Skip to comments.WA:KIRO investigation may show Seattle buyback was all Hollywood
Posted on 02/07/2013 4:34:07 AM PST by marktwain
Seattles KIRO news is advertising a report to air Thursday during the 5 p.m. broadcast that seems to suggest the recent gun buyback may have been all flash and no substance; in the vernacular it was all Hollywood.
The promotional for this report features Alex Tabbarok, identified as a gun buyback expert, observing that People who want guns for crime, theyre not going to give up their tools. It is essentially the same argument posed by this column during the recent Seattle channel broadcast of Jan. 25 with former Seattle Mayor Wes Uhlman.
The report, by veteran KIRO reporter Amy Clancy, looks promising on a number of fronts, not the least of which is the most obvious: A major Northwest broadcast news outlet presenting a factual assessment of the promise versus the reality of these buyback enterprises.
Says the promo: When KIRO starts digging, it sure looks like it was all for show.
Thursdays report certainly capitalizes on the current hot topic of gun rights versus gun prohibition, but its not KIROs first foray into the subject. Last October, the CBS affiliate also did an exhaustive investigation of where the states most and least concealed pistol license holders may be found. Its certainly not in Seattle.
(Excerpt) Read more at examiner.com ...
Practical effects: To defraud ignorant gun owners of valuable property; to waste police resources; to destroy valuable assets; and to increase the demand for new guns by decreasing the supply of used guns.
Here’s the deal. If you own an old firearm with issues, and repairs would be over $150....and your community offers a buy-back deal...take the deal and accept it unless this is a highly valued weapon of great value.
Every community has thousands of weapons in lousy shape, which ought not ever be fired again, for any reason. Lousy maintenance or lousy manufacture....it doesn’t matter. That’s the only way that buy-back makes any sense. Otherwise, you are an idiot for playing the game.
I’d even take this humble guess...out of 300 million weapons in the US....at least ten percent are in bad condition and ought to be retired and never shot again. When Grandpa left that rifle in the basement for thirty years untouched...that was a bad thing.
Anyone remember seeing that somewhere?
>> When Grandpa left that rifle in the basement for thirty years untouched...
They had an ammunition panic back in Grandpa’s day also? :-)
I posted this yesterday. Thought that it was relevant to your comments, though, especially the "press coverage". :-)
So.....I know a guy who look advantage of one of these "Anonymous buybacks". He had an old 8mm Mauser - said that the receiver tended to fail under modern loads, he wouldn't shoot it, and he didn't feel right just "unloading" (pardon the pun) it on someone.
Anyhoo, guy goes to the ANONYMOUS buyback. Police Dept gives him a lengthy form to fill out. "No, do you want this or not?", approximately, was the guy's reaction.
Additionally, there was a TV film crew there. They wanted permission to film him "handing over the guns". His reaction to the newsweasels can't be put on FR.
So much for anonymity. As an aside, he said that he was yakking with the local chief of police and only seven (7) people had bothered to show up for the buyback, and it was pretty late in the day. However, that didn't prevent the news from covering it like it was the Super Bowl....they just neglected to mention the turnout.
Participating in a gun buy back is like having yourself castrated because you believe that the neighbors have too many kids.