On the anniversary of the Sandy Hook shootings, the town of Greenwich, Connecticut played host to the saddest little gun turn-in in the history of the world ever. The residents of the wealthiest per-capita town in the United States (pop. 62,000) surrendered a grand total of five rifles and one handgun to be destroyed by the Connecticut State Police . . .
The Greenwich Time, stretching journalistic descriptive license beyond any recognizable limits, called it “quite a haul” of firearms. They were even more proud that another five rifles (whoa Nelly!) were turned in prior to last Saturday’s event, bringing the ‘grand’ total to eleven unspecified guns. Also not specified: the amount of money and police time wasted by the Greenwich Police Department in hosting this pitiful charade.
Eleven firearms is “quite a haul?” Eleven guns in one day would be quite a haul, if you or I had bought them in one day at a really awesome gun show. But for a anyone trying to make a show of ‘getting guns off the street’ I can’t imagine a more pathetic response.
The day wasn’t a complete bust, however. Also surrendered were a wheelbarrow full of ‘truncheons’, hatchets, machetes and pocketknives. And a fencing epee. Most of these non-firearms were turned in by an elderly woman whose late husband had been a knife collector, and who didn’t want them around the house.
A thousand rounds of ammo were also turned in last Saturday. These were promptly taken to the Greenwich police firing range for ‘destruction,’ presumably by shooting them.
The firearms will be destroyed by the Connecticut State Police, but the destruction of the other turn-ins was left up to the Greenwich PD. If there are any Benchmades or Al Mars in that wheelbarrow, is it be too cynical to speculate that some of them might find their way into a policeman’s pocket instead of the incinerator?