76ers and Philly police announce guns-for-tickets program

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    Should be an interesting crowd at the Sixers' games this spring. We are going to a game next month. I'm glad we will be in a club box, lol.


    76ers and Philly police announce guns-for-tickets program

    February 21, 2006

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Philadelphia 76ers and police officials Tuesday announced a program aimed at curbing gun violence by exchanging tickets for guns.

    The one-week program opens Wednesday. Anyone can bring a working gun into a city police station and exchange it for a voucher good for a pair of tickets to an upcoming 76ers game, no questions asked.

    "If we get one (gun), it's a successful program," said Billy King, the team's president. "If we get one, if we get a thousand, whatever we get that's going to be good enough."

    Sitting at a table with 15 guns ranging from semiautomatic rifles to tiny, easily concealed handguns, Police Commissioner Sylvester Johnson said the program wasn't only for illegal guns. He would be happy if law-abiding citizens turned in their firearms, too.

    "Any gun that can kill needs to be taken off the streets," Johnson said.

    The city's murder rate spiked last year and is on a similar pace in 2006. There were 380 homicides in the city in 2005 -- the highest total in five years. There were 44 homicides in the city from Jan. 1 through Monday, just slightly off last year's pace.

    The program is similar to one the 76ers ran in 1999. "Guns for Gear" brought in close to 900 guns in just three days.

    The 76ers aren't the first NBA team to run such a program. The Denver Nuggets traded tickets for guns for several years as part of the "Operation Cease Fire" program in the mid to late '90s.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news?slug=ap-gunsfortickets&prov=ap&type=lgns
     
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    Eh, they'll just give 'em crappy 400 level tix.
     
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    Be sure an take yer gun, you may need it. :)
     
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    I wonder if gun thefts will go up? :)
     
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    Seriously. Even the folks in the nose-bleed seats start out and end up in the same main concourse. I think I'll leave my jewelry home. :cof:
     
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    Really? That sucks. They're real hard asses at Wizards games. You sit where your ticket is for, and that's it.
     
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    Nah, you misunderstood me. I am talking about the main concourse where you start out before you go into the actual arena and find your seat. It is the only way in and out of the place.

    I do remember the thrill of "finding" better seats during a game. I still see it go on, but not in the boxes.
     
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    Ah, ok. Gotchya.
     
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    First of all, getting guns "off the streets" does nothing to curb violence. If anything, it gets the guns out of law-abiding gun owners hands, making them more prone to violence by criminals.

    Second, as if I wasn't done with the NBA in the first place, I'm deadset against the 76ers from here on out. I hope they go 0-84 from now until they get a new owner, who understands that guns protect people from violence. This guy, by his ignorant quotes, shows himself to be a gun-controling moron. Both billy King and Sylvester Johnson are complete idiots in my book. Keep your hands off my guns!!! :finger: :mad:
     
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    Nah the team isnt that good. Dont think anyone would even steal to get into a Sixer game these days.
     

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