It may be difficult to look at that many firearms at once after the Newtown shooting, but just think about it: They were all returned, in what's being called an instant gun-buyback boom, and in one of the most dangerous places in America. This weekend, a state-sponsored cash-for-guns program in Camden County, New Jersey, saw the return of 1,137 firearms — the most successful buyback in state history, and not the only record-breaking return haul since Friday's massacre. "We heard that there were a number of gun owners on Saturday who had publicly said, in light of the situation that had just occurred in Connecticut, they wanted to turn in their weapons," Paul Loriquet, a spokesman for the Camden police department, said in an interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer's Darran Simon today
. "Loriquet said the previous most successful gun buyback in the state was a 2009 event in Newark, East Orange, and Irvington that yielded more than 700 weapons in a day and a half from Essex County residents," Simon added. And here comes the poetic part: back in 2008, Camden had the distinction of being declared the most dangerous city in the United States
, with 2,333 violent crimes per 100,000 people.
Camden isn't the only place that experienced a sudden buyback boom over the weekend. The Oakland/San Francisco buyback saw people drop off nearly 600 guns Saturday, some of whom didn't even waiting for the $200 reimbursement for their firearms."This was our largest gun buyback ... In June, I think we got 47," Oakland police Chief Howard Jordan told the Oakland Tribune.