Black Ministers in San Diego Offer Gift Cards for Guns

Handguns exchanged by Mexican citizens for money and food are seen piled inside a box on December 8, 2011 in Mexico City.The Secretary of Public Safety of  the Federal District promotes the campaign "Life without Weapons;  Exchange for Money 2011" with the intention of removing the weapons in civilian hands. People who bring weapons receive between USD 200 and USD 700, depending of the kind of weapon.   AFP PHOTO/Yuri CORTEZ (Photo credit should read YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Black Ministers in San Diego Offer Gift Cards for Guns

African-American ministers in San Diego are offering gift cars in exchange for guns -- with no questions asked -- in an effort to decrease street violence in their community.

Published December 12, 2011

“We’ll give you a gift card for a gun,” is the message African-American ministers in San Diego are giving this holiday season.


On Dec. 19, the ministers are sponsoring a no-questions-asked gun exchange at their ministerial committee headquarters. The exchange, taking place for the past three years, gifted a $100 gift card last year in exchange for a handgun. A $200 gift card was given in exchange for a rifle.


About 540 firearms were “taken off the streets” over the past three years, the San Diego United African-American Ministerial Action Committee calculates.


This year, they — along with co-sponsors Councilman Tony Young, law enforcement agencies and the foundation of football star Junior Seau — hope to decrease even more of the number of guns in the streets.


The exchange will take place on Monday, Dec. 19, at the United African-American Ministerial Action Committee headquarters at 4981 Market Street, San Diego, California, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.


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(Photo: YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Written by Danielle Wright

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