According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Oakland city officials will reward anyone who turns in a gun this Saturday in Sobrante Park and next week in DeFremery Park with two tickets to the Dec. 15 concert by GUNS N' ROSES at Oracle Arena.
"GUNS N' ROSES — the band?" asked Mike Magardo, a 34-year-old Oakland resident. "I think that's a little off the mark. In general, the folks who would show up for a gun exchange in those neighborhoods either don't know or care who GUNS N' ROSES are."
"Why would any youngsters want to go see GUNS N' ROSES," Andrew Smith, 32, asked.
Mark Lipsett, a 45-year-old banker, said, "That seems crazy to me. How about Raiders tickets, Warriors tickets, a pizza coupon, just about anything," he said.
Etah Allah, 31, who grew up in West Oakland, summed it up nicely.
"I wouldn't give them a sling shot," he said. "In fact, given some of the things that (Axl) Rose has said about black folks, I think I should get a gun for just going to the concert," he said, bringing a laugh from his friends.
Joe DeVries, who runs Oakland's violence-prevention program with tax funds from voter-approved Measure Y, says the GUNS N' ROSES promotion is admittedly not a great match. But he hopes it's the start of a program that will expand to include acts that speak to younger black audiences.
"I recognize that GUNS N' ROSES isn't a band that a lot of Oakland kids listen to, but there are so many stolen guns used in crimes in this city we'll take any guns we can get," he said.
Read more at SFGate.com.