State and church are joining forces to combat
Two of Delaware’s top police officers aren’t expecting criminals to hand over their weapons Saturday at a taxpayer-financed gun buyback event at two local churches.
“We’re not naive in thinking crime weapons are going be turned in,” said Wilmington Police Chief Michael Szczerba. “There will be very few crime guns turned in, if any at all.”
The point of paying people $100 to $200 for anonymously turning in guns is to get weapons out of circulation that could be used in the commission of a crime, stolen from a home or fired in the heat of a domestic dispute, Szczerba said.
I see. Baseball bat and knife buyouts are in the works, then? How about buying back beer bottles, lengths of chain, trash can lids and, well, the list goes on and on?
Even though Szczerba and Coupe played down the prospects of street criminals turning in their guns, Marshall predicted the program would spawn the “birth of a new Wilmington with less guns on the street.”
“Peace in our neighborhoods begins by ridding those neighborhoods of guns,” said Marshall, a Democrat who is running for mayor next year.
No, sir. Peace in your neighborhoods begins with people understanding who the Prince of Peace is. Unfortunately, it would seem that the clergy are not even sharing that particular piece of news.
Bishop Aretha E. Morton, pastor of Tabernacle, said she was hopeful the prepaid debit cards would entice city residents to turn in their weapons rather than rob someone for money to buy Christmas gifts.
“That makes more sense to me rather than going to jail,” Morton said.
It would appear that the good Bishop believes that people have little to no control over their actions when presented with the opportunity to hold up a fellow human, not to mention that she says nothing about why people would choose to do wrong over doing right.
Crime begins–and ends–with the heart. Everything else is simply a tool.