The tragic shooting in Uvalde, Texas followed an incident during which civilians were shot in a racially motivated attack in Buffalo, New York.
There was even a horrible incident involving gun violence here in Albuquerque just last week.
"Just this week, Albuquerque police issued arrest warrants for five teens charged in connection with firing at least 30 rounds into an SUV, killing a young mother, her child in the back seat, and wounding her fiancé in what appears to be a case of mistaken identity over a previous theft, also involving guns." —Joline Gutierrez Krueger
The gun culture in America is strong, and, while some people simply enjoy target shooting and hunting, the weapons bring back deeply painful memories for many.
There are those—myself included—who have a strong aversion to guns, and what they have represented throughout history: bloodshed.
Fortunately, members of the community will have the opportunity to trade any guns they may have for gift cards, no questions asked.
"Next month you have your chance to lay down your arms, no questions asked, and get compensated for your efforts to help reduce the number of unwanted weaponry in the country. Gun violence prevention organizations and faith-based groups in 10 states (so far) across the country are banding together to launch the first Guns to Gardens National Buyback Day on June 11. New Mexico is one of those states." —Joline Gutierrez Krueger
Even if someone has a gun that has been stolen, they will not face any repercussions from the law if they decide to give it to Guns to Gardens.
"Firearms will be checked to see if they are stolen once the exchange is made. Because participants remain anonymous, that means you may freely surrender stolen guns without fear of the law nabbing you." —Joline Gutierrez Krueger
This is an excellent opportunity for anyone who is simply tired of having a gun on their hands and also wants to support agricultural efforts. It is truly a great cause!
You can learn more here.