Liberal city leaders launch “gun buyback” program, get outsmarted by guy who makes $3k off it

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HOUSTON, TX – On Saturday, July 30th, Houston hosted a “gun buyback” event at Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church — an effort that Mayor Sylvester Turner hailed as “incredibly successful.”

More than 800 guns were collected, with one individual taking full advantage by selling dozens of “ghost guns,” which are 3D-printed firearms. The guns were turned over to the city in exchange for $50, $100, $150, and $200 Visa gift cards.

The gift cards amounts were based on the type of firearm, including $50 for non-functioning guns, $100 for shotguns/rifles, $150 per handgun, and $200 for automatic rifles.

The man who has claimed to exchange his dozens of homemade 3D-printed guns at the gun buyback event was interviewed by FOX 26, saying:

“The goal was not personal profit, but to send [Houston leaders] a message about spending $1 million tax dollars on something that has no evidence of any effect on crime…”

The man, who has asked to remain anonymous, went viral on social media after claiming to sell back 62 3D-printed “ghost guns” at the gun buyback event. The man said that each gun cost him about $3 to produce and he made about $2,900 off the city.

The man said that his goal is to have the city, “Pay fair prices [at gun buyback events], use private donations rather than tax dollars, and don’t destroy historic guns.”

In response, Mayor Turner claims that these type of 3D printed “ghost guns” will not be accepted at future gun buyback events. He said:

“We’re going to exclude those next time around. This is a program designed for people who want to voluntarily relinquish their guns.”

He added:

“You’ll always have people who will try and take advantage of the programs. I was there when that person brought in those guns. The reason we went ahead and did that was we had not said we weren’t going to.”

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In February, Mayor Turner announced “One Safe Houston,” a $53 million federally funded initiative aimed at decreasing crime across Houston. He said that $1 million from the initiative will be used for gun buyback events. Turner said:

“There are folks who don’t want any guns removed. Well, I don’t want any more children dying.”

He added:

“There needs to be state and federal laws to ban people from manufacturing and producing these ghost guns. They’re just as deadly. All that person did is highlight why there are so many guns on our street.”

The mayor said that he believes Saturday’s gun buyback event was a success and that they are already planning for at least two more soon. He said:

“If we can remove a few of these guns that would have been used in a crime, then the initiative is worth it.”

These gun buyback events do not sit well with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, which categorized the event as a “potential deterrent” to solving crime. David Mitcham, the top assistant to DA Kim Ogg, said that this office takes issue with the “no-questions-asked” part of the event.

In the event any of the turned-in guns are determined to have been used to commit a crime, Mitcham said connecting that weapon to a person responsible would be akin to encountering a “brick wall or blind alley.” He added:

“We certainly recognize the importance of getting guns off our streets … in an effort to reduce violent crime. We applaud that sentiment. But it frankly is mystifying as to why you wouldn’t identify who it is that was turning in the gun.”

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Gaetz slams left over new House bill on guns: “They want you afraid of the Second Amendment”

July 17th, 2022

WASHINGTON, DC – A Republican Senator out of Florida has blasted Democrats and those on the left over a recent House bill proposal would create an alert for active shooters that would be similar to that of Amber Alerts.

Not because he is against notifying the public in the event of an active shooter, but rather because he is concerned that every case of gunfire, regardless of circumstance, will lead to an alert and mass panic.

In light of the recent active shooter events in the nation, politicians have scrambled to come up with different ways to warn the public to seek safety and shelter when violence breaks out.

The bill, dubbed the Active Shooter Alert Act, is allegedly designed to allow states to implement mass-alert messaging systems similar to the ones used for Amber and Silver Alerts.

The alerts, when triggered, would notify everyone who is deemed to be in the “vicinity” of an active shooter event.

The bill was presented to the house on July 13th and passed by a vote of 260-169 with 43 Republicans and every Democrat besides one voting in favor of the bill.

Proponents of the bill believe that the alert can save lives. Democrat Representative Mark Pocan told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

“I just think any tool we have to help avoid additional deaths when we have an active shooter is helpful. Those alerts do make you aware of something so you can avoid it.”

While that may have been the initial intent behind the creation of the bill, people like Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz and Democratic Congressman Ron Kind believe that it will cause more harm than good. During a hearing on the bill, Congressman Gaetz asked:

“One has to ask, what is the true purpose of this bill? Why do the Democrats want to use the power of government to bombard your cell phone with active shooter alerts 24 hours a day, seven days a week?

