It takes no great leap of logic to see that “gun buybacks” create a market for stolen firearms. When authorities offer the general public an opportunity to exchange firearms for cash on a “no questions asked” basis, they eliminate the risk of a criminal transaction. At that point, it’s only a matter of economics. Are the po-po offering more money than the street price for a functional firearm? Sorry, functional or non-functional firearm? So how much does a refurbished laptop go for these days? ‘Cause . . .
With all of the gun violence in Baltimore, one group is trading guns for laptop computers.
The program allows people to bring a gun – no questions asked – Saturday, July 13th, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Cultural Arts Center on Howard Street. In exchange, a family can receive one of 150 refurbished laptop computers.
The effort is being made by Digit All Systems [auto-plays porn music]. It is hoped that the effort will get guns off the streets.
Once again, the media (wbal.com) unconsciously and unquestioningly promotes the idea that guns are inherently, profoundly, unavoidably “bad.” Guns on the streets! Quick! Everyone! Indoors! There’s no telling what those guns might do!
Truth be told, a civilized society wants guns on the street. As John Lott proved in More Guns Less Crime, our streets are safer when law-abiding citizens exercise their natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms.
“We just want to give them access and training, so we’re going to give the free training. We do certifications as computer techs and ethical hackers — jobs that are in high demand — so when you trade one thing for another, it’s a good education for a street life,” said Digit All Systems spokesman Lance Lucas.
Wait. What? Did Lance just say that computer techs and “ethical hackers” are good preparation for “street life”? Street life as in drug dealing and gang banging? I mean, aren’t proper tech jobs desk jobs? I must have read that wrong.
Here’s an idea: how about recycling those guns for law-abiding citizens and teaching them how to use them for armed self-defense? You could even do most of the training on a refurbished laptop.
The mayor [who shall remain nameless] is hoping the program will help get guns off the streets.
“Education has been a proven key indicator of change for communities torn by violence, and we’re asking people to surrender violence as they surrender their firearms for an opportunity at a more positive future,” she said.
I hereby surrender my broken-ass gun and pledge not to do violence to anyone, including people who attack me with firearms that they won’t surrender because they want to be able to do violence to me, my family and/or members of my community. So help me God. No really. Help me God. ‘Cause I can’t help myself.