Trumpet for Guns Program Putting Kids at Risk

So it’s now a good idea for kids like this to handle guns as long as they can trade them in for a trumpet? (Moms Demand Action/Facebook)

U.S.A. – -( “A New Orleans musician, shaken by the recent murder of a nine-year-old boy, wants kids to turn in their guns, for trumpets,” WVUE reported Saturday. “Shamarr Allen says the program is working and he’s hoping to turn around some lives.”

“Bring me a gun…I’ll give you a trumpet, no questions asked,” Allen promised on Instagram. And he reportedly got responses “within hours” from “five kids so far and one of them is a little girl.”

“Working with NOPD Superintendent Shaun Ferguson, Allen figured out a safe way to meet with the kids, to get the guns and hand over the trumpets,” the report claims.

It’s nice to see his relationship with law enforcement has improved since the time he was arrested for beating a police officer. But it would also be nice if that “safe way” claim was fleshed out to explain how the transfers will take place.

That’s important to know because anyone the least bit familiar with true gun safety (which has nothing to do with the prohibitions and restrictions those fluent in grabberspeak demand) understands that those unfamiliar with guns shouldn’t be touching them. Superintendent Ferguson should certainly know that and if tragedy results, New Orleans will have no plausible deniability.

After all, the city filed a lawsuit against gun manufacturers in 1998 claiming guns that weren’t “child-proofed” were “unsafe.” Now, with the sanction of its top cop, the city is urging children to handle and transfer the very guns it sought detailed damages over.

The hypocrisy would be stunning were it not so predictably routine.

There are plenty of other questions that have been asked out over the years that aren’t being answered. You’d think at least one DSM “reporter” with the resources to do more than rewriting press releases and parroting narratives would be asking them.

Start off with is how old are the kids?

“It is unlawful for any person who has not attained the age of seventeen years knowingly to possess any handgun on his person. Any person possessing any handgun in violation of this Section commits the offense of illegal possession of a handgun by a juvenile.”

What law allows law enforcement to ignore the law? Or is Ferguson acting without legal authority?

If the gun is found to have been stolen, will it be returned to its rightful owner? Will there be ballistics tests to see if a gun can be matched to a crime? If it can be, particularly to a homicide, will “No questions asked” still apply? And can local police departments honor that commitment for crimes under federal jurisdiction?

Further concerns about such programs are raised in the National Institute of Justice’s “Summary of Select Firearm Violence Prevention Strategies”:

“Evidence: Gun buybacks are ineffective as generally implemented. 1. The buybacks are too small to have an impact. 2. The guns turned in are at low risk of ever being used in a crime. 3. Replacement guns are easily acquired. Unless these three points are overcome, a gun buyback cannot be effective.”

Allen resorts to the old standby “If it saves one life” bit of wishful thinking that gun-grabbers fall back on when trying to justify infringements with emotion instead of logic:

“He says if his idea can turn even one life around and keep one child away from violence, it’s all worth it.”

Let’s hope so. Let’s hope those children lured by the prospect of a free trumpet know to keep their fingers off the triggers, keep the guns pointed in a safe direction and understand that just because a magazine is removed doesn’t mean there’s not a round in the chamber. Because it would be a shame if Allen, Superintendent Ferguson, and all the “do-gooders” donating to the “Trumpet is My Weapon” Go Fund Me appeal shared culpability for a real and entirely preventable tragedy.

About David Codrea:David Codrea

David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating/defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament. He blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” is a regularly featured contributor to Firearms News, and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.

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As a musician, I would never trade my rifle, pistol or knife, for any instrument ever.

Especially considering musicians end up in odd places at odd hours around odd people, with varying amounts of cash. I’ve needed my self defence tools in the past.


Possilbly the dumbest idea in a long list of them.


You talk about being “dirt poor.”
The boy’s father, Ernest Stephens, said Malachi’s mother kicked down his locked bedroom door in Forest Park and found her son lying on the ground.”
Apparently their house has dirt floors.

Get Out

Parents should teach their kids gun safety early. Teach them what to do should they come into contact with a firearm no matter where it came from. We teach our kids how to safely cross the street, vehicle safety, fire safety, stranger danger etc. but not to address gun safety is wrong on so many levels.

This 13 year old was given (traded his iPhone for a handgun) a gun that his friend had taken (Stolen”?) from a neighbors house.


This is the real way to limit deaths from mishandling guns. However, simply teaching about other ways to deal with pain than suicide would be more beneficial.