It’s because they want you to be afraid of the Second Amendment. It’s because they want you to be afraid of responsible gun ownership…

“And they hope that if they program you and bombard you long enough that you’ll hate your own Second Amendment rights, or that you may tattle on your neighbor who is lawfully and rightfully exercising theirs. The American people should not fall for this.”

To the congressman’s point, the bill does not provide any clear guidelines on when an alert can be activated and what the parameters are for doing so.

For instance, could someone call in that they heard shots being fired and before details are known, an alert is sent out, causing a mass panic? The answer, according to Congressman Gaetz, is yes.

He said:

“Would that make the circumstance safer? Of course not. It would lead to stampede, tragedy, hysteria, mistake, perhaps even more death…This bill is like yelling “fire” in a movie theater, except the fire is in another movie theater across the street.”

While 43 Republicans broke rank and supported the bill, Congressman Gaetz got surprising support from another congressman, Democrat Kind. When asked why he voted against the bill, he reported that he also was concerned about the unintended consequences of it.

He told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:

“[He is] concerned that a system like this could generate more chaos and cause armed civilians to rush to the scene, potentially interfering with law enforcement efforts.”

Now that the bill has passed the House, it will be sent to the Senate for review and eventually a vote.

While anything can happen once the bill gets to the Senate, odds are in this political climate it will most likely pass considering the Democrats control the majority by a slim margin.

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Chicagoland: Man facing multiple felonies released from jail, opens fire on armed dad, gets owned

CHICAGO, IL – A man out on bond in Chicago for three different felony charges has been arrested a fourth time, this time for actually shooting at a father and his daughter while at a Mcdonald’s near the Indiana State Line.

Thankfully, neither the victim nor his daughter was injured during the violent attack.

 

The incident unfolded when the 49-year-old victim and his young daughter had stopped at a Mcdonald’s restaurant just after 5 p.m. on 106th Street.

As the victim sat in his vehicle, he reported seeing a masked man approaching them and yelling.

As the masked man, later identified as 19-year-old Giovani Castanon, got close to the vehicle, he allegedly produced a handgun and opened fire, striking the victim’s passenger side door, hood, and one of the tires.

As the shots rang out, the father, who is licensed to carry a concealed firearm, produced his own gun and apparently fired back at Castanon in self-defense.

While Castanon’s alleged gunshots missed his intended targets, those fired by the armed citizen did not, striking him in a hand, arm, and foot.

Despite being injured, Castanon allegedly fled the area on foot as police closed in to locate him.

Police arrived on the scene and established a perimeter to lock Castanon into the area and prevent him from fleeing any further.

Castanon was found a short time later hiding in a nearby garage and took him into custody. Police reported that they were unable to locate the firearm Castanon was suspected of using in the attack.

He was charged with aggravated assault by discharging a firearm and aggravated discharge of a firearm into an occupied vehicle.

Castanon is no stranger to the judicial system as he was already out on bond for three different felony charges, carjacking, burglary, and aggravated battery.

While the fact that Castanon is out on bond has been made public, what has not been released as of yet are what bond conditions he was required to maintain while being allowed to roam free to allegedly commit more violent crimes while awaiting trial.

When Castanon appeared in front of Cook County Judge Charles Beach at his initial appearance for the new charges, an assistant public defender, Suzin Farer, attempted to paint the alleged criminal as an honest man and father to a three-year-old child.

Judge Beach did not appear moved and ordered Castanon to be held on a $300,000 bond and be GPS monitored if he should be able to bond out of jail.

In addition to the bond, Judge Beach ordered Castanon not to have any contact with the victim or his daughter while out on bond, after noting that it was doubtful that would be an issue. He said:

“I’m quite sure you don’t wanna have any contact with that individual anymore.”

Castanon has become the 27th person in Chicago this year alone to be accused of murdering, shooting, or trying to kill someone while out on felony bond since the passage of the bond reform initiative in 2019. And that is only if the numbers reported are accurate.

As noted by CWBChicago, some of the numbers may be skewed due to the lack of criminal charges coming out of cases since 2017. They reported:

“The actual number of murders and shooting committed by people on felony bail is undoubtedly much higher than the numbers seen here. Since 2017, CPD has brought charges in less than 5% of non-fatal shootings and 33% of murders, according to the city’s data.”


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