Communities collect guns

In the wake of the shooting tragedy at an elementary school in Connecticut, Tri-Cities leaders are launching a gun take-back program and passing out free gunlocks.
Marie Havenga
Dec 18, 2012

 

Spring Lake Village Manager Chris Burns said the campaign was sparked by an e-mail from village resident Leslie Newman, who suggested the program.

Although the local police departments have long been willing to accept unwanted weapons, Burns said it's time to bring the program to the forefront.

“We're putting this out there for folks still struggling with the Connecticut incident,” she said. “Any gun they have — doesn't matter if it's working or not — they can drop off. Our police department will properly dispose of them.”

Guns may be dropped off at the Spring Lake/Ferrysburg Police Department and the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety. Free gunlocks are available at those locations, as well as Ferrysburg City Hall.

“The gun locks obviously aren't doing anybody any good sitting in a box here,” Burns said. “We want to get them out into the community. People can take as many as they want.”

Burns said she wonders if it would have been a different story in Connecticut last week if the shooter didn't have access to the guns registered in his mother's name.

“It won't fire when the lock is in place,” she said. “Out in Connecticut, if they would have been locked up, and he didn't have the key, he couldn't have fired. There's no excuse to not have guns locked up and safe."

Burns said not everyone can afford a gun safe or gun cabinet. The lock "is an easy and cheap alternative," she said.

Burns said it's important to take action when public sentiment is high.

“Hopefully, people will take us up on this offer and we'll get some guns off the street," she said. "There's no way to quantify if you've saved a life, but let's make sure the guns are safe by putting a lock on them or melting them down. This is one of those things — if you don't act when emotions are running high, it's not nearly as effective.”

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Comments

uniondude

They can drop them off at my house also........

Robert Vink

When is the Police gun auction scheduled?

Walking Alive

same here, drop them off at my house...

theconspirator

I think my safe has a few empty spaces if anyone has any curios or relics they wish to safely dispose of safely.

dyankee

Excuse me, SL Mgr. Chris Burns & resident Leslie Newman, be sure to request all prescription drugs to be turned in, as well since they too are lacking trigger locks and are a bigger reason mass murders occur. In addition, please request everyone to turn in their automobiles because I can't help wonder if this lunatic didn't have acess to a car to drive to Sandy Hill, if it would have been a different outcome. Nice job Leslie with acting when emotions are indeed, high.....it appears, you never want to let a tragedy go to waste.

GH Citizen

Anyone notice in the picture showing Officer Mike Williams displaying the gun lock that his computer desktop has a very large obese topless male or women displayed on it? Good to see work computers being treated like a home computer.

Don't believe me save the picture and use even your basic photo software to zoom in. Spring Lake must not have a computer use policy.

GH Citizen

They just cropped the image. Nice censorship Tribune.

Magic Mike

LOL! Were you hitting refresh waiting to see what would happen?

just_a_thought_...

how does gh citizen know its not an investigation photo...sounds like someone likes to stir the pot

GH Citizen

Here is a little more than a thought....if it was an investigation photo, the desktop icons wouldn't be showing. But nice try.

GH Citizen

Also since it's "just a thought". You should be more mindful of your surroundings, in the event it was an investigation, especially since it's the detectives office.

Jenn61

Really?...you spent over two hours contemplating what you "thought looked like 'might' be a picture of an obese picture of a man or woman" on a respected police officers screen saver? Are you a nut job? Did you read the topic? I hope you don't own a gun. Two hours with your zoom lens, Get a life! Respect your police officers who are protecting you. Here, read a little...if you are able...

WHEN GOD MADE POLICE OFFICERS

When the Lord was creating Police Officers, He was into his
sixth day of overtime when an angel appeared and said, "You're doing a lot of fiddling around on this one."

And the Lord said, "Have you read the requirements on this
order? A Police Officer has to be able to run five miles through alleys in the dark, scale walls, enter homes the health inspector wouldn't touch, and not wrinkle their uniform."

"They have to be able to sit in an undercover car all day on a stakeout, cover a homicide scene that night, canvass the neighborhood for witnesses, and testify in court the next day."

"They have to be in top physical condition at all times,
running on black coffee and half-eaten meals, and they have to have six pairs of hands."

The angel shook her head slowly and said, "Six pairs of hands . . . no way!!"

"It's not the hands that are causing me problems," said the Lord,
"it's the three pairs of eyes an officer has to have."

"That's on the standard model?" asked the angel.

The Lord nodded. "One pair that sees through a bulge in a pocket before they ask, 'May I see what's in there, sir?'
(when they already know and wish they'd taken that accounting job). Another pair here in the side of their head for their partner's safety, and another pair of eyes here in front so they can look reassuringly at a bleeding victim and say, 'You'll be alright, ma'am,' when they know it isn't so."

