Congresswoman Speier Emotional as Hundreds of Guns Collected

Rep. Jackie Speier wept briefly as she watched hundreds of guns being collected at Saturday's County gun buyback event.

UPDATE 7:48 P.M.: 

The gun buyback event collected more than 680 firearms, including 24 assault weapons, 338 hand guns and 371 long guns, according to Congresswoman Jackie Speier.

Officials also collected a 100-round capacity magazine, 30-round
capacity magazines, a sawed-off shotgun and a Street Sweeper.

A total of $63,500 was handed out.


At 9:30 a.m., the line of cars waiting to enter the lot of the San Mateo County Event Center -- in San Mateo -- for the gun buyback event was so long, Sheriff's deputies and staff decided to start the event 30 minutes early.

By 11 a.m., some 200 pistols, rifles, and an assault rifle or two had been collected, and thousands in cash had been given out, prompting Congresswoman Jackie Speier and Sheriff's deputies to call the event "a success."

Speier (D-San Mateo), the victim of the mass shooting at Jonestown in 1978, was emotional as Sheriff's deputies collected a large assault rifle from one citizen.

As sheriff's deputies showed her the gun and explained its workings the congresswoman shed a few tears.

During a press conference at 11 a.m., 90 minutes into the event, San Mateo County Sheriff Greg Munks estimated they had already collected about 200 guns, and said he was "overwhelmed at the turnout."

Speier also took the microphone at the conference.

"One thing is very clear - we are a gun-violent society," she said, adding that of the 23 wealthiest countries in the world, the U.S. is responsible for 80 percent of all gun deaths.

"What [this event] shows is that, the people of our County recognize that the time has come to get guns out of their homes and turn them in to a safer place," she continued. 

Rep. Speier addressed some of the criticism over gun buyback events by saying that, even though some of the guns collected came from responsible gun owners' homes, it's still possible they can get into the hands of criminals if a burglar should rob the home and get their hands on them.

"For those that say gun buybacks don't do enough, let me say this - for every gun collected here today, that's one less gun that could end up in the wrong hands and kill a child, kill an adult, or maim someone," she said.

In total, San Mateo County Supervisor Adrienne Tissier, who helped sponsor the event with Rep. Speier, said they had made $58,000 available for payouts that day, but that even if they ran out of funds, vouchers would be given out so that citizens could be paid for their guns later.

Tissier said the $58,000 came from a variety of sources but mainly from community donations.

Patch will update this story as total numbers of guns collected and funds paid out is released by the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.


GOPSTAR January 27, 2013 at 04:28 AM
Are you kidding me,who in the hell weeps when people are at a gun buyback program. Only a liberal that sees a news camera. These as#$%@*s really think we are that stupid.
GOPSTAR January 27, 2013 at 04:35 AM
I wonder how many tears she shed when the ATF gave all those semi automatic guns to the Mexican Drug Cartels. Then one of those guns killed a border patrol agent. Then they all run and hide from the cameras. Only in America
Yours Truely January 27, 2013 at 05:59 AM
To keep the weapons off the hads of the wrong person or persons-the bad people or psychotics I.e., thugs or mentally ill ... Maybe the mentally ill, but the truth is all the bad people aren't selling Thierry guns back. They're keeping them because they need to walk safely around the ghetto with them or make their errands. The only thing this is probably doing is making all the innocent people unsafe. "I'm doing what's best to protect my family from harms way" says a young mom as she drives off with a couple hundred dollars in her hand. So ironic. What's she going to do when the bad guy who didn't sell his gun breaks into her house. Besides if you're a bad guy and you show up to those gun buy backs, the police will recognize you and arrest you for possession of a weapon, and bullets pphhhh, you might as well be mentally ill. You would buy back something you never owned with all the money the local, state or government has. Try another idea, like breaking in to every home and tenant in the ghetto and not arresting anyone for taking the gun of a breaking an entry victim.
G.I. Jane January 27, 2013 at 07:03 AM
Hey what happened? I posted a comment here and youguys took it off. There was nothing wrong with it. It took me z long time to type that. Why doyou guys always violate a freedom of speech? It was important!
Andrew Peceimer January 28, 2013 at 07:39 PM
How many criminals turned in their guns? None?


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