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.