Here’s a notion:
What if a private organization with an official sounding name like “the Springfield Coalition to reduce Gun Violence” or “The Green County Sheriff’s Support Squad” and a careful firearms dealer advertised and held a “gun buyback” offering “up to $1000” for firearms, “no questions asked.”
Then, photograph everyone, ask for photocopies of their drivers licenses, note serial numbers, and offer them a trade-in price for their guns.
You might not cut many deals, but you’d scare the crap out of criminals, and undercut the attractiveness of these events, especially if they became common.
The left does fake political theater crap like this all the time. Why can’t we?
Get some cash and intercept buyers. You know you can turn it over anytime you want. Nobody here is stupid enough to sell at those prices. I guess that’s why we didn’t vote for Odouchema.
Any trustworthy stats on how/if these gun buyback programs actually reduce gun violence? Or do the “media” use any down-turn in crime, even crimes that would not normally be committed without a gun (like, say, a burglary or a domestic “dispute”/fight), as “proof” that buyback programs work?
This is horrible news; those of us along the frontier of the Newark Welfare Reservation/Food Desert are now going to have the raiding parties looking for guns to sell (in addition to the jewelry and GPS units they’ve been pillaging).
Guns play too important a role in the drug trade for these programs to have any real impact; these programs weren’t even necessary in NJ until they stopped the police from intercepting the drugs and guns on the NJ Turnpike. Rather than risk their livelihoods and pensions, the police stood down; black-on-black violence has never been worse ever since. Pyhrric victory...
People should go out and pick up a bunch of Hi-Point C9s for $150-175 and make some money at the next buy back.
Capitalism hoo rah!
Go to a sporting goods store and buy out all their $150 shotguns and them take them to the sale and get $250 each for them. Then take the profit and buy an AR-15.
So ever wonder how many gang bangers are turning in POS guns in order to get money to by a better piece?
Gun buybacks are boob bait for bubbas and accomplish nothing. They're also great ways to dispose of stolen property and guns used in crimes (including murders). Typically, none of these cities run the serial numbers to return stolen property or find crime guns and no records are kept of the sellers. What a great idea! Organized crime at its best under the guise of law.
Cash for Clunkers redux...