Updated 06/15/2011 05:55 AM
Albany pastor wants to bring gun buy-back program to Sch'dy
In the wake of the two recent shootings, Albany Pastor Charlie Muller is looking to bring a gun buy-back program to Schenectady. Megan Cruz reports.
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SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- "It's like, what's going on in this neighborhood?" said one local resident.
"Yeah, because there's like a shooting every week," said another resident.
Actually, this week, there's already been two shootings in less than three days. The latest one happened during a domestic dispute on Mumford Street around 7:20 a.m. Tuesday.
Public Safety Commissioner Wayne Bennett said, "On our arrival, we did find a 23-year-old male that was shot."
The other shooting was only a half-mile away. Eddie Stanley, 15, was shot dead around 2 a.m. Sunday during a house party on Bridge Street. Bennett said these back-to-back shootings are an unfortunate signs of the times.
"This is just a reflection of society in America, where the violence is now enacted through the means of a gun," said Bennett.
That's why Pastor Charlie Muller, who heads up a gun buy-back program in Albany, wants to start one in Schenectady.
He explained, "What we did in Albany I believe can be done in Schenectady. We've had some great success."
Pastor Charlie said in one week, five handguns were turned in. He said it might not seem like a lot, but every buy-back makes a difference.
"Another good kid dies, why? Because of nonsense," he said. "If there's no handguns, there just gonna be no shots fired, there's gonna be no murders."
Residents said the gun buy-back may work.
"It might, because money's involved," said one local resident.
But others say that's not enough.
"They need more security up in this place," said another local resident. "Personally, I see a lot of things go down everyday."
Police said they have been stepping up patrols in these areas. As for the two recent shootings, the investigations continue. As of now, no arrests have been made.
For more information about the gun buy-back program, contact Pastor Charlie Muller of Victory Christian Church at (518) 209-3557.