Gun buybacks are nothing more than feel-good kabuki theater that let left-leaning pols and their pals pretend they’re doing something about “gun violence.” It’s a ridiculous waste of time and resources that promotes the gun grabbing gestalt (i.e. guns are bad). Even usatoday.com is starting to see sense on this silliness. These days, private buyers latch onto gun buybacks like pilot fish shadowing sharks. Which annoys civilian disarmament cheerleaders no end. Police Gun Buyback program a success despite competition cleveland.com petulantly proclaims—as if people who rescue guns from the smelter are hampering high-minded efforts to destroy them. Cleveland Police Chief Michael McGrath gave voice to the sentiment . . .
Here we are trying to save lives, and they’re right in our face, trying to buy guns cheap so they can sell them for a profit.
Huh? What about this then?
Anyone turning in a working handgun received a $100 gift card for gas from Shell; food from Dave’s or merchandise from Target. They also were given two tickets to a Cavaliers and Lake Erie Monsters game. Semi-automatic rifles were worth $200 in gifts. Participants also were entered in a raffle to win up to $1,000.
I reckon people turning in guns are motivated by profit as well. Would there be a line of people with broken-ass firearms waiting for their suck on the taxpayer tit if they weren’t? In fact, given the program’s standard-issue “no questions asked” policy for contributors to the cause, it’s entirely possible someone bought/stole a gun for “free” tickets to a Cavs game.
Who’s the evil gun buyer now, eh Mr. Bond? Who’s enabling the evil gun buyer? And here’s a twist on the “if it saves one child meme” (e.g., “‘I know we saved at least one person’s life today,’ said Morris, a police spokesperson”):
In some cases, police said, it means saving people from hurting themselves.
An officer brought over a bullet that had been lodged in the barrel of a gun that was handed in. He said if the owner had fired the weapon, it would have blown up in his face.
Would or could? Fear and greed for fun and profit. Your tax money hard at work. Or not.