Mayor Hopes for Gun BuyBack Success

By: Fay Li Email
By: Fay Li Email

A 16-year-old girl is still recovering in the hospital after a shooting on Saturday night on Maple Street off Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

"We heard about six to seven gunshots and I looked out my window, preceded to the front door, opened it and I heard people screaming, and distinctively remember screaming she's been shot," said Joshua Taranto, who lives close to where the shooting happened.

Taranto ran to the scene with his first aid kit and found a girl lying face down on the ground with a bullet in her lower back.

"Everybody else was screaming and I was just applying pressure, trying not to really look at the gore of it," said Taranto.

According to police, the victim is in stable condition and Mayor Virg Bernero says it's time to get to the root of the problem.

"I've attended funerals of too many young people, I'm hoping there's a community dialogue. Kids with guns is a terrible deadly combination and we see this increasingly," said Mayor Bernero.

He says that's where the city's gun buyback program comes into play. Though not expected to be the magic answer to all violence, the mayor hopes it'll be part of the solution, something that takes guns away from those who shouldn't have them.

"My goal is not to collect all the guns in Lansing, my goal is not to prevent any law-abiding citizen from having a gun," said Mayor Bernero.

The debate over gun control is going strong not only in Lansing, but around the country and this time, the mayor expects to take at least 100 guns off the street during the gun buyback this Saturday.

Police have a person of interest in Saturday's shooting of the 16 year old. Her younger sister was also grazed by a bullet.

Another victim is also recovering after a drive-by shooting that happened early Sunday morning in the 1000 block of Euclid Place. Police believe that shooting is not random and that the shooter was targeting the victim.


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  • by TLB Location: Eat Lansing on Feb 11, 2013 at 09:21 AM
    About all this by-back accomplished was to provide a forum for persons interested in purchasing guns without being bothered by a back ground check! Just observe all the individuals outside the entrance looking for a good deal! Wonderful job Mayor!
  • by Name Location: Location on Feb 8, 2013 at 06:14 AM
    Virg now feels good about himself, costly therapy for the Mayor!?!?!?
  • by Vickie Location: Lansing on Feb 7, 2013 at 10:45 AM
    I can't believe that Bernaro is dumb enough to really believe that the thugs and hoodlums are going to turn in their guns for a gift card!
  • by Lee on Feb 6, 2013 at 11:23 AM
    I need to keep mine thank you very much!
  • by Cap'n Rita Location: Lansing on Feb 5, 2013 at 09:30 PM
    Without a doubt the most useless waste of money ever conceived! The thugs and criminals are not going to turn in their guns for $100 gift card. Most likely they are already getting 3 times that in EBT, anyway. The ones who should be turning in the guns are not the ones who work and earn their keep.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 5, 2013 at 03:14 PM
    And this was the best the dems could offer to run the state. No wonder things are messed up in washington, detroit and the city of lansing.
  • by James Location: Lansing on Feb 5, 2013 at 09:41 AM
    FAIL FAIL FAIL. So Lansing has had gun buybacks before right? Did it prevent people from getting shot? NOPE. Just read the recent news. As a matter of fact, it's been proven to do nothing to reduce gun violence, and you know what, gun toting criminals LOVE gun buybacks. Not because they are all excited to get free groceries, a free ticket to play laser tag or whatever measly prize you get for turning in your Grandfather's shotgun that was proudly handed down to you by your father. It's because it means less armed citizens they have to worry about shooting back at them. So go ahead, let our government proceed with their disarming of the law abiding citizen, and lets see where it gets us. Oh by the way, the reason I need an AR-15 with a 30 round mag (along side my grandfather's double barrel 12 gauge) is so I have a chance against the criminal, who is armed with a AR-15 with a 30 round mag. Duh.
  • by WTH Location: LANSING on Feb 5, 2013 at 08:06 AM
    Buy back? Why not give criminals some consequences? The guys that are shooting people up are not going to turn in their guns! DUH! I'd say that we need to teach more gun responsibility, but todays society lacks that greatly! I need money for groceries and I'm not about to turn in any of the guns at my house. We use them to fill our freezer during hunting seasons.
  • by Rick Location: Stockbridge on Feb 5, 2013 at 07:44 AM
    All the Mayor is doing is making it profitable for thieves to steal more guns from law abiding citizens with paid incentive. He's creating a "no questions asked" fence for thieves.
  • by Courtney Location: Location on Feb 5, 2013 at 07:43 AM
    Let's deal with the root of the problem. What has happened to kids that feel the need to shoot others. What issues exist that make them think this is what it boils down to. Is it the neighborhood they live in, is it the lack of sound upbringing because of possible generational upbringing, is it poverty and no concern for education? I could go on. Guns are tools, the real problems lie in the person.
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