GIVE US A HAND: TURN IN A GUN
(Hartford, Conn. November 29, 2012) – Each year, hundreds of crimes and accidental injuries occur in Connecticut as a result
of the misuse of handguns. For the third
year, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, HartfordHospital, and SaintFrancis Hospital
and Medical Center
collaborated with the City of Hartford, Hartford
Police Department, and the Hartford
State’s Attorney’s Office
to help get guns off the streets.
A Community Gun Buyback Program was held on Saturday, December 1st
from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Community Renewal Team in Hartford.
“We are once again proud to support
a gun buyback program for the citizens of Connecticut,”
said Brendan Campbell, MD, Director of Pediatric Trauma, Connecticut Children’s
“This effort between Hartford’s three
trauma centers, as well as City and State officials, has removed hundreds of
unwanted firearms from Connecticut
homes so that they cannot be stolen by a criminal or found by a child,”
concluded Dr. Campbell.
The Gun Buyback Program provided gift cards to individuals who turned
in an operable firearm. A $75 gift was
given for a handgun or revolver, and a $25 gift card for the return of a
shotgun or rifle. Guns were asked to be
unloaded, placed in a clear plastic bag, and inside a paper bag or box.
All guns received are destroyed
unless forensic testing confirms they have been used in the commission of a
crime. Non-working guns, black-powder
weapons, BB guns, flare guns, and ammunition could be turned in; however, they
were not eligible for a gift card.
“We want our
community to be safe,’ said Lenworth Jacobs, MD, Director of Trauma and
Emergency Medicine, Hartford Hospital.
“We want to make sure our children can play safely outside without fear
of hearing gunshots or being accidentally hit by a stray bullet. This program aims to collect as many guns as
possible with no questions asked,” added Dr. Jacobs.
“If guns could speak, one can only
wonder what stories they could tell about what they have done in the past or
what they could do in the future,” said William Marshall, DO, Director of
Trauma, Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. “Ridding our streets of guns is a crucial
part of our effort to make neighborhoods safer for everyone,” added Dr.
About Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
Children's Medical Center, the regions only academic medical center dedicated
exclusively to the care of children, is committed to improving children's
physical and emotional health through family-centered care, research, education
and advocacy. Named one of America's Best Children's Hospitals by U.S.
News and World Report, Connecticut Children's offers a full range of quality
pediatric services at its hospitals in Hartford and Waterbury, Neonatal
Intensive Care Units (NICUs) in Hartford and Farmington, Specialty Care Centers
in Fairfield, Farmington, Glastonbury, Hartford and Shelton and 11 other
For more information, visit www.connecticutchildrens.org and
connect on Facebook at www.facebook.com/connecticutchildrens.
About Hartford Hospital
Hospital, founded in 1854, is one of the largest teaching hospitals and
tertiary care centers in New England with one of the region's busiest surgery
practices. It is annually ranked among America's Best Hospitals by US News
& World Report and has been recognized nationally for the quality of many
of its programs, including cardiology, cancer, stroke and joint and spine care.
The 867-bed regional referral center provides high-quality care in all clinical
disciplines. Among its divisions is The Institute of Living, a 114-bed mental
health facility with a national and international reputation of excellence.
Jefferson House, a 104-bed long-term care facility, is also a special division
of Hartford Hospital. The hospital’s major centers
of clinical excellence include cardiology, oncology, emergency services and
trauma, mental health, women’s health, orthopedics, bloodless surgery and
advanced organ transplantation. Hartford
Hospital owns and
operates the state’s only air ambulance system, LIFE STAR.
About Saint Francis
Saint Francis Care is an integrated healthcare delivery system established by
Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, an anchor institution in north
central Connecticut since 1897. Licensed
for 617 beds and 65 bassinets, it is a major teaching hospital and the largest
Catholic hospital in New England. Other
major entities of Saint Francis Care
include The Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital, the Connecticut Joint
Replacement Institute, the Hoffman Heart and Vascular Institute of Connecticut,
the Saint Francis/Mount Sinai Regional Cancer Center, and the Joyce D. and
Andrew J. Mandell Center for Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Care and
Neuroscience Research. Its services are
supported by a network of five major Access Centers and eight additional
medical office centers sited throughout the region. For more information, visit www.stfranciscare.com.