Niki Watson with Future Successors, Incorporate urges us to, "look what happened in Colorado, look what happened in Connecticut and look what happened in Florida. It's out there and people are just not paying it that much attention."
Shots fired. Lately, it's a common phrase heard on police scanners in the area. Watson says her group wants to inspire to empower gun awareness and education in the CSRA. She says gun buybacks like this one can help do that.
"We gotta get all these guns off the streets. It's an overflow of guns and kids are getting them wherever. Just at parks and neighborhoods or just stumbling across them," she explains.
Donors were given $50 for rifles and $75 for hand guns at no questions asked. Watson says she'll do whatever she needs to do to keep these guns off the streets.
And people we talked with are locked and loaded on helping her reach that goal.
Augusta resident, Delon Smith, says "any way I can help. By turning in a fire arm, I think that's helping the community."
Smith says he found a gun cleaning out the home of a lost loved one. He says getting rid of that weapon for the safety of his wife and children, as well as the community, is a big deal.
"It's very important. If you get one gun or a hundred guns off the streets that's not registered legally," he adds.
An idea that Watson says she hopes will help decrease violence throughout the community. And she's already got a plan.
"In order for us to eliminate violence, in order for us to attack poverty, we've got to instill hope into these communities," she says.
More than 30 guns were donated today. So many, Watson ran out of gift cards and ended up paying donors more than a hundred bucks out of her own pocket.
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