STOCKHOLM SYNDROME: Americans Turn In Guns After School Massacre [VIDEO]
Crowds flock to gun buyback programs nationwide in response to Connecticut shooting
Law-abiding Americans across the country are turning in their guns as part of police buyback programs in response to the school massacre in Connecticut â a shocking illustration of how citizens are choosing to disarm themselves without the need for gun control legislation.
Citizens in Brooklyn, San Francisco, Oakland, Evanston, Ill, and Baltimore all lined up around the block to sell their guns back to police as a gesture in response to the Sandy Hook shooting on Friday.
Mt. Ollie Baptist Church in Brownsville and St. Peters Lutheran Church in Cypress Hills, Brooklyn opened their doors for people to anonymously turn in their guns on Saturday,Â with the program netting 134 weapons, most of which were revolvers and pistols.
In another buyback event at Prince Georgeâs County, 150 guns were handed in for cash, while a further 160 were exchanged for gift cards at St. Markâs United Methodist Church in Laurel, MD.
In San Francisco and Oakland, gun buyback events drew huge crowds and netted over 600 weapons turned in for cash and gift credit cards.
Residents in Evanston also turned in 45 firearmsÂ during a buyback eventÂ held on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Baltimore policeÂ took in 461 guns at a buyback event, during which one of the attendees, 65-year-old grandmother Sonia White, remarked, âAfter the incident yesterday, it was time to get it out of the house.â
Some of the buyback events were planned before the shooting but some were arranged in response to the massacre. TheÂ Huffington Post notesÂ that the shooting caused a âspike in participationâ in the events, with most people attending citing the tragedy as the reason for turning in their firearms.
âYesterdayâs tragedy was a tragedy. People feel despair about gun violence in America and the question is, âWhat can I do?â Well, this is it,â said Olis Simmons, president of Youth UpRising, one of the groups responsible for organizing the buyback events.
Whatâs particularly baffling about the willingness for law abiding people to relinquish their firearms is the fact that they are ensuring they will be defenseless in their own homes right before Christmas when criminals and burglars are more prone to strike. The grandmother mentioned above has now left herself completely defenseless should an armed criminal attempt to break in to her house.
The shooting did not however deter attendees to a gun show in Montgomery County,Â which drew a record crowd.
With recentÂ Black Friday gun sales hitting all time highs, the Obama Administration and Democrats have moved swiftly to exploit the wave of anti-gun rhetoric in the aftermath of the shooting to prepare draconian gun control legislation.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg has demandedÂ that the Obama administration take âexecutive actionâ against the second amendment, whileÂ Senator Feinstein has vowedÂ to introduce new gun grabbing legislation at the beginning of next yearâs congressional session.