The issue of gun violence has become an epidemic in America in recent years. Since taking office in 2008, President Barack Obama has given at least 14 speeches following 14 mass shootings. Six of those massacres took place within the last year, culminating in the murder of 49 people at an Orlando nightclub.
Though it marks only a small step in the ongoing battle against gun violence, one Indianapolis pizza parlor is taking its neighborhood’s crime problem into its own hands, starting a program that will hopefully get guns off of the streets while keeping people fed.
According to Fox 59, D&C Pizza is in the process of working out a program where they will offer a free extra-large pie to anyone that turns in an illegal firearm. The owners at D&C are fed up with the amount of gun violence on Indianapolis' east side, and think that the incentive of a free meal might be enough to get people to hand over their guns.
“When you pass here right off of 36th and go all of the way down to 25th street and over, it is like a war zone. It is not getting any better,” Donald Dancy, the owner of the restaurant, told the Fox affiliate. “I can see kids 14 through 18 coming in here and buying a pizza and their guns fall out.”
The plan is still awaiting police approval, but if that comes through, Dancy says that he thinks plenty of customers would trade in their guns in exchange for a free meal. He says he plans to keep the guns in a safe place until he’s able to turn them over to the authorities.
The plan might not be as easy as Dancy thinks, however. Damon Roach, a local bishop at First Christian Baptist Church, had a similar program three years ago, where he offered as much as $600 in cash for an illegal gun. But instead of lines out the door, he was met with instances of vandalism and arson perpetrated against his church.
Still, few experiences bring people together quite like eating pizza. And, if anything, the program is a valiant effort from D&C to try and help the community it feeds.