The Omaha, Nebraska Police Department held a ‘Gun Amnesty Day’ on Saturday, inviting residents to drop off their unwanted and/or illegal guns and ammunition for destruction. As is usually the case with these taxpayer subsidized dog and pony shows, the OPD’s event was done on a no-questions-asked basis. Twenty-one guns were collected, along with two reportedly live items of explosive military ordnance . . .
Despite the pitiful turnout, er, turn-in, the Omaha PD was immediate and effusive in its effusive self-congratulations. OPD Sgt. Matt Manhart told WOWT that”Any time we can get a firearm or handgun or any type of a gun off the streets, it’s going to make the neighborhood and the city a lot more safe.”
In this sentiment, Sgt. Manhart may be a tiny bit correct. Taking our SWAT teams’ fully-automatic M4s and MP5s and MRAPs off the street would make our nation safer, because these measures would roll back the dangerous militarization of America’s police forces. Safe cities need constables and gendarmes, not garrison troops. Think Sheriff Andy Taylor, not Detective Vic Mackey.
And getting the guns of officers like disgraced (yet reinstated) officer Derek Carlile off the streets certainly would make us all safer, by rolling back the unfettered power of police unions to protect incompetent, brutal and dishonest cops.
But this isn’t what Sgt. Manhart is talking about. He’s a cop, so he’s not talking about getting their guns off the streets. He’s talking about taking your guns and my guns off the street. And this is where he’s dead wrong.
Taking our guns ‘off the street’ won’t make my city safer, because it will only embolden the vicious and the insane who would seek to victimize us.
So this sad little ‘turn in’ took 21 guns off the street, but most of them were superannuated pieces of junk. And in doing so, it destroyed the evidence of 21 possible felonies. The bad guys who just disappeared their crime guns ‘with no questions asked’ are laughing themselves silly over this.