BY JAMES HARPER
The Daytona Beach Police Department confirmed this week that a gun buyback is scheduled for May 18 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Hope Fellowship Church. That’s the same day a “March Against the Madness” of gun violence, gang violence and domestic abuse is planned.
“DBPD will exchange gift cards up to $50, depending on the type and condition of the gun. Unwanted guns can be dropped off at Hope Fellowship Church,” said Carla Quann. “No questions asked.”
Bringing people together and working toward a solution against gun violence, gang violence and domestic abuse will be the focus of the march, scheduled to start at 9 a.m. from Derbyshire Park near Hope Fellowship Church in Daytona Beach. A rally will begin after the march.
Bishop Derek T. Triplett, pastor of Hope Fellowship and one of the organizers of the march said, “The fire is hot in our community. Every day we are dealing with these ills and ailments.
“I am not tying the march to any particular episode in our city, but to aggregate violence across America,” Triplett said. He explained that the march wasn’t timed because of recent shootings across the city since December, where Black teens were either killed or injured.
“Our kids are acting out in part of what the culture has produced,” he added.
Triplett said he wants the rally and march to become a catalyst to bring people together who usually wouldn’t work together. The plan is to look at the landscape of the community and focus in on a couple of issues every year.
Marchers will leave Derbyshire Park to Third Street; proceed west on Third Street, turning right on Imperial Drive; proceed north on Imperial Drive to Sixth Street, turning right, then proceeding east on Sixth Street to Derbyshire, then turn right (south) on Derbyshire back to Derbyshire Park.
For more information on March Against the Madness, call Hope Fellowship at 386-226-1122.