“Former ATF Assistant Director Bouchard says crooks have easy access to cheap stolen guns on the street,” abc.com reported back in January. “‘If you talk to any criminal, they can find a gun within an hour or two. Cheaper guns that were stolen can be sold for $50. On the street, a typical good handgun will run you $200 to $300,’ Bouchard said.” The problem with that deal: the transaction is illegal. A bad guy can go to jail for that sort of thing. Enter the Boston Police . . .
The first week of Boston’s gun buyback program has led to the recovery of 136 firearms, including 129 pistols, the type of firearms most likely to be used in a crime, police said.
Police Sergeant Michael McCarthy said the guns have been handed over to police in nearly every neighborhood, by people of a wide variety of ages.
“We have had just about every type of community member bringing them in,’’ said McCarthy. “Including gang bangers, drug addicts, thugs and other forms of low-life looking to make a quick, no-questions-asked buck.”
Just kidding (a little April Fool’s levity). The second part of McCarthy’s quote: “And in just about every location, we had somebody turning one in.’’ Provided the target market [see: above] can read, bostonglobe.com provides the deets . . .
Under the [$125,000] Piece for Peace program, people are allowed to turn in the firearms to police anonymously at drop-off points around the city in return for a $200 Visa cash card. McCarthy said that each of the 136 weapons surrendered was tested and was proven to be an operating firearm.
Under the buyback rules, the weapons are tested against ballistic evidence collected at other crime scenes and if there is a match, police will launch an investigation. McCarthy said about a third of the recovered firearms have been tested so far and none of those have been matched to existing forensic evidence.
The cops will launch an investigation! But they won’t know who turned-in the gun. That makes sense. Well, OK, it doesn’t. Nor does it make sense for the Boston Police Athletic League, the City of Boston Credit Union and the Boston Police Runners Club to match or beat the street price for stolen guns, encouraging criminals to steal guns for a fast, no-hassle sale to The Man.
Oh, and I wonder if the cops in the photo above are on the clock. In fact, how much police time (which increases police pensions) is the program sucking-up? Bueller? Bueller?