"Lord," said the angel, touching His sleeve, "rest and work on this tomorrow."

"I can't," said the Lord, "I already have a model that can talk a 250 pound drunk into a patrol car without incident and feed a family of five on a civil service paycheck."

The angel circled the model of the Police Officer very slowly. "Can it think?" she asked.

"You bet," said the Lord, "it can tell you the elements of a hundred crimes, recite Miranda warnings in its sleep, detain, investigate, search, and arrest a gang member on the street in less time than it takes five learned judges to debate the legality of the stop . . . and still it keeps its sense of humor. This officer also has phenomenal personal control. They can deal with crime scenes painted in hell, coax a confession from a child abuser,
comfort a murder victim's family, and then read in the daily paper
how law enforcement isn't sensitive to the rights of criminal suspects."

Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek of the Police Officer.

"There's a leak," she pronounced, "I told you that you were trying to put too much into this model."

"That's not a leak," said the Lord. "It's a tear."

"What's the tear for?" asked the angel.

"It's for bottled-up emotions, for fallen comrades, for commitment
to that funny piece of cloth called the American flag, for justice."

"You're a genius," said the angel.

The Lord looked somber. "I didn't put it there," He said. "Unknown"

Jenn61

Really?...you spent over two hours contemplating what you "thought looked like 'might' be a picture of an obese picture of a man or woman" on a respected police officers screen saver? Are you a nut job? Did you read the topic? I hope you don't own a gun. Two hours with your zoom lens, Get a life! Respect your police officers who are protecting you. Here, read a little...if you are able...

WHEN GOD MADE POLICE OFFICERS

When the Lord was creating Police Officers, He was into his
sixth day of overtime when an angel appeared and said, "You're doing a lot of fiddling around on this one."

And the Lord said, "Have you read the requirements on this
order? A Police Officer has to be able to run five miles through alleys in the dark, scale walls, enter homes the health inspector wouldn't touch, and not wrinkle their uniform."

"They have to be able to sit in an undercover car all day on a stakeout, cover a homicide scene that night, canvass the neighborhood for witnesses, and testify in court the next day."

"They have to be in top physical condition at all times,
running on black coffee and half-eaten meals, and they have to have six pairs of hands."

The angel shook her head slowly and said, "Six pairs of hands . . . no way!!"

"It's not the hands that are causing me problems," said the Lord,
"it's the three pairs of eyes an officer has to have."

"That's on the standard model?" asked the angel.

The Lord nodded. "One pair that sees through a bulge in a pocket before they ask, 'May I see what's in there, sir?'
(when they already know and wish they'd taken that accounting job). Another pair here in the side of their head for their partner's safety, and another pair of eyes here in front so they can look reassuringly at a bleeding victim and say, 'You'll be alright, ma'am,' when they know it isn't so."

"Lord," said the angel, touching His sleeve, "rest and work on this tomorrow."

"I can't," said the Lord, "I already have a model that can talk a 250 pound drunk into a patrol car without incident and feed a family of five on a civil service paycheck."

The angel circled the model of the Police Officer very slowly. "Can it think?" she asked.

"You bet," said the Lord, "it can tell you the elements of a hundred crimes, recite Miranda warnings in its sleep, detain, investigate, search, and arrest a gang member on the street in less time than it takes five learned judges to debate the legality of the stop . . . and still it keeps its sense of humor. This officer also has phenomenal personal control. They can deal with crime scenes painted in hell, coax a confession from a child abuser,
comfort a murder victim's family, and then read in the daily paper
how law enforcement isn't sensitive to the rights of criminal suspects."

Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek of the Police Officer.

"There's a leak," she pronounced, "I told you that you were trying to put too much into this model."

"That's not a leak," said the Lord. "It's a tear."

"What's the tear for?" asked the angel.

"It's for bottled-up emotions, for fallen comrades, for commitment
to that funny piece of cloth called the American flag, for justice."

"You're a genius," said the angel.

The Lord looked somber. "I didn't put it there," He said. "Unknown"

opinionscount

You are either a police officer, married to one, or possibly have a son or daughter who serves in the line of duty. But, really? This is a bit much. The post-er pad a point about the un-cropped image. His comments were interesting and thought provoking. I don't think his intention was to stir the point, but to make a point regarding carelessness.

gauddylee

Your welcome to drop them off @ my house also...ill even give you cash for your weapons

GHsparty

Excellent reaction; suggesting to disarm grieving and suggestible citizens at this time. Just another stupendously moronic decision from management regarding policing. Armed people don't cause massacres, responsible civilians prevent massacres. This is a mental health issue, our lack of compassion towards those whom cannot pay taxes is disconcerting. Maybe think about reopening a mental health facility with the all the money you can get from selling those free guns back at a discounted price. But as GH Citizen pointed out, our public offices are not always stocked with common sense.

ghresident

SL Mgr. Chris Burns & resident Leslie Newman can you define an unwanted gun? If you have a gun you no longer want, the GH pawn shop & Gander Mountain will PAY you for these guns. So why turn them in for free?

