Gun buybacks are sad affairs for most people. They’re sad for the bored police officers who have to staff them, unless they get to cherry-pick the guns they want to keep for themselves, and they’re sad for deluded utopians who have convinced themselves that melting down replica 2-band muskets will prevent gang-bangers from killing each other on Oakland’s mean streets. Now a Bay Area anti-gun group is the latest to join the pity party, because their crowdfunding outreach hasn’t even raised half they money they need for a December 14th buyback in San Jose . . .
‘Gunbygun’ launched a gun buyback crowdfunding campaign with the goal of raising $10,000 by December 10th. But according to the San Jose Mercury News, the group had raised less than $4,400 from its shallow pool of even shallower-pocketed do-gooders. Gunbygun has seen declining donations since boasting to Al Jazeera America that it raised more than $14,500 for its first buyback in August.
Opportunistic politicians don’t mind sad gun buybacks, though: the Santa Clara County DA’s office is planning to throw public money down the toilet to bail out ‘Gunbygun’ to the tune of $10,000. The only other people who seem to enjoy gun buybacks are the shrewd gun guys who know that buybacks are the only place to sell a rusted J.C. Higgins bolt-action for $100, or the gun guys who stand outside the buyback (where allowed by law) rescuing unwanted guns at bargain prices.