Concerned about rising gun violence, St. David’s Episcopal Church outside Detroit hosted a gun buyback in December so residents could trade firearms for gift cards. 

“We’re trying to help build a safer community,” explained Chris Yaw, the church’s rector. “Guns are the No. 1 cause of death for kids. You’re drastically likely to take your life with a gun if you own one, and most gun crime is committed with stolen guns.” 

So, Yaw was astonished to learn the 224 guns exchanged at St. David’s would not be destroyed by Michigan State Police as expected. Instead, those guns and firearms from other buybacks would be repackaged and resold online, contributing to the very violence St. David’s hoped to stop. 

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