Managing Editor of Special Editions Ken Iglehart attended the Klein's ShopRite gun buy-back in Northeast Baltimore. Here's what he observed:
People streaming to the gun buy-back in the city’s Coldstream Homestead Montebello neighborhood Saturday probably figured they’d be in and out in a few minutes with their $100 Klein’s ShopRite grocery gift card in hand. So many weren’t really dressed for a long wait.
But as the line into St. Paul Baptist Church grew to a block long, it was clear this would take a while—people waited over an hour to get up to the table in the (thankfully warm) church staffed by Northeastern District police officers.
“I didn’t dress for this,” said one 60-something woman, as she stomped her feet to keep warm, clutching a box with her deceased husband’s silver snub-nosed revolver in it (she brought the ammo, too). “But I don’t need this thing—I need to get rid of it.”
And, despite the cold and the long wait, no one left the line. In fact, if ShopRite—which worked with Baltimore City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young and the Baltimore Police Department to arrange the event—...