Friday, February 12, 2016

Trade your gun for Beyoncé tickets thanks to the NYPD?

There are gun buyback programs and then there are gun buyback programs.

Trade your gun for Beyoncé tickets thanks to the NYPD?

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Beyonce sings the National Anthem at the ceremonial swearing-in for President Barack Obama at the U.S. Capitol during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Beyonce sings the National Anthem at the ceremonial swearing-in for President Barack Obama at the U.S. Capitol during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) ASSOCIATED PRESS

There are gun buyback programs and then there are gun buyback programs. Take for instance, a proposed initiative that could help New York's finest take a slew of guns of the street in exchange for some Beyoncé tickets. Seriously.

The New York Daily News has more:

Michael (Blue) Williams, the head of Family Tree Entertainment, has pitched the city’s first private-sector gun buyback program to NYPD brass and is waiting for Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly’s okay.

“We want to get as many guns off the streets, and if this works, we’d like to support it,” Kelly told the Daily News, adding that the proposal needs more study.

What will the program be called? Glad you asked.

Williams hopes to launch the program — dubbed “Guns for Greatness” — on March 23 at a Brooklyn church.

Yup. That's a real thing that might happen. Williams has already raised $75,000 to support the program and hopes to help that figure reach six digits.

Oh, did I mention that he was recently arrested on gun charges? Because he was recently arrested on gun charges.

Williams said he was prompted to do something about gun violence after his business partner, Chris Lighty, co-founder of Violator records, shot himself to death in August. He said his own recent arrest for bringing a gun he had registered in Georgia but not in New York through LaGuardia Airport was also an “eye-opening experience.”

“It was just sort of like a pushing point,” Williams said. “It eventually convinced me that one person can make a difference if they believe in something."

Williams isn't the only one throwing his weight behind the initiative. The letter he sent to Commissioner Kelly was signed by a former federal prosecuter and the publisher of The Source magazine (not the same guy). [New York Daily News]


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