Philly Shootings Soar; Naturally, City Officials Ask Law-Abiding Citizens to 'Turn in' Their Guns

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, National Guard vehicles are seen parked in the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. (Townhall Media/Ellie Bufkin)

Now, 84 days after George Floyd’s death at the hands of an overzealous Minneapolis cop, gun violence is soaring in Philadelphia. So what do “City of Brotherly Love” officials “logically” do? Ask law-abiding citizens to check their homes, then turn in their guns, of course.

Got gun-grabber-itis, anyone?

As reported by the Philadelphia Enquirer, city officials and the police department want residents to turn in their firearms, as part of a new campaign to combat the current wave of gun violence gripping the city.

City Council member Cindy Bass said on Thursday at a news conference outside police headquarters:

“Get those guns, run in that room, see what’s in there, find out what is being hidden in your house, take it out and turn it in.”

Police Commissioner Danielle M. Outlaw — oh, the irony of that last name — backed up the gun-grabbing initiative, this way:

“Community members who submit firearms will not be asked to produce identification. In addition, the submission of a firearm will not trigger an investigation of the person who relinquished it.”

Let’s think those two statements through, for a minute.

First, setting aside that Bass’s statement makes little sense, how would law-abiding gun owners voluntarily relinquishing their firearms — there is no turning in about it — lead to a decline in gun violence?


Where are the statistics to back that up?

Second, the implication by the police commissioner is ridiculous. Her silly notion that  somehow the police department would be doing a favor for law-abiding citizens who give up their firearms by not requiring identification or subjecting said citizens to “investigation” when they do so is a laugh-out-loud joke.

Someone else who didn’t see the humor in the campaign was Donald Trump Jr., who tweeted:

Are people really this dumb?

Law-abiding citizens should turn in their guns and have no means to defend themselves while outlaw criminals who have been breaking the law will keep weapons and continue their criminal ways with a leg up. 👍

This is a special kind of stupid.

The reporter in Jr.’s tweet, ABC Action News reporter Katie Katro, tried to sell the idea with all of her liberal-bias might:

“Philadelphia is seeing an increase in shootings…to combat the senseless gun violence, city council, Philadelphia Police and community groups organized a home gun check…urging residents to safely turn in firearms lying around their homes before they get into the wrong hands.”


“Before they get into the wrong hands”? How so? By criminal-types breaking into law-abiding gun owners’ homes in the middle of the night and stealing their guns, or legal gun owners selling their guns on a shady street corner for some quick cash, in the dead of night?


The Philadelphia Enquirer gladly provided the details — for those so inclined to “turn in” their firearms.

As part of the “Home Gun-Check Campaign,” residents are asked to turn in guns from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Janes Memorial United Methodist Church, 47 E. Haines St., Germantown, or at Tasker Street Missionary Baptist Church, 2010 Tasker St., Point Breeze.

Twitter responses opposed to the “Home Gun-Check Campaign” went pretty much like this:


The bottom line:

The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.

Besides, who would be the first person (people) the gun-grabbers — including the “Defund the Police” loons — would want to show up if their lives were in danger at the hand of a bad guy with a gun?

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