father’s Day Rally Committee, the Philadelphia Police Department and St. Christopher’s Children’s Hospital on a gun buy-back program.