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Mother finds gun in bedroom of 11-year-old son

June 12, 2013 3:46:56 PM PDT
A community's call to turn in guns after an avalanche of gun violence has yielded a shocker.

A mother found a gun in the bedroom of her young son.

One more gun is off the streets in Brownsville.

What's most disturbing is that a mother found it in her son's room.

The silver 38-caliber revolver gave the shock of a lifetime to one Brooklyn mom, after she discovered it in the bedroom of her 11-year-old son.

"Can you imagine a sixth grader taking this gun to school? This is just one gun that won't make it to any New York City public school today," said Anthony Newerls, a youth organizer.

Anthony Newerls, a youth organizer, got the unexpected call from the frightened mother who wanted this gun out of her home and away from her son.

Its disturbing scenes where a young gunman opens fire on a Brooklyn street and is then pursued that police hope will encourage parents to heed the call to help get the guns off the streets.

"We want parents to be involved as much as possible," Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said.

"We want mothers to flip their rooms. Go inside. Talk to your kids. You pay the rent so you have the entitlement to go in there and do whatever you need to do to find out what is happening in that kid's life," said Tony Herbert, a community advocate.

With gun in hand, community advocate Tony Herbert led the way into the 73rd precinct where he and others met with police officials and handed over the gun.

Anyone can turn in a gun at any precinct, police officials stress.

There is an ongoing buy-back program in the borough which has been successful.

People turning in guns can get $100.

Also there are special buy-back events in which you can receive up to $200.

"Anytime we can get a gun off the streets I am all for it. They can always call a precinct and we will come and pick it up," Kelly said.

"The consequences of this one bullet don't just hurt one person. It hurts many, it hurts many," Newerls said.

Community leaders say kids can sometimes become pawns for those who really possess the guns.

"This weapon is now off the streets so it can't harm anybody. And in fact might have saved a young child's life," Herbert said.


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