A recent gun turn-in event at a church in Dallas shows how effective private purchasers can be at neutralizing the “guns are bad” meme. From the story:
“Now there’s 15 less chances there’s a tragedy, and we’re glad for that,” said the Rev. Bruce Buchanan, an associate pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Dallas, which has The Stewpot ministry.
This is the usual theme of gun turn-in programs. Guns are bad and should be destroyed. However, as is happening all over the country, in the vast majority of states where private sales are not infringed by law, there were private purchasers who brought the opposite message to the attention of readers . . .
As the church worked to buy guns so they could be destroyed, members of the Come and Take It Texas gun-rights group tried to buy firearms at the same site — so they could be put back into circulation.
The group said it bought four or five guns in its effort to supply firearms to the Safe Mother program, geared toward training women in need to use handguns for self-defense.
I find the reference to arming poor mothers for self defense to be particularly effective. While not a direct reference to the Armed Citizens Project, it seems they share the same goal: arm citizens, reduced crime.
These boondoggles are net losers for those who wish to disarm the general population, and they know it. Now, as a seattlepi.com article reveals, their desperate attempts to conceal that fact will cost the city of Seattle $38,000. Here’s examiner.com’s description of one of the emails (this one from Washington CeaseFire’s Ralph Fascitelli to a member of Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn’s staff) that the city was so shy about revealing:
“I wish you guys would … have talked to us/CeaseFire about this before moving forward. The overwhelming research shows that buybacks generally don’t work well and are a waste of resources and are mocked by the NRA.
“We will be lucky to get a few thousand or more guns back,” Fascitelli cautioned, “many of which don’t work too well in a country where there are almost 2 million guns.” Fascitelli also reportedly criticized buyback supporters for doing “kneejerk standalone stuff.”
Of course, this doesn’t stop the anti-freedom activists from holding turn-in events in states where private sales are restricted such as the recent one in California that netted an an STG-44. It’s just another reason to oppose the road to registration that anti-freedom activists like to call “universal background checks“.
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