LINCOLN HEIGHTS, Ohio - The Lincoln Heights community and local leaders held a press conference Friday announcing the second of three Gifts for Guns-Gun Buy Back events as a part of the Ceasefire Stop the Violence campaign.
The first event was held on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and collected 145 guns.
The second event will be held on Abraham Lincoln's birthday, Feb. 12, and the third event will be held on Good Friday, March 29.
This campaign was founded as one of many efforts to battle and bring attention to the gun violence that is afflicting the city of Cincinnati.
"Despite the opposition, we have had an overwhelming amount of support from individuals throughout the country who are thankful for our efforts to save even one life," Pastor Ennis F. Tait, executive director of Project Nehemiah, said in a press release Friday. "With the ever increasing gun violence among the youth in our communities and in the country as a whole, we can't afford to only talk about what we are going to do, we have to act."
The event's purpose is to encourage individuals who own guns to turn them over in exchange for $100 gift cards from Target and Kroger. The gift cards are purchased with donations from the community, private donor organizations and corporations throughout the area.
"We are still in need of more donations," said Pastor Tait in a press release. "This is a city-wide, cross county and multi-cultural issue that needs the support (financial and otherwise) of all who make up the Tri-State area."
Research has determined that one of the chief tasks when dealing with gun violence in the community is the amount of guns in the hands of young people, according to the press release.
"Our goal is to get as many guns out of homes and off the streets that could potentially be used to commit a crime or cause injury to innocent children," said Pastor Tait. "Through this program, we hope to encourage individuals throughout the 52 communities of Cincinnati to turn in these guns, in a secure environment, in exchange for something they need."