Thinking about it, Gifts for Guns IS like the ending of Terminator 2

This quote from the Governator this morning at a press conference on gang violence and the “Gifts for Guns” program. The video can be seen here.

“Every time a weapon is surrendered, every time a gun is taken off the street, neighborhoods are safer,” said Schwarzenegger. “The guns will be melted and used for something more positive. I think that was also the theme for Terminator Two. The Terminator let himself down into the molt and he gets melted and he kind of wants to terminate himself in order to stop the violence.”

  • Theolona Ranger

    One Bill Gill Cedillo
    The Republicans Worst Nightmare
    Does not / Does not have to live in the district?

  • Anonymous

    It is about time that guns will be taken off the streets. Congratulations to the Governor and Sheriff Baca for having this program. Many lives will be saved. It is up to anyone who has a gun and wants to get rid of it for a gift card to participate. Guns are too often just thrown into the trash. Now there is a good reason to give up a gun that is no longer used or wanted. Great program for many to take advantage of.

  • Anonymous

    I think we ought to pass a law that says that Arnold can no longer make lame references to any of his movies. He’s been in office for nearly six years, now. The references stopped being funny at least four years ago.

  • Anonymous

    This Gift for Guns is a wonderful idea. As a Grandmother of two grandsons I would like to thank Mr. Baca and the Governor for helping to do the right thing. This program is long overdue. This should be done evey year. Guns are dangerous. In this day and age it is not easy growing up as a teen. We need to take care of our loved ones as best we can. “It take a Village to help Grow a Child.” This is a big step in the right direction.

  • also anonymous

    Huh? so we have a Governor that has made millions and millions by glorifying the use of guns and now he is backing this ridiculous program which is supposed to end violence? C’mon…do you really think folks are that stupid. Take the violent crooks and gangsters off the streets, instead of pushing this program which does little but to give the politicians a photo op.

  • Who Cares?

    Who cares if this is a photo op or not?The whole program hits the nail right on the head. Guns in the wrong hands cause pain and suffering, not to mention the loss of innocent lives. One less gun that is turned in can mean the diierence between one less assult, robbery or killing as compared to a tranquil life.The Governor was a actor after all. He was elected as the Governor of Kalifornia. Everyone. Who pit him into office knew good and well what his movie character and role was about. Let’s just see what kind of dangerous weapons are turned in. Never the less the end will justify the means.

  • I Care

    If you, or our politicians, really cared about people dying vs. having a “tranquil life”, you might consider actually developing programs that address the issue.

    Car accidents kill more Americans each year than guns…
    Doctors through mistakes, kill more Americans each year than guns…….

    So this lame photo op program will do nothing to solve the problem…now if they wanted to devote some additional resources to stemm the flow of drugs or crush the numerous gangs, well I would be supportive.

  • It Matters

    Unfortunetly guns and gangs go hand and glove. There are programs that help combat gangs. Prevention at the middle and high schools is imperative. Parents must also take part in keeping their children from falling into the gang “homie, home boy” mentality. It is a no where way of life and thinking. Guns fall into the hands of gangs and key gangsters. They only cause problems in their cities as well as other neighboring ones. Shooting up neighborhoods, where unexpected victims reside is their way of retaliation and thinking. Most of these gangsters have records of various and numerous crimes. “They” are the ones that are at the root of corruption. They hurt our communities. Their graffiti bring the value of our homes down. Our beautiful residences become eye sores. Hopefully this Buy Back Gun Program will help in some way to slow down the gangs activities and crime. It is a big step in the right direction.

  • it matters little

    Well I would agree with most of your comments regarding gangs, however this photo op program will do nothing to solve those problems. The “program” hasn’t worked in the past and has never been shown to “slow down the gangs activities and crime”.

  • Get Real

    I disagree with your comment. The more guns that are turned in the less crimes that are committed. Just read about all the murders and shootings that took place in many cities around us. I have not seen or read so many victims as I did from Friday to Sunday alone. City by city were mentioned. Headlines read of, shootings and killings through out the San Gabriel Valley alone. Most of thes weapons are purchased illegally or stolen. They are not legally registered. Guns cause caos, fear and panic. One less gun on the street, one less crime or death. Either way you look at it, numbers don’t lie. LIVES DO! Please go forward with the Gifts for Guns. We desperately need it, ASAP!!!

  • Anonymous

    Thank goodness that action has been taken regarding illegal firearms. I do agree that Sheriff Baca is doing what he was elected to do. With the money that has been provided by the Governor this problem of removing weapons off the streets is great. I only hope that people take advantage of this event to trade in a weapon(s) for a gift card. The store selections are good ones. It is a win win for all interested parties.

  • Anonymous

    Thank goodness that action has been taken regarding illegal firearms. I do agree that Sheriff Baca is doing what he was elected to do. With the money that has been provided by the Governor this problem of removing weapons off the streets is great. I only hope that people take advantage of this event to trade in a weapon(s) for a gift card. The store selections are good ones. It is a win win for all interested parties.

  • Huh?

    What action has been taken regarding “illegal firearms”? What do you think…the gangsters will be lining up to turn in their guns for gift cards at Target?

    This program will do NOTHING to remove guns from the hands of criminals and didn’t when it was run before. Oh and as for the gift cards…well the average firearm turned in could be legally sold through a licensed firearms dealer and the seller would receive 3-5 times more in actual money.

    C’mon, this is nothing more than a feel good photo op which will do NOTHING to solve crime.

  • ANONYMOUS

    ANY PROGRAM IS BETTER THAN NOTHING AT ALL. THOSE OF YOU THAT ARE SO NEGATIVE HAVE NOT LOST A LOVED ONE LIKE SO MANY HAVE. CHECK OUT THE BUY BACK PROGRAMS IN COMPTON AND EL MONTE. THEN ANY ONLY THEN WILL YOU ALL GET WITH THE PROGRAM!!!

