San Francisco Rallies Against Gun Violence, Mayor London Breed and United Playaz Lead Buy-Back Event

San Francisco Rallies Against Gun Violence, Mayor London Breed and United Playaz Lead Buy-Back EventSource: Google Street View
Tony Ng
Published on December 07, 2023

Mayor London N. Breed is gearing up to take a bite out of gun violence with a gun buy-back event this Saturday in cooperation with local advocacy group United Playaz. Breed, flanked by state and city leaders, Police Chief Bill Scott, and representatives of the anti-violence organization, will be collecting guns at the United Playaz Clubhouse on Howard Street, according to an official announcement.

The longstanding buy-back initiative, operational since 2014, will continue to aggressively offer financial compensation for turned-in firearms—$100 for a handgun and $200 for assault weapons. San Francisco boasts one of the nation's lowest violent crime rates and is determined to further push down its 4% year-over-year decrease in gun violence. Mayor Breed acknowledged that despite their successes, "there is still so much work to do" in securing a safer San Francisco, as noted in the city's press release.

In an effort to comprehensively tackle the issue, the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD) has consistently funded the gun buy-back event and other related projects, contributing more than $60,000 annually. These initiatives span from educational programs at Bessie Carmichael Elementary School to youth workforce development. The San Francisco Police Department, under Chief Bill Scott, remains committed to the ambition of "eliminating gun violence in our city," a goal echoed by the efforts of both law enforcement and community partners.

Touching down on the community dimension, District 6 Supervisor Matt Dorsey highlighted the cultural impact of the program, "By incentivizing people to exchange their guns for a brighter future, we can empower them to play an important role in reducing violence and fostering a culture of peace." The strategy wants to change minds and disarm hands, proposing an alternative vision for tomorrow grounded in peace over punishment. The weapons collected are slated to be melted and upcycled into jewelry that, in turn, finances future buy-backs, creating a self-sustaining cycle aimed at rooting out gun violence.

Rudy Corpuz, Executive Director of United Playaz, reiterates the necessity of community involvement in the relentless fight against gun-related tragedies. At the heart of the effort is the belief that change, as much as it is legislated and enforced, must be organically embraced by the individuals it aims to uplift and protect. The Gun Buy-Back Event kicks off at 8:00 am this Saturday.