'Seven Sundays' program aims to curb gun violence (IN)


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Night Guy
August 16, 2004, 08:09 AM
'Seven Sundays' program aims to curb gun violence

By Stuart A. Hirsch
stuart.hirsch@indystar.com
August 16, 2004


Even in their role as peacemakers, the lives of the Rev. Anthony Wayne Harris and his wife, Deanne, have been touched by gun violence.

An 18-year-old relative of Deanne Harris' was shot in the head and killed less than a year ago in Muncie.

At a news conference Sunday at his church, the Rev. Harris, pastor of Ravenbrook Widow Missionary Baptist Church, joined several speakers in promoting a program to reduce firearm violence and suicide in Indianapolis.

Other sponsors of the program, called "Seven Sundays of Non-Violence," are Clarian Health Partners, the Indianapolis Police Department and the Indiana Partnership to Prevent Firearm Violence.

The program brings together faith leaders, police and health and school officials.

Harris said blacks are disproportionately affected by gun violence. A study of 2002 shootings by the Indiana Partnership to Prevent Firearm Violence found that, in Marion County, blacks were six times more likely than whites to be injured by a firearm.

"We need more community organizations to get involved," Harris said. "The Indianapolis police cannot do it alone.

"Where there is peace, violence will cease."

As part of the program, IPD will sponsor a gun buyback Aug. 28. The initiative will culminate with an Oct. 5 conference on reducing firearm violence.

"Indiana's firearm and suicide death rates have exceeded national rates for the past decade," said Robb Schrimshaw, executive director of the Indiana Partnership to Prevent Firearm Violence.

While gun deaths, injuries and suicides have huge emotional consequences for families and the community, there is also a significant financial impact in medical care for those injured by firearms, Schrimshaw said. The partnership's 2002 study showed that the 505 people killed or hurt by bullets cost $5 million to treat.

Faith-based leaders and the religious community are essential partners in reducing gun violence, he said, because "they are connected with people in ways that no other professionals are."

A key message police want to emphasize is that a gun is a lousy problem-solving tool, said IPD community liaison officer Benjamin Hunter.

The department's goal isn't to take away guns, he said, but to promote responsible gun ownership through the use of trigger locks and other safety devices.

As for the department's effort to collect guns, Hunter said, "I'm under no grand illusion that a gun buyback is going to end violence on the streets."

But it may spur some residents to rid their homes of weapons they no longer want, he said.

Call Star reporter Stuart Hirsch at (317) 444-2805.

Program highlights

Key events in the "Seven Sundays of Non-Violence" program:

• Gun buyback: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 28, Julia Carson Government Center, 300 E. Fall Creek Parkway, North Drive. Unwanted guns may be turned in; owners will receive $20 in cash.

• Community conference: "Understanding, Preventing and Responding to Firearm Violence and Suicide: How the Faith Community Can Make a Difference," 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 5, North United Methodist Church, 3808 N. Meridian St.

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All other nonsense aside, I feel the need to vent. $20 bucks!!! That's outrageous. I expect at least $50 for Bryco's, Jennings and High Points.:cuss:

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Daedalus
August 16, 2004, 08:22 AM
1. Rent/Borrow Van.
2. Set up a poster that says "I will pay 25$ and give your unwanted guns a good home with a responsible citizen"
3. Park across the street
4. Call the PD and find out at 2.30 what guns were stolen/used in crimes/etc.
5. Sell those to the idiots across the street so you are only out 5$.

:D

Night Guy
August 16, 2004, 08:39 AM
The problem is, I know that intersection. I drive past that building everyday. It is strategically located in an area which is ill suited to setting up my own gun "buy back" stand. Too bad, though. I imagine there could be some real gems in that potential pile of turds.

Daedalus
August 16, 2004, 08:51 AM
Well, if you do not mind spending 4 hours, stand out there in person with an empty rifle case with the sign on it and if you see anyone come by with some real gems try and interdict them before they hit the buyback table. Stand on public property and if anyone asks say you are on public property and protesting their disarmament of minorities (The usual targets of buybacks).