  • Anonymous Mom

    I believe that guns and other firarms will be turned in. Other cities have done it and they have managed to collect quite a few. The city of Compton, with the help of the LA Sheriff”s Department, and the city of El Monte, with the help of the El Monte Police Department have done a great job in collecting all kinds and types of weapons. We all must try to do what must be done to help make our blocks and cities a safer and better place to live no matter what. We must work and support what ever law agency in their “FIGHT AGAINST CRIME.” Are we part of the PROBLEM or part of the SOLUTION?

  • You must be kidding

    Yeah look at Compton and El Monte, this type of program does nothing to end violence. Why in the world would you assume that someone opposed to the program has not lost a loved one to violence? Maybe, just maybe, some folks who have lost loved ones think with their head vs. their heart and realize this is simply a politician’s show. There are lots of ways to end violence, gangs and crime – too bad this is not one of them.

  • Anonymous

    Well since you seem to have the answers, and solutions to resolving this problem, speak up. Would would YOU suggest? What programs have you first hand knowledge that worked or failed, for that matter. What has not been addressed? Did you attend either event? How many weapons were collected in each city? Look into your crystal ball. I would like to see what YOU come up with Mr. Know It All. I guess YOU see your glass as half empty?

  • Fair Trade

    Who would you prefer in the photo op? Cowboy John? Maverick? Yosemite Sam? Or maybe a group of gang bangers with guns and rifles wearing gang attire. WHO cares about the photo? The message is clear. Gifts for Guns. Turn in a gun and get a gift card. Seems fair enough. People need to pay bills, rent, buy groceries, whatever. Times are tuff. No jobs. Whatever is needed. This is the best game in town. In fact, it is the only one.

  • Mr. Glass is half full

    For starters, crush the gang culture! Buying a few guns from law abiding citizens isn’t going to end violence. Let me try and give you a real life example-
    San Diego has about 26 murders per year, Tijuana on the other hand has over 800! Yet more guns exist in San Diego and are “easier” to own? Could it be that the gang culture is more prevalent in Tijuana…I think so.
    As for people selling guns to buy groceries….they would be far better off selling their firearms through a gun shop where they would get FAR more money than this program is offering.
    So again, forget stupid programs that are full of show and no go…..oh, as for our Governor, he makes millions off gloriying gun violence and owns lots of firearms, yet he is out front taking photos – what a crock.

  • Fine

    Tijuana and San Diego are two different worlds. There are way more killings in TJ due to the Drug Lords fight to control. And I do mean CONTROL. You are comparing apples to oranges. Too many guns and other high power assult weapons are brought over the boarder in exchange for drugs. All illegal and deadly. It is like a supply and demand way of enterprise. All kinds of people will show up to turn in what ever they have and no longer want. It is better to trade it in for a gift card than to throw it in the trash, in a local lake or a empty field. If people want to sell it to a gun collector, store or pawn shop, it is their chose. This is one option. The Governor did what he did as a actor. Remember Nixon? Well as he said, “Here’s one for the Gipper!” wellas I say, “One less gun, one less crime!”

  • Fine

    Tijuana and San Diego are two different worlds. There are way more killings in TJ due to the Drug Lords fight to control. And I do mean CONTROL. You are comparing apples to oranges. Too many guns and other high power assult weapons are brought over the boarder in exchange for drugs. All illegal and deadly. It is like a supply and demand way of enterprise. All kinds of people will show up to turn in what ever they have and no longer want. It is better to trade it in for a gift card than to throw it in the trash, in a local lake or a empty field. If people want to sell it to a gun collector, store or pawn shop, it is their chose. This is one option. The Governor did what he did as a actor. Remember Nixon? Well as he said, “Here’s one for the Gipper!” wellas I say, “One less gun, one less crime!”

  • Anonymous

    When and where is this gifts for Guns being held? What kind of information will be requested from someone who has a gun to turn in? Is there a limit? Ther should be a article and announcements on the radio, television news channels and the newspapers about this program. They need to get the word out asap.

  • your correct

    Tijuana and San Diego are two different worlds – that is exactly my point. It is not the number of firearms which cause the violence, instead it is the gangs/criminals penchant for violence that causes killings.
    So San Diego has hundreds of thousands more firearms than Tijuana, yet crime is far lower? It appears less firearms does not equal less violence. I suspect that eventually a few hundred total firearms will be turned over or it could be as little as a few dozen as in Compton – some who dislike firearms will be thrilled, but it will do little to end violence.

  • Just Hope

    “We shall see.” One less gun, one less crime. I advocate the Constitutional Right to bare arms. Others abuse that right. Making it more difficult for us who admire firearms, while respecting all laws that give us the right to own them. I am sick and tired of reading about stupit individuals who abuse this right. They make it more difficult for us law abideing gun owners. I know quite a few people who should not have any guns. They have them for the wrong reasons. They give us all a bad name and a black eye. If even one of these individuals turns in a gun, it would be worth this program and it’s outcome.

  • sanders

    I work for one of the agencies promoting the ‘gifts for guns’ program and all I have to say is yes the sheriff keeps his word on the no questions asked policy. That’s correct and so what the reality becomes are guns being turned in that have been used in crimes and to give validity to the program the guns are really just boxed up and sent for destruction. No ballistics testing, no CSI magic – nothing. How great to be one of the bad guys now – I can dump the weapon I’ve used a few times and get money for it…
    Yes sir – the program is really turning out to be a great way to ‘get guns off the street”