Events planned Saturday against gun violence

As President Obama steps up the pressure on Congress to enact gun policy reforms, Bay Area officials and residents are planning to speak and act on the issue this Saturday, April 13.

Rep. Jackie Speier, D-San Mateo, and South San Francisco, Daly City, San Bruno, Pacifica, Burlingame, Colma, Millbrae, Brisbane and Broadmoor police departments will hold a gun buyback from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the South San Francisco Courthouse, 1050 Mission Road. Any resident of those cities and towns can surrender weapons, no questions asked, and receive up to $100 cash for a handgun, shotgun or rifle, and up to $200 cash for an assault weapon.

People interested in participating in the gun buyback can call 650-829-3700 for more information. Participants must transport firearms unloaded and in their vehicles’ trunks.

“Fewer guns mean fewer accidents and fewer chances for guns to fall into the wrong hands,” Speier said in a news release.

At the same time, the Silicon Valley North chapter of Organizing for Action – the successor organization to the president’s 2012 campaign – plans a rally against gun violence at 11 a.m. in Centennial Plaza, next to the Mountain View Caltrain station. OFA activists from across the Bay Area will be joined by volunteers and speakers from the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Safety Action, Silicon Valley Community Against Gun Violence, and Parents Against Gun Violence.

I’ll be at a different kind of gun-violence vigil this Saturday: the memorial service for my former colleague Lionel Fluker, who was killed by a stray bullet last Friday night as he drove near his Oakland home. The public service will be at noon in the CP Bannon Mortuary, 6800 International Blvd. in Oakland.

Lionel – a freelance photographer for the Oakland Tribune from 1995 to 2007 – was a man of immense professional talent but even greater cheer and charm. He was among the most upbeat, pleasant people I’ve met in this industry, and his ever-present smile will be sorely missed by all those who knew him. He was 54, and is survived by family members including a 20-year-old daughter, Dominique.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • RR senile columnist

    According to a letter in the Wed. Issue of the CC Times, both the writer, former Guest Columnist Ralph Hoffmann and venerated President Lincoln, have been
    Diagnosed as mentally ill. Were he extant, we’d have to turn down Honest Abe’s permit application.

  • JohnW

    Josh, my condolences regarding Lionel Fluker. It seems like we just keep hearing more and more about these “stray bullet” tragedies. Perhaps as this phenomenon spreads beyond “the hood,” we’ll get serious about gun trafficking.

  • Elwood

    Legislatures and the Congress can pass all the goofy gun laws they want.

    None will prevent criminals and crazies from getting guns.

    But think of all the back patting! And we elect ’em again and again!

  • Elwood

    Another possible solution is marksmanship lessons for gangbangers who are unable to hit the side of a barn with a pistol.

    This way they could ventilate their intended target without all the collateral damage.

  • Josh Richman

    @#4: I have to assume that’s just ill-advised sarcasm. It’s well-documented that even highly trained police officers often miss their intended targets in the heat of a gun battle, to say nothing of the fact that most rational adults aren’t OK with anyone – “gangbangers” or not – shooting each other to death in the streets.

  • Bruce R. Peterson, Lafayette

    Code Pink will be demonstrating @ the next gun show in San Francisco. I suspect more guns & ammo will be purchased @ the gun show, than people turn in @ all of these “gun buyback” shows, with their staged stash of turned in guns. A photo op for the corrupt, liberal media & their politician friends.
    My advice: Own a gun, stay alive. You never can tell when you will need it.
    If anyone wants to know if having a gun saved my life? The answer is; Yes.

  • Bruce R. Peterson, Lafayette

    The gun show will be Saturday April 13th @ the Cow Palace in Daly City,(not San Francisco). With all of this talk about gun control, guns & ammo are in great demand.

  • JohnW


    Same dates as the sailboat show at Jack London. As the bumper stickers say, “I’d rather be sailing.”

  • MichaelB


    I would expect that most rational people understand where “violence” really comes from – an individual. Not a gun, knife, club, bat, etc. And that criminals, by definition, will not obey any new gun laws.

    The irrational ones insist on holding demonstrations blaming guns, people legally owning them not involved with violence, gun manufacturers, the “gun lobby” or gun shops instead. I guess the criminals “just didn’t mean it”. The were “forced” against their will to abuse firearms.

    If trained individuals can miss their targets (and would therefore require more ammunition) then there’s no reason to ban “high capacity” magazines for anyone else wishing to defend themselves from harm?