Skip to comments.Gun ‘Buybacks’ Endanger Citizens, Help Crooks and Crooked Officials
Posted on 11/01/2012 4:14:52 AM PDT by marktwain
USA --(Ammoland.com)- Forget that the city of Haverhill, MA never owned the guns in the first place, so the concept of conducting a buyback is a fraud right from the start. The entire business of encouraging citizens to turn in guns for gift cards (again a misnomer, since its an exchange, not a present) endangers participants and can actually enable criminals.
The idea is to cut down on the amount of potential guns that could be stolen during house breaks, the mayor is quoted as saying. If someone were breaking into their house, would the people hes appealing to not wish to have the means to protect themselves and their loved ones? Would Hizzoner?
Its true that those who have no desire to get the right training to be able to safely own a gun have the right to just get rid of the thing, whether the decision to forgo an effective tool for self-defense is a prudent one or not. But those are the very people who should not be handling a gun, let alone transporting it to a turn-in locationwithout adequate instruction on how to safely do both, theyre endangering not only themselves but everyone around them, and breaking state law to boot.
Its also true that no questions asked is an incentive for people in possession of stolen guns to get rewarded for their crimes, and with considerably less risk than dealing with dangerous underworld purchasers. Its also a great way to get rid of a murder weapon, with guaranteed immunity. Another possibilityand Im waiting for some savvy criminal to try this one outis if theyre arrested for illegal possession on the day a buyback is taking place to claim they were transporting it to the turn-in, that no training was provided on lawful transport, and they were promised no questions would be asked.
Meanwhile, the predatory criminals responsible for the violence will remain armed to the teeth, and ambitious politicians and in-their-pocket police chiefs, who are utterly powerless to do anything about that, will continue going after the law-abiding, and doing their utmost to render them powerless to fight back. And when another hapless constituent predictably becomes a victim, theyll play it up for all its worth to justify their insatiable quest for yet more control and yet more power
More Buyback Insanity:
* Toy buyback shows utter incompetence of gungrabbers at reducing violence
* Jersey City gun buyback illustrates character of characters behind it
* Gun buyback minister charged with kidnapping, assault
About David Codrea:
David Codrea is a long-time gun rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament. He is a field editor for GUNS Magazine, and a blogger at The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance. Read more at www.DavidCodrea.com.
CJ studies have shown that these programs never work in reducing or preventing crime...they are a failure - it makes for a cozy MSM story...but that’s about it...
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.