Gun buybacks are ridiculous. There’s no proof whatsoever that buying unloved, unwanted and broken-ass guns from the general public—with “no questions asked” immunity from even the most heinous offenses—does anything whatsoever to reduce crime. None. But gun buybacks certainly prove that gun control theater is more important than practical measures when it comes to maintaining political power for left-leaning “leaders.” For example, “NY State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced a series of state-sponsored gun buyback programs on Saturday,” syracuse.com reports. “In a news release, Schneiderman said . . .
By encouraging gun owners to turn in their weapons through our cash-for-guns program, we’re removing deadly firearms from locations where they can be stolen or otherwise misused, keeping them out of the wrong hands.
Can be. Not are. ‘Cause we’re guessing here. No stats available. And certainlyno cost/benefit comparison to other approaches to reducing “gun violence” like, I dunno, eliminating plea bargaining for those times when “the wrong hands” use a firearm to injure another citizen. Nope. That’s not “common sense” gun control.
Popular as they are, buybacks ain’t cheap.
The state has committed $100,000 statewide to the effort, and compensation will be given in the form of pre-loaded debit cards.
Schneiderman’s mob’s digging into the taxpayers’ pockets (again, still) to fork-out $100 for assault weapons, $75 for handguns, $50 for rifles and shotguns, and $25 for antique and non-working firearms. That’s an average of $62.50 per gun. So 1600 guns later, the money’s gone.
We don’t know how many guns were collected in Rochester, the site of the first gun buyback in the initiative. But we know that Schneiderman’s broken-ass gun roadshow now moves to Binghamton, Poughkeepsie, Utica, Yonkers, and the Buffalo suburb of Cheektowaga. Bottom line: the Empire State’s gun taxpayer-funded gun buyback fund covers just 266 guns per event.
What’s the bet that the $100k is only part of the State’s financial commitment to gun buybacks? Well, we know that’s true, because these numbers never include police overtime or the cost of adding to their pensionable hours. That tally could add the same again to the tab. And there’s no way Schneiderman’s gonna stop an event because the state ran out of cash. Ain’t gonna happen.
And for what is all this money (time and effort) poured down a hole? To vilify firearms, so politicians and police can claim they’re “doing something” about “gun violence” at the same time New York’s SAFE Act is disarming law-abiding New Yorkers (requiring gun registration and restricting residents to seven rounds per loaded gun for self-defense and defense of their loved ones). How great is that?