Chicago gun buyback 2021: Saint Sabina Church to hold ongoing weapon turn-in event each weekday, Fr. Michael Pfleger says

CHICAGO (WLS) – Father Michael Pfleger announced a permanent gun buyback event at the Church of Saint Sabina on Thursday in an effort to stop gun violence in the city by taking guns off the streets, one by one. .
“Standing here proves that my voice is my most powerful weapon,” said Kendric Berry, 16, of St. Sabina, said.

“I just wanted to come here and show them that having a voice can (much) more powerful than carrying a gun,” he said.

Pfleger, along with philanthropist Tom Sondag, announced a new and ongoing gun buyback event aimed at making the streets of Chicago safer amid a summer outbreak of gun violence that has led to three mass shootings. mass in the city in just one night.

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“Hopefully an opportunity to approach a young person and help them understand the value of their life, helps them understand they have a whole future ahead of them,” Pfleger said.
Starting next week and continuing indefinitely, St. Sabina will be open Monday through Friday for gun purchases on city streets.

Pfleger said it was vitally important to get those weapons out of the hands of young people in Chicago, but added that it was an important step towards creating a point of contact with them to change the trajectory of their lives. their life.

“So that somehow we can figure out how we can serve them, what we can do for them, how we can find jobs for them, how we can help them. they advise,” Pfleger said.

Sondag said he’s amassing money and eventually wants to expand the effort citywide, spurred by the death of 13-year-old Adam Toledo.

“Hopefully we’ll run out of money in a week,” Sondag said. “It would be my dream, that I could turn that $25,000 into guns, and he (Pfleger) could destroy them.”

Until 4 p.m. on weekdays, people 25 and under will be able to anonymously use a work gun.

They’ll get $200 for handguns or assault rifles, $100 for assault rifles, and $20 for high-volume magazines.

Those guns will then be turned over to District 6 Police, where they will be destroyed.

“Because if you’re out here shooting guns in the streets, there’s an expiration date on your freedom. It’s either a grave or a prison. And we don’t want any of our kids to have to.” , Pfleger said.

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