Reviewing the LA Times online, I came across this heading “Gift Cards for Guns”. The inherent problem is not only the piece itself or that Compton would do this, but the fact that I found this on the “Gifts and Shopping” tab of the LA Times website below the subheading, “To Live and Buy in LA: Finding the best values this season online and in stores” right next to a South Coast Plaza advertisement. Do you see the irony?
Hey Compton! We know you’ze a bad community with lots of gang bangers and what not! So let’s offer you a deal for your guns!
To take from Tupac’s “To Live in DIE in LA” this is simply so out of touch with all the innate social and economic issues that overshadow the Compton community.
First, why isn’t there an article on why/how this program came to be? Whose idea was it? How many people are expected to participate in this “anonymous” program? Has it worked before? Is this the first time they do it? How will this make Compton a safer city?
According to the blog:
Over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend when the program was launched, 590 guns and two hand grenades were turned in to the sheriff’s station. More than $55,000 in gift cards were handed out in exchange.
How was the $55,000 collected? Are those gift cards donated by the companies or are they bought by the city? And most importantly, how much crime is there in Compton that people have hand grenades?!
Also, is the LA Times monitoring the site? Obviously not, the only comment on the page is from James Sullivan who wrote:
Here’s a better idea. Kick down every door in Compton, seize every illegal handgun and then shoot the occupants.
Ok, so now we are promoting homicide. Great. Happy Holidays everyone.