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  •  Looking for more info about the 2yr old (13+ / 0-)

    who was wounded, I came across this news article from the same area:

    SAN MATEO -- Officials paid out $63,500 in cash Saturday to gun owners who turned in over 680 firearms, including 24 assault weapons, less than two months after the massacre at a Connecticut elementary school, said a Congresswoman.

    "Every weapon turned in is one less life that might be lost or damaged by a firearm, whether accidentally or intentionally," said event co-sponsor Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Hillsborough.

    Among the weapons Sheriff's deputies stacked into garbage cans at the county Event Center, were 100-round and 30-round capacity magazines, which are illegal in California. Someone also turned in a high-capacity shotgun that is known by the ominous moniker "street sweeper."

    During the no questions asked event, authorities paid up to $100 for handguns, shotguns and rifles as well as a maximum of $200 for assault weapons.

    This event comes after a string of other "buy back" happenings held around the Bay Area since the Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School that left 20 children dead. It was co-sponsored by San Mateo County Supervisor Adrienne Tissier and Sheriff Greg Munks.

    We cannot mistake absolutism for principle, or substitute spectacle for politics, or treat name-calling as reasoned debate. -Pres. Obama, 1/21/13

    by SoCalSal on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 12:55:38 PM PST

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