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City: Give Us Your Guns, Get A Free Flu Shot - And A Wegman's Gift Card

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The city of Worcester, Massachusetts is asking citizens to bring their weapons to the police department next weekend as part of the city's annual "Goods for Guns Buyback Program."  In return for the guns, the city will offer gift certificates, and - a free flu shot. reports:

"City residents, or residents of any other community, may bring their unwanted weapons, unloaded and wrapped in a bag, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday to the Worcester Police headquarters in Lincoln Square, or from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 8 to the Worcester Division of Public Health, 25 Meade St."

Since the program began in 2002, "Goods for Guns" has collected approximately 2,200 guns.  Last year 40 guns were collected by the police department.  Deputy Chief McGinn said guns that are turned in are destroyed.

The program allows individuals to anonymously turn in "unwanted and unloaded" guns to the police department.  In return, citizens are presented with a Wegman's gift certificate.   The value of the gift depends on the type of gun.  For example, a long rifle earns a $25 gift certificate; handguns earn a $50 gift certificate, and a semiautomatic weapon, a $75 gift certificate.

This year, citizens of Worcester can receive a free flu shot for turning in a weapon. Also, individuals who bring guns directly from home to the police station will be granted amnesty if they are not properly licensed.

McGinn has said, "Come one, come all.  We're not asking any names or questions."

The "Goods for Guns Program" is similar to buyback programs across the country:

In Cleveland, citizens can exchange guns for gift cards and sports tickets.  Hartford, Connecticut offers gift cards for guns as well - $75 for handguns or revolvers and $25 for rifles and shotguns.

Evanston, Illinois is also considering a gun buyback program after a high school freshman was shot in September, although city officials are skeptical about its effectiveness:

Sara Schastok, president and CEO of the Evanston Community Foundation says, "Of course, no one is under the illusion that people who intend harm as a way of life are necessarily going to turn in their guns."

The Worcester buyback program seems to be working well so far, though it may be more enticing during difficult economic times to turn in guns for cash.

The flu shot gimmick is the first I've seen and I couldn't help but remember the infamous line from the movie Godfather Part I:

"Leave the gun, take the cannoli" - or in this case, the flu shot.

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Sheep being led to the slaughter.

What a bunch of idiots!!!  The sorry thing is it fits precisely to what has been done to the new Navy and Marine Corps.  They believe they will keep an all volunteer force, real warriors, while using regular breathalizers, random breathalizers, ending tobacco use completely, and increasing the personal monitoring of all sorts of other facets of life,

      Better keep your guns, they are likely to decide to stop issuing weapons to our armed forces, making them "peace-keepers", and save all that bad military money on good welfare and unemployment extensions.  They might wake one day and realize they are entirely defenseless.  Truly sheep in every way.

John McClain

GySgt, USMC, ret.

Yes, they are idiots, but if they are that ignorant should they own guns anyway ?  It might be a good place to offer them a few more dollars than they would get from the program !

The PDs that go along with this should be ashamed - statistics prove that more guns = less crime.

Less crime = fewer [union] cops, less opportunity for promotion -- and graft...

...I'm not surprised that most PD's are in favor of gun turn-ins.

Now if I was a criminal and just used my gun to kill someone this would be a great deal. I can turn in my gun, get money for it and it will be destroyed so no one will ever know it was used in a crime. And I will never be caught with a gun that was used in a crime. This is really a stupid idea by the cities and police. Wish I had a bunch of old junk guns I could turn in and get paid for.

Well Massachusetts is one of the states that went for Obummer after all so what do you expect? Most of the North East States are like that. Hey just wait and the "Government" will save us and all will be well. Just look at how they are getting help from FEMA up there after the "Super Storm" they just had. Yea and now give us your guns and we will be sure to save you when you need it. OH YEA, and we can run your health care better than your doctor too. Romney Care State? Yea that is working out great too. We are going down the tubes and fast and yet we have IDIOTS that are voting for the Obummer's of the nation... Geeze


"Those who hammer their guns into plowshares will plow for those who do not."
Thomas Jefferson


1. An armed man is a citizen. An unarmed man is a “subject”.

2. A gun in the hand is better than a cop on the phone.

3. Colt: The original point and click interface.

4. Gun control is not about guns; it's about control.

5. If guns are outlawed, can we use swords?

6. If guns cause crime, then pencils cause misspelled words.

7. Free men do not ask permission to bear arms.

8. If you don't know your rights, you don't have any.

9. Those that trade liberty for security have neither.

10. The United States Constitution (c) 1791. All Rights Reserved.

11. What part of 'shall not be infringed' do you not understand?

12. The Second Amendment is in place in case the politicians ignore the others.

13. 64,999,987 RESPONSIBLE firearms owners killed no one yesterday.

14. Guns only have two enemies; rust and politicians.

15. Know guns, know peace, know safety. No guns, no peace, no safety.

16. You don't shoot to kill; you shoot to stay alive.

17. 911: Government sponsored Dial-a-Prayer.

18. Assault is a behavior, not a device.

19. Criminals love gun control; it makes their jobs safer.

20. If guns cause crime, then matches cause arson.

21. Only a government that is afraid of its citizens tries to control them.   

22. You have only the rights you are willing to fight for.

23. Enforce the gun control laws we ALREADY have; don't make more.

24. When you remove the people's right to bear arms, you create slaves.

25. The American Revolution would never have happened with gun control.

Semper Vigilo, Fortis, Paratus et Fidelis

Awesome post!!!!!   Amen!!

Gun control is a steady finger on the trigger.


The Worcester gun buy back program seems to be working well???? in the entire city of Worcester, last year, theyonly got 40 guns???

Get real; there are more than 40 guns on any given street in Worcester...and the owners usually are upstanding ciitzens who want to go on living a bit longer. 

The Paperhanger has been resurrected.



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