I suppose I have room for a few more "unwanted guns" in my safe also.

slowandsteady

Our country is falling apart because of sin against our Almighty Creator....Jesus Christ We live in darkness and and wonder why all if falling apart around us. Repent and turn from your sin. The day of the Lord is at hand.

dyankee

@GHsParty, good post..."Armed people don't cause massacres, responsible civilians prevent massacres." Exactly right. Notice how no one disagrees with you, but yet, anti-gun opponents cannot muster enough intelligence to reasonable consider your point and incorporate this enlightenment into their position on concealed firearm rights. For Mgr. Chris Burns to over react to one citizen's email using my/our tax dollars to coordinate this gun take-back program is really an outrage. What kind of leadership starts a policy involing the local police dept. with the exposure of the GHT based on ONE email? Officer Williams, with all due respect, if the gunlock you're so proudly displaying to our community is so important for gun saftey and responsibility then, why do you not have one in use on your police issued firearm? I believe you spend time in our schools and churches in uniform with your gun on your side and within reach of our children.

Say No To Tourist's

@ slowandsteady & Jenn61, Are the both of you that moronic and insecure with you lives to post some religious statements that have absolutely nothing to do with the collection of guns? Seriously get a grip on life, this has nothing to do with God or religion. Here’s some food for thought, keep your born again hypocritical insanely insecure presumptuous statements to yourselves. People like you make me want to vomit. If this article had anything to do with Religion, your posts might have some merit. However they don’t, in short keep your off key comments where they belong.

No One Special

What a religious bigot!

No One Special

What a religious bigot!

Wayne Justinen

Actually, for Christians everywhere, this thread has everything to do with religion. Jesus gave us a new commandment, to love one another.

Because I love my grandchildren I want to see responsible teachers, custodians, parents and grandparents armed while at school; because it does no good to send police - with patrol rifles, pistols, body armor and Kevlar helmets - to the scene of a school shooting where they will encounter a dead, suicidal killer and multiple innocent victims.

Perhaps the people collecting these guns could give them to teachers who don't have their own; or sell the ones that wouldn't be suitable, and purchase pistols that are.

It boggles the mind that we would arm hirelings (police) but refuse to accept the responsibility that love demands.

Wingmaster

These gun turn in programs are for liberals that want to feel good about themselves! The way I see it, its probably a good thing that a lib doesn't have a gun because they might not be trained properly in its use and probably do not know how to keep them secure!

Now, like others out there, if you want to turn in your guns I will go a step further and pay you a discounted price for them...that way you will feel good and make a little money and I will properly take care of the firearm and feel good about the deal I just got!

AtomicRooster

No thank you. My guns are safe at my home and they are ALL LEGALLY registered. And they will STAY in my home. My 2nd Amendment Right. I have a CPL. Why? Because a Police Officer is too heavy to carry around.

jackassery

maybe the govt. should ban doughnuts!

Psmith

amem AtomicRooster

newspaperlawyer

The question should be asked what the police department will be doing with them... selling them at the yearly city auction... Maybe the ATF will put them in the program Fast and Furious... That seemed to work real well for them.

newspaperlawyer

Will they also take old ammo????

Zegota

I would really like to see what the damage is, or what the threat is, of having a person turning in guns they do not wish to have around the home. I feel that turning it into the local Police Department is a responsible and logical thing to do. Mostly if that individual feels it is what they personally feel is the right thing to do, remember this is still America, even under the King in Washington D.C.
A person might not wish to sell it, or to throw it into the trash, maybe they are a senior citizen and have no idea what to do with it. Trusting the local Police Department, or even the state police is the right thing to do, because once it is in there hands, it is there responsibility.
As for the gun locks, come on, be an adult, just what harm or damage is being done by providing gun locks, yes, some people cannot afford to purchase a lock, or better a gun safe. I would think that gun advocates and owners would support this type of action, if it can prevent one accident then it is well worth it.
Because surely today we do not need to provide the growing liberal anti-gun lovers, including the media any more anti-second right ammunition, we are at the beginning of losing gun rights. So any actions by the authorities that does not directly threatens our rights, should be supported.
But I would like to know, just as newspaperlawyer and some others have questioned, just what does the police department do with these guns after they are turned in. I know that larger cities destroys the guns and ammunitions that are turned in, maybe the Newspaper could do a follow-up?
Lets work together and protect the Constitution, and life.

 

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