And I’ll add one more question. Where did the convict get all those trumpets? Has anybody in NOPD checked to see if there’s been a robbery of a music store there lately? 🙂

Ryben Flynn

Oh. A stolen gun. And he is WAS guilty of receiving stolen property. Now the friend is guilty of murder, firearm theft, possession of a handgun by a minor and many other charges.
Darwin Award Winner.


Not if he was actually “Working with NOPD Superintendent Shaun Ferguson” and not just lying. If he really was, then all the liabilities belong to the NOPD. But no worrys, They’ll just pay any damages using taxpayer funds. Easy peasy, lemon squezy.
“It’s NICE to be the king…” Mel Brooks in “History of the World, Part One” 🙂

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As a musician, I also would never trade my rifle, pistol or knife, for any instrument ever. And as a Gun owner, I would never trade my Guitar, Trumpet, or even a Kazoo for any firearm ever.


I cant totally be on board with the second end, I once took a Mossberg as partial payment on a Fender amp.


“I would never trade my Guitar, Trumpet, or even a Kazoo for any firearm ever.”

Yah sure about that? I don’t have an instrument that I wouldn’t be willing to trade for any gun!


I, for one, am not going to give up my natural aw right of self-defense, and my rights under the 2A and 14A, because ghetto parents can’t teach their children firearms safety.


good article david, it demonstrates the abnormal mind set of leftists and their minions. their feelings trump logic and common sense. they, as educators claim education will help these children, but refuse to educate them in the dangers of or the proper and safe handling of firearms. just because you have a bunch of letters after your name doesn’t mean that you have intelligence associated with those letters.


Looks like Black kids’ lives don’t matter, as long as they’re taking one for Team Blue.

uncle dudley

Another stolen gun kills someone just proves that legally possessed firearms wasn’t the cause of a needless death.
The media fails to report if the guns used in shootings were stolen in order to push their anti-gun agenda just look at Chicago.


Why was their son not instructed in the SAFE handling of WEAPONS. There have been heads lopped off with Katana swords, rifles, knives and handguns. Americans of ALL AGES MUST be taught how to handle WEAPONS SAFELY!!!!!


When I was 8, my grandfather taught me how to safely handle and shoot a single shot 22 rifle. The following summer, he taught me how to shoot a single shot .410. The next year, my Dad and Grandfather took me hunting for the first time. I had great teachers.


1MOA2Day – Exactly as in my case. I grew up learning to shoot my Dad’s Marlin Model 88 .22 rifle, (which I wish I still had), then his Remington Model 11 12ga Shotgun. As you said, we had great teachers.


Ain’t none of deez hoodrats seen a male role model in their home for more than a couple of days.
♪ ♬♪♫ Poppa was a rollin’ stone
he hung out at the Booty Clappin Contest winner’s home ♪♫


Give teens firearms safety training, show them the right way to use firearms and no need to ‘play’ with them.


Better yet, get them airsoft. Lots of fun to shoot each other with that.


IF the gun bing traded for a trumpet is stolen? Whaddya mean IF??!?? WHERE else a punk kid gonna get a gun to turn in for a horn? And no, its very unlikely anyone will runa trace and see if its stolen, crime linked, etc. It was not made clea,r but is the collector of these trumpet guns gonna keep them himself, resell them to buymore pawnship horns, or turn them over to his pal in the police department? What’s the colector gonna do when some kid’s Dad figures out his handgun has gone missing, starts probiing his kid, and… Read more »


Not meaning to stereotype but I’m sure this cannot be exclusively a one sided issue. Children, especially young boys are almost instinctively attracted to guns, I know I was and many of my friends were too. The biggest factor of us not shooting ourselves was firearms training. Hollywood’s biggest co-stars are guns and video games aren’t exactly passive when it comes to glorifying guns. It’s no wonder that there’s nothing like the real thing. But without proper instruction, it’s a guaranteed recipe for tragedy.


“Gun ownership (both legal and illegal) will grow, not decline. There will be more accidental gun deaths, as gun ownership increases among those who are not well-trained. Respect for the rule of law and government will decline, as equality under the law declines, and government becomes even more ineffective.”
Richard W. Rahn
Washington Times July 20, 2020

a.x. perez

I have a problem with “buy backs” or trade ins Like this leading to guns being stolen or turned in by one spouse against the other’s wishes. I think that people responsible for such should be hit with penalties for suborning theft (both criminal and civil) and as correspondents in ensuing divorces with a minimum liability of ten million dollars to each partner.