Sharpton & NYPD get guns off streets

December 18, 2010 3:33:09 PM PST
The Reverend Al Sharpton and New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly teamed up Saturday to get guns off the streets.

There was a packed audience Saturday at Rev. Sharpton's National Action Network headquarters to witness an unusual bit of crime-fighting teamwork.

Rev. Sharpton and Police Commissioner Kelly together.

Even the Guardian Angels, after a history of clashing with Sharpton, showed up with support.

The reason? To send a message to young people that there is nothing cool about crime.

Sharpton said, "This culture where they walk around with 'Scarface' on their chest and romanticizing thug life is no longer acceptable."

In New York City this year, violent crime like rape, robbery and murders, has ticked up.

If you look at all murder victims in New York City, 95% of them are either black or Hispanic.

"Now this is I find deeply disturbing. The society should not accept it, the community should not accept it, this police department should not accept it," Commissioner Kelly said.

After years of protesting police work Sharpton and the police commissioner made the decision to try to work together.

Shenee Johnson lost her 17-year-old to gun violence in May.

She appreciates what Sharpton and Kelly are doing.

"Once it happens to you, you're ready to get involved, but I'm urging before, even as it gets worse, let's try to get a grip on this on now. My 17-year-old is gone," Johnson said.

Besides the summit, police are pushing to get more guns off the street.

A gun buy-back program at churches, $200 cash for a handgun, no questions asked.

Since 2008, more than 6,000 guns destroyed.

According to the NYPD, a total of 354 guns were collected. They include three TEC-9 semi-automatic guns and an AK-47 style assault rifle.