Preacherman
August 16, 2004, 09:10 AM
As for the department's effort to collect guns, Hunter said, "I'm under no grand illusion that a gun buyback is going to end violence on the streets."

But it may spur some residents to rid their homes of weapons they no longer want, he said.
Well, at least he's honest and realistic about it... :rolleyes:

Stand_Watie
August 16, 2004, 09:20 AM
They should trade crack for the guns in their buy-back program and cut out the middlemen.

Langenator
August 16, 2004, 01:35 PM
A study of 2002 shootings by the Indiana Partnership to Prevent Firearm Violence found that, in Marion County, blacks were six times more likely than whites to be injured by a firearm.

Anyone know how this compares to how much more likely blacks are to be victims of violent crime in general?

I ask because I know that the crime rate in minority communities (urban ones, at least) tends to be higher than in white areas of similar economic strata, and I remember reading somewhere that if you factor out said minority communities, the violent crime rate in America is very close to Canada's.

Standing Wolf
August 16, 2004, 09:07 PM
Harris said blacks are disproportionately affected by gun violence.

Oh, those mean white folks! How very unfair! They're just not participating enough.

Seriously: if those religious self-styled "leaders" were serious about reducing violence, they'd advocate going after the root cause of violent crime: criminals.

Andrew Rothman
August 16, 2004, 10:18 PM
Harris said blacks are disproportionately affected by gun violence.

Blacks are also disproportionately responsible for gun violence, knife violence, baseball bat violence and fist violence.*

The problem has its roots in social, cultural and economic issues. Really, the only thing we know for sure doesn't cause gun violence is... guns.

(* I'm a socially liberal guy and a member of the ACLU, not a bigot. But the numbers don't lie. Don't believe me? Ask the Coz.)

El Tejon
August 17, 2004, 12:00 AM
A solution to gun violence?:rolleyes: Darn guns, running through the streets of Indy causing havoc. When will ferret face get tough and start prosecuting those eeeevil guns and let the homies go free?

Let's see, a solution? Hmmm, after much thought and reflection I would say don't go to 24th and New Jersey in Indianapolis where Ice Mope is shooting at Crack "O.G." Dawg over a $15.00 debt.

Man, I've got a seminar in Indy that day! Hey, anybody wants to PM me about funding for Daed's idea feel free.:)

TomN
August 17, 2004, 01:40 AM
We had a gun buyback in our city a couple years ago which our local gun group protested. One of the guys owns a gun shop and he was offering to buy guns and pay real cash for them as opposed to the gift certificates that the buyback was offering. He got a couple nice Lorcins that day! :what:

Anyway, like most of you, while I appreciate and sympathise with the violence that these people have encountered, holding gun buybacks isn't going to help. Aunt Mabel with the old shotgun that was sitting in the closet for 20 years isn't much of a threat, and those are the people that are going to bring their guns in, not the gangbangers.

Andrew Rothman
August 18, 2004, 01:48 AM
I'm pretty new to handguns and all, but is there such thing as a "nice Lorcin"? :D

dukeofurl
August 18, 2004, 04:34 AM
I would walk the line offering $25-50!

I'm a republican that way.

Tharg
August 18, 2004, 06:17 PM
ROFL - nice lorcin - just did a search on the name and a www.packing.org dealie doesn't seem to think too much of em...

never ran into one personally.

Saw a "bryco" at what i can only call a "junk store" It had a lil bit of everything - including what we came for - barrels for using as a burn barrel =) hehehe

Managed to find replacement oil lamp glass thier too...

rofl

not a chance in hell i'd buy either of those guns. I'll stick w/ my HK.

J/Tharg!

ZeroX
August 18, 2004, 06:50 PM
Man, if I could get a few people to invest in me so I could get some buyback cash, I would drive up there in a heartbeat.

magsnubby
August 18, 2004, 07:00 PM
You can change the name, you can change the spelling, you can change the scent, but bull stuff is still bull stuff.

And it still stinks.

KadicDeshi
August 19, 2004, 04:32 PM
"Where there is peace, violence will cease."

Does this bass ackwards statement make anyone else's head hurt?

Geez.

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