TTAG has been highlighting the futility of so-called “buy-backs” since ever. Not only do gun buybacks have no appreciable impact on firearms-related crime, the practice panders to and promotes the gun control gestalt (i.e., guns are the problem). Not to mention the fact that gun buybacks create a black market for stolen firearms and destroy valuable evidence of crimes. Oh, and the hypocrisy of anti-gun politicians proclaiming that they’re “doing something” about “gun violence” by subsidizing gun buybacks with taxpayer money is extremely galling. By now, though, there are plenty of people who see that the emperor has no clothes. Does that deter the anti-gunners from their buyback jihad? It does not. To wit this via fayobserver.com . . .
No one wants to see another shooting death. The gun buyback offers a worthwhile attempt to rein in violence. But that potential is limited.
The guns collected in Winston-Salem represent a small percentage of the arms on the streets. The city’s assistant police chief, Bryan Blakely, talks less about arms reduction and more about bringing “awareness to the fact that gun violence is everywhere, and we are trying to reduce it.” He says he can’t quantify their success.
Many submitted guns came from law-abiding people interested in the rewards. Since police check serial numbers for stolen weapons and use in previous crimes, crooks could be gun-shy.
Despite these reservations, a well-administered program with community support can have a positive effect.
Hmmm. According to the Winston-Salem police gun buyback website, people bringing in guns will have to give their name. Will they have to show ID? Doesn’t seem so. So even though the police will check guns to see if they were used in a crime, the weapons can’t be tied to, uh, anyone.
Anyway, the majority of the guns turned in will probably be the same broken-ass crap that shows up at gun buybacks around the country.