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Buy back guns, boost the economy
The Washington Post ^ | December 18, 2012 | Matt Miller

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? Wouldn’t that be the holy grail at this hour? Might that not answer the president’s call for new ideas?

Allow me to propose a massive, debt-financed gun buyback program.

Here’s the case for it. Critics of fresh gun-safety measures argue that laws pushed at moments like this won’t make a dent in gun violence. Banning assault weapons, limiting magazine capacity or closing background-check loopholes, we’re 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 won’t save some lives. If Aurora shooter James Holmes hadn’t 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 isn’t to shrug and say we’re powerless. If we’re serious, we need to think bigger. A gun buyback program could be the way.

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KEYWORDS: banglist; guncontrol; secondamendment

1 posted on 12/18/2012 3:55:13 PM PST by MinorityRepublican
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2 posted on 12/18/2012 3:56:50 PM PST by MinorityRepublican
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MY GUNS ARE NOT FOR SALE.


3 posted on 12/18/2012 4:00:35 PM PST by Delta 21 (Oh Crap !! Did I say that out loud ??!??)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Once we hit 500 guns per 100 people, I’ll feel a bit better.


4 posted on 12/18/2012 4:01:13 PM PST by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: MinorityRepublican

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.


5 posted on 12/18/2012 4:02:41 PM PST by 04-Bravo
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To: MinorityRepublican

Yes it would be like the government to offer you $200 for your personal liberty and freedom.


6 posted on 12/18/2012 4:03:47 PM PST by samadams2000
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To: Delta 21
If Aurora shooter James Holmes hadn’t had an assault rifle and high-capacity clips, for example, far fewer people than 70 would have been killed or injured that awful night.

Journalists and liberals really do lack basic critical thinking skills. Seung-Hui Cho had a two pistols, one of them a .22, not an "assault rifle" in sight, and he killed more people.
7 posted on 12/18/2012 4:07:11 PM PST by hemogoblin
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To: MinorityRepublican

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


8 posted on 12/18/2012 4:10:50 PM PST by mnehring
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To: 04-Bravo; MinorityRepublican

I’d just like to be able to afford a Marlin Model 60. First wife forced me to sell that and my shotgun.


9 posted on 12/18/2012 4:10:54 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: MinorityRepublican

I see the Washington Post is now hiring brain surgeons...


10 posted on 12/18/2012 4:12:09 PM PST by avacado
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To: MinorityRepublican

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.


11 posted on 12/18/2012 4:16:57 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Why is the government more concerned about protecting a microbe on Mars than an unborn baby here?)
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you first, matt...tell us how it goes fo ya....


12 posted on 12/18/2012 4:25:15 PM PST by Adder (No, Mr. Franklin, we could NOT keep it.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

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”


13 posted on 12/18/2012 4:31:28 PM PST by Sarah Barracuda
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To: MinorityRepublican

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.


14 posted on 12/18/2012 4:45:48 PM PST by dirtymac (Now is the for all good men to come to the aid of their country.)
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To: dirtymac
This is a twofer idiot.

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.

15 posted on 12/18/2012 5:11:35 PM PST by matt1234
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I have a Marlin Model 60, nice gun, easy to maintain.


16 posted on 12/18/2012 5:57:39 PM PST by Nowhere Man (I miss you Whitey! (4-15-2001 - 10-12-2012). Take care, pretty girl!)
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To: Nowhere Man

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.


17 posted on 12/18/2012 6:06:29 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: MinorityRepublican

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.


18 posted on 12/18/2012 6:21:55 PM PST by Dead Corpse (I will not comply.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

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.


19 posted on 12/18/2012 6:22:20 PM PST by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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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...

20 posted on 12/18/2012 6:48:36 PM PST by Who is John Galt? ("We are not insensible that when liberty is in danger, the liberty of complaining is dangerous...")
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To: MinorityRepublican

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.


21 posted on 12/18/2012 8:04:06 PM PST by Turbopilot (iumop ap!sdn w,I 'aw dlaH)
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"Allow me to propose a massive, debt-financed gun buyback program."

The anti-Second-Amendment freaks are surely insane. Apparently, the author wants a government default conclusion, austerity measures and much smaller government to follow. Then, no more funding or government time for anti-Second-Amendment putsches.


22 posted on 12/18/2012 9:24:33 PM PST by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

The government should buy back the printing presses from propagandists and scandal sheet mongers, thus saving valuable natural resources. Trees.


23 posted on 12/19/2012 3:01:07 AM PST by metalurgist ( Want your country back? It'll take guns and rope. Marxists won't give up peaceably.)
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To: familyop

Yep. These idiots don’t see it.


24 posted on 12/19/2012 3:08:04 AM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: Turbopilot
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.

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?

25 posted on 12/26/2012 5:26:43 AM PST by Sherman Logan
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Boost the economy?

I could pretty much throw a rock and hit Smith and Wesson, and almost hit Savage.....

Not gonna help my economy.


26 posted on 12/26/2012 5:28:59 AM PST by Vermont Lt (We are so screwed.)
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