Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Mailbag: Gun Buy Back

In response to my post on the Detroit Police Department and their gun buy back program, Bigbone wrote in to say:
Yea, right. They'll just take the money and try to find a better gun than they had.

Again I ask, why can't something be done about all those panhandlers on the corners of Warren and Southfield. They're not helping the area one bit.

By the way, does anyone know what happened to the ATM machines at the Chase Bank?
First, the program only pays $50 for a firearm that's in operating condition. If someone did get another gun, I don't think it would be much better than the one they turned in if they only have $50 to spend.

As for the panhandlers, I agree that they do not help the area. Unfortunately, the options for what we can are very limited. Legally, there is only so much that one can do.

They are obviously organized, because there's usually only one of them working the corner of W. Warren and Southfield at any given time. However, they don't block traffic or interfere with pedestrians. They also don't intimidate people into giving money. Finally, there isn't anything - at least that I know of - linking them to any crime other than panhandling.

With all of that being true, there really is very little that can be done. Detroit, like most cities, has an ordinance against panhandling. However, the police and prosecutors are very reluctant to get involved because they see it as such a low-priority item.

As for the ATMs at Chase Bank, I don't know anything about them. If anyone else does, please feel free to post about it in the comment section below.
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