Eagles, Philadelphia police will hold a gun buyback event on Monday

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The Eagles are taking tangible steps to reduce gun violence.

On Monday, the Philadelphia Police Department will conduct a gun buyback event at Lincoln Financial Field from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET. Everyone who submits an unloaded firearm to a police officer at the scene will receive a $100 gift card funded by the Eagles and the Center for Violence Prevention at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

“No questions will be asked and no appointment is needed,” the team said in the press release announcing the program. The event will be closed to the media, in order to protect the anonymity of the participants.

The Eagles also have teamed up with the City of Philadelphia to create EndPhillyGunViolence.com.

Finally, team owner Jeffrey Lurie had some strong comments about the issue of gun violence.

“These senseless acts of violence will not cease to occur without a concerted effort from those who govern our nation and make public policy,” Lurie said. “As a country, we need to call upon our lawmakers to enact tangible change and address this public crisis through appropriate gun safety legislation. These horrific disasters continue to occur across the United States. That is completely unacceptable and disheartening. We are faced with an epidemic plaguing our communities, and my hope is that we can influence our elected officials to create and pass legislation so the people in this country can feel safe when they leave their homes.

“Enough is enough! Assault weapons loaded with high-capacity magazines are a clear threat to public safety and should be banned. Furthermore, research shows that if a federal ban was still in place for assault weapons, there would be 70 percent fewer mass shooting deaths. Additionally, a mandatory universal background check could have a significant impact on mass shootings by ensuring that these dangerous firearms are not getting into the wrong hands.”

Most Americans agree with Lurie. If only our elected officials were willing and able to implement the will of most Americans.

15 responses to “Eagles, Philadelphia police will hold a gun buyback event on Monday

  1. Nobody who is inclined to use his gun to commit a crime is going to give up his weapon for $100. Just as no mechanic is going to give up his toolset.

  2. Lurie has the right idea, but a gun buy-back will not work. Criminals will not give up their weapons

  3. A pawn shop will give me $300 for my cheapest gun. Dont see anybody doing this except to make themselves feel better.

  4. Most gun deaths are suicides by people having a really bad moment with a murder weapon close by. Gun buybacks absolutely save lives in these cases. It could be you, it could be someone in your family.

  5. I fear some may be missing the purpose here: to get guns off the street. It is as true a criminal is as unlikely to part with their firearm for $100 as I am with mine, however, the goal is to get guns off the streets before they fall into the wrong hands. I’d be curious to know how much of a deputization of drug addicts these programs are.

  6. “No questions will be asked and no appointment is needed.” Perfect. What a great way to get rid of a gun that was stolen, maybe used in a crime or is otherwise hot, and even line your pocket with a cool hundred bucks.

  7. The DAs/prosecutors refuse to prosecute cases thereby letting criminals back on the streets (like the guy who just killed a cop). If you aren’t going to throw criminals in jail, everything else is a joke.

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