Arkansas Another buyback scheme, another lonely voice of reason

Arkansas Another buyback scheme, another lonely voice of reason

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    Arkansas Another buyback scheme, another lonely voice of reason

    http://www.buffalonews.com/editorial...08/1068900.asp

    City gun buyback idea questioned in Council
    By BRIAN MEYER
    News Staff Reporter
    2/8/2007

    Mayor Byron W. Brown's plan to launch a gun buyback program to get illegal weapons off the streets is getting mixed reviews from some Common Council members.
    Police Commissioner H. McCarthy Gipson met Wednesday with the Council to discuss more than a dozen crime-fighting initiatives that are under way or in the planning stages. He said a new Mobile Response Unit is already making headway in targeting illegal guns and drugs.

    When asked by Council President David A. Franczyk about Brown's plans to introduce a gun buyback program, Gipson declined to discuss specifics.

    "Some of these things are still on the drawing board," was the only thing Gipson would say.

    While Franczyk has praised some of the Police Department's anti-crime efforts, he raised doubts about the gun buyback initiative. Franczyk said he doesn't think gun buybacks launched when James D. Griffin was mayor did much to rid the city of the type of weapons that generally are used to commit crimes.

    "You're not going to get the Glocks or Uzis," Franczyk told a reporter after the meeting. "People are going to bring in rusty relics. Unless there's a new wrinkle, I don't think it's going to work any better than it did in the past."

    But Ellicott Council Member Brian C. Davis thinks one such "wrinkle" might involve offering some unique incentives to turn in weapons. For example, he said maybe for each weapon that is turned in, the city could offer a pair of designer sneakers or other fashionable attire that may have been seized in past raids.

    "I'd be willing to bet you would be able to get a lot of guns off the streets that way," Davis said.

    Delaware Council Member Michael J. LoCurto said he thinks a buyback blitz would help, but only to a limited extent.

    Brown later told a reporter that his gun buyback initiative is only one component of a multipronged approach to curbing crime.

    "If it gets one gun off the streets, it will be worth it," he said, adding that the most dangerous weapons would command the highest prices in the buyback effort.

    Meanwhile, Brown said he thinks progress is being made in the fight against crime. He said the homicide rate in January was down more than 40 percent from the same period a year ago. Last year, there were 74 murders in Buffalo, up from 56 in 2005.

    Brown added that State Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo's recent decision to assign three prosecutors to help the Erie County district attorney with homicide cases should help reduce a troubling backlog.

    Gipson met with eight Council members for about 90 minutes. He made it clear that he would like to see the city hire more officers, echoing a message Brown delivered earlier this week when he was in the state capital.

    Gipson said his office has reviewed police manpower levels in comparable cities, and he said Buffalo has fewer officers per 1,000 residents than any municipality that was studied.
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    oops the title shouldn't have started out with "Arkansa." Fingers too fast this morning!
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    Quote Originally Posted by paramedic70002 View Post
    oops the title shouldn't have started out with "Arkansa." Fingers too fast this morning!
    The title looks ok to me.

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