After she discovered a firearm in her young son’s bedroom, a Brooklyn mom turned it over to community leaders who then gave it to the police. The Brownsville mom, who asked not to be named, fears the original owner of the 38-caliber handgun might come looking for it.
“I’m just relieved to get that gun out of my house,” the mother said.
The mom was nervous about a few of her son’s friends, which prompted her to start going through his things. When she found the gun, she was not sure what to do, so she gave it to Tony Herbert and Anthony Newerls of the Brooklyn Blizzards. The Brooklyn Blizzards are a youth organization that works with the National Action Network. They took the gun from the mother and then brought it to the 73rd Precinct. Herbert is encouraging parents to talk to their children about gang activity and search their rooms for any weapons.
“When you shoot something like this, you’re going to make a big bang,” Herbert said. “We’re not talking about bodies, but there probably could have been if this weapon had not been turned in.”
Newerls commended the mom for turning in the gun despite in spite of her fears.
“Can you imagine a sixth grader taking this gun to school?” Newerls said. “This is why we ask parents to look into their kids’ rooms. The consequences of one bullet doesn’t hurt just one person. It hurts many.”
Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly also applauded the mother for her actions, The New York Daily News reported.
“We want parents to be involved as much as possible,” Kelly said.