Found this article today about the Groceries for Guns program in Johnson City NY held this weekend. JC is part of the area I live in called The Triple Cities. Scrolled down to read some of the comments and found a good one. http://www.wbng.com/news/local/Turning-in-guns-for-food-258770771.html Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) People traded in guns for groceries certificates Saturday afternoon. It was the fifth annual Groceries for Guns event, which happens every year on Mother's Day weekend. People with firearms were able to give them up in exchange for gift certificates for food. "I have quite a few of them and I need to get rid of some of them. I haven't used them in ten years. I can turn them in and get something out of them. Some money or gifts or whatever," said Tom Lorson of Vestal. A working handgun, rifle or shotgun equaled a $50 gift certificate, and $100 for assault rifles. This year, 41 guns and three non-working guns were turned in. "It's a safety issue. It's a peace issue. We've got to get the guns out of homes where there may be little children, you know, people who have mental health issues," said Helene Gilroy, organizer of the event. Guns that didn't work were still taken, but no gift certificate was given in exchange. All guns turned in will be destroyed by members of the Sheriff's Office and people who turned in weapons were granted complete amnesty. The St. James Peace and Justice Committee sponsored the collection. Patrick James Kelly · Top Commenter · Dobbins/ Randolph AVTS First off, let’s get one thing straight about the NRA. The NRA cares as much about anyone’s rights as McDonalds cares about how much fat is in their fries. The NRA is all about lining its slimy pockets with money and anything after that takes a distant second place. Anyone who cannot see this is either a fool, extremely gullible or in dire need of psychiatric assistance before you hurt yourself or a member of your family. If you believe that alleged gun rights lobbied for by the NRA in America today have anything to do with either rights or the Second Amendment then you need your head examined. It’s all about the money. Just the money. The vision the NRA has for America is for citizens to purchase as many guns as its fear mongering advertising campaigns will permit. They essentially want all Americans to believe there is a national crisis of core values whose answer coincidentally is for everyone to plunk down their hard earned cash and buy a gun or better yet 2 or 3 assault rifles with high capacity magazines. And why does the NRA propose you should do this? Not for protection from violent crimes because statistics show violent crime has been decreasing for many years. No it is because we all need to prepare ourselves for the great war all Americans are going to fight between America’s citizens and our government. You know, the one where police, FBI and other government agencies all of a sudden become the enemy and start invading people’s backyards and homes in a quest to turn America into a police state. Come on. Where is your common sense? I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to go out to a restaurant and see the couple sitting next to us packing handguns and an AR-15. Maybe it’s me, but the idea that John Q. Citizen should have some right to sit next to me in a public place with enough firepower to kill me, my wife and my children anytime the whim strikes that particular person just doesn’t seem right. Of course, I could do like the NRA wants and rush out to the nearest gun store and load up with guns and ammunition so I can defend my family if this guy has a few too many drinks and goes off the deep end. Or I can just cut my evening short and return home and lock all the doors so no other gun touting nuts can impose upon my freedoms and right to peace and security. This whole gun control issue has reached the point of absurdity. What right should anyone have to carry firearms in public? Who are they to threaten me because they are armed and I am not? Don’t I have an inalienable right to not carry guns into the streets and still feel safe? Surely the Second Amendment was never meant to grant anyone the power to walk around acting like they are the police or wannabe heroes who believe they have some duty to dish out frontier justice if the chance will just present itself. The obvious truth is that the very people who would want to walk around in public with a firearm are the last people any of us should want to be able to so. These are the same people who lie awake at night dreaming and hoping that tomorrow will be the day they can pull the trigger and turn their fantasy of killing someone into reality. Then and only then will they get the respect they know they deserve. If we have laws that protect the public from secondhand smoke, shouldn’t we have even stricter laws that protect the public from getting hit in the head by a stray bullet fired from the gun of someone who failed the police entrance exam due to mental problems? It seems the time has come to enact very strict federal and state legislation that restricts the possession of guns in all public places with highly severe penalties exceeding 10-years in prison for anyone breaking that law. Surely our own children deserve that protection. It’s time we get tough on guns in America and start putting all the sick paranoid and highly dangerous gun fanatics in prison where their disturbed fascination with killing toys will not add to the gun slaughter currently taking place every day in America. The eight children who died yesterday did not have to die. Neither did the 75-adults who were also killed by guns. We The People hold the real power in the gun debate and should use that power to stop all the needless killings by voting any legislator out of office who represents the interests of the NRA over the American people. Please, let’s do this thing.