Skip to comments.Buy back guns, boost the economy
Posted on 12/18/2012 3:55:08 PM PST by MinorityRepublican
Everyone knows we need to reduce gun violence in America. Everyone knows we still need to boost the economy, too. Usually these goals are debated in completely different policy silos. But what if there was a way to boost the economy and shrink gun violence? Wouldnt that be the holy grail at this hour? Might that not answer the presidents call for new ideas?
Allow me to propose a massive, debt-financed gun buyback program.
Heres the case for it. Critics of fresh gun-safety measures argue that laws pushed at moments like this wont make a dent in gun violence. Banning assault weapons, limiting magazine capacity or closing background-check loopholes, were told, do nothing about the estimated 250 million guns already in private hands.
The gun lobby is surely wrong to suggest that the measures above wont save some lives. If Aurora shooter James Holmes hadnt had an assault rifle and high-capacity clips, for example, far fewer people than 70 would have been killed or injured that awful night.
But the gun lobby is right about the existing stock of weapons. The 12,000 Americans murdered with guns every year are killed with guns already out there.
The right response isnt to shrug and say were powerless. If were serious, we need to think bigger. A gun buyback program could be the way.
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...
Once we hit 500 guns per 100 people, I’ll feel a bit better.
I agree that we need to help boost the economy.
I’ll try to do my part: For 2013, I’ll make a commitment to locate and purchase a vintage Colt lightweight Commander chambered in .45 ACP.
Yes it would be like the government to offer you $200 for your personal liberty and freedom.
Here is the unspoken part of the equation.
The government buys the gun from you for $50
They sell it to a Mexican drug cartel for $500
They claim the profit
You then can’t defend yourself from the criminals
You are one less person they have to pay out social security to
I’d just like to be able to afford a Marlin Model 60. First wife forced me to sell that and my shotgun.
I see the Washington Post is now hiring brain surgeons...
Yes, taking away the rights of 300 million people MAY save SOME lives, but doing away with “gun free zones” will definitely save far more.
you first, matt...tell us how it goes fo ya....
Anyone that gives away their gun should put a nice big sign in front of their house saying “This house is no longer armed, robbers welcome, but please wipe your feet before you enter”
This is a twofer idiot. This kind of defict spending will not boost the economy. Never has never will.
Buying back guns, even if 90% of the gun owners sold their guns, which is a huge amount; this would still leave 10%
of the gun owners armed and dangerous. Unilateral disarming does not work. look at the cold war for instance. leaving us once again only with the criminals and the Government (which is the real reason) with guns. citizens are now defensless and easy pickins for either of these two immoral groups.
Yes, at least two. He's proposing borrowing money to buy something that will presumably be destroyed. How does that boost the economy? Libs are fools.
I have a Marlin Model 60, nice gun, easy to maintain.
I had on for many years until my first wife said “we need to sell these guns with kids in the house” and I took a bath on them at a pawn shop. One of these days I’ll be able to afford another one.
Use my tax money, stolen from me, to buy back my guns, while pointing government guns at me, also paid for by my tax money...
And this is supposed to boost the economy?
This is criminally stupid.
Here’s a great idea to reduce traffic fatalities - let’s have a car buyback program to get all of those murderous vehicles off of the road.
And we could ban any vehicle capable of speeds over 15 MPH, except for emergency vehicles! It would prevent most accidents which cause injuries or deaths, and save tens of thousands of lives every year - if we didn't all starve to death, waiting for rotting food to be delivered at our local grocery stores...
LOL. $500 a gun is “overpaying”? Maybe for Hi-Points, but any AK or AR-pattern “assault weapon” of the type that makes the author wet his panties is worth more than that, and in many cases quite a bit more. To say nothing of the fact that if they’re not available for sale anymore, most owners wouldn’t sell them at any price.
My two-part plan: first, eliminate “gun-free” victim disarmament zones. Offer to pay for specialized training for any teachers or school employees who want to carry to maximize their safety and effectiveness in an emergency. This could be done in a matter of weeks at a cost of virtually nothing. Second, reform mental health laws so that those few individuals who are obviously seriously disturbed and prone to violence (like every single mass shooter I can think of) can be locked up before they commit mass murder. This will take longer and cost more but will virtually eliminate this type of heinous crime.
The government should buy back the printing presses from propagandists and scandal sheet mongers, thus saving valuable natural resources. Trees.
Yep. These idiots don’t see it.
Seriously disturbed as in not believing the approved government and societal ideology? Do you think the government will always use such authority wisely?
How many odd or depressed people do you think we would need to lock up to "virtually eliminate" such killings. Hundreds of thousands? Millions? More?
In hindsight such people are always easily identifiable, because we tune out the 99.9999% false positives. Are we really going to lock up all those false positives who haven't committed a crime or hurt anyone? On what constitutional basis?
We're opposed to Obamacare, but we're going to turn over this much greater power to the least scientific branch of medicine?
Boost the economy?
I could pretty much throw a rock and hit Smith and Wesson, and almost hit Savage.....
Not gonna help my economy.