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Gun Buybacks Exposed. Finally.

We’ve been saying it since the site began: gun buybacks do nothing to reduce crime and everything to waste time and taxpayer’s money. (Note: even when companies foot the bill for gun buybacks the public pays the police to administer them.) This is the first TV report I’ve seen that calls gun buybacks what they are: security theater. As such, it is welcome. Here’s hoping iTeams across the country take their cue from Tampa. And that I get a call from Elin Grindemyr. Still, the age of miracles is not yet passed (and the phone line is open). Make the jump for another TV report that looks at a Washington state gun buyback and asks the obvious question: WTF? . . .


  1. avatar Splashman says:

    And that my daughter gets a unicorn for her birthday.

  2. avatar Jan says:

    Hopefully the public will finally realize what we here have known all along. Now if we can just break the false security of gun control.

  3. avatar APBTFan says:

    I’m sure the general public sees these buybacks for exactly what they are – quick cash. So many of what they bring are either rusted up pieces of crap or the type of firearm criminals don’t even want. What self-respecting street hood wants a single-shot anything? “Economic Stimulus” is the most appropriate label for these shenanigans.

    1. I have a friend that was planing on turning two non functioning revolvers with the hopes to get enough money to buy a semi-auto. What a joke this buy back was.
      From Tampa

      1. avatar APBTFan says:

        They didn’t take his revolvers?

  4. avatar Lance says:

    Some fair reporting give them a pat thanks better than the total propaganda I get on local news here.

    1. avatar mountocean says:

      Fair reporting is entirely virtuous, I agree.
      But how about the FLARE reporting when the Indian (subcontinent) anchor came up for the double tap, only to scoff at the quantity of BB guns they bought back I wanted to stand up and cheer.

  5. avatar Goldenboy says:

    If it saves just one child from shooting his eye out with a BB gun, it was worth it.

    1. avatar CA_Chris says:

      Maybe our overpopulated world doesn’t need kids that are dumb and unsupervised enough to shoot an eye out. Yes, of course I wouldn’t say that if it were my kid, but then again my kid would know have a more responsible parent…

      1. avatar Splashman says:

        Um, might want to return that sarc detector for one that actually works.

  6. avatar Daniel Silverman says:

    Well it is about time!
    Good to see some people are starting to get it.

  7. avatar Nick says:

    So many works of art being senselessly destroyed.

    1. avatar APBTFan says:

      Much agreed. Especially the old heirlooms from gramps or great gramps that have sat in the closet for so many years.

    2. avatar Griff says:

      How great would it be to set up a table in the same parking lot with a sign that says ‘I’ll pay you more than they will!’?
      A couple of stacks of twenties and you could take home quite a few new toys.

      1. avatar Swarf says:

        Which is exactly what people did here in Seattle.

        Unfortunately I had to work that day.

  8. avatar Logan P says:

    We’ll see how many deaf ears this falls on, and how many others forget these facts inside a week or less.

  9. avatar Cameron S. says:

    Gun Buyback: When one gets their firearm out of pawn.

    That’s the only definition that should exist.

  10. avatar TangledThorns says:

    I heard about people being at the front of a buy back line to buy the guns that have real value. Probably a good way to flip a gun on gun broker or even find some hard to find ammo.

  11. avatar Pascal says:

    I know a lot of comments are making fun and talking about BB guns, but did you guys here the part of the guns turned in that where stolen or used in a crime. These card blanc immunity programs do allow some to skirt the law. While most crooks will probably just find a deep lake or some other way to get rid of guns used in a crime, we seem to favor allowing criminals get away if we can save just one life. So, while we maybe possible through some magical mystical way saved one life, we allow the crooks back on the street to kill many more — how awesome is that!

    1. avatar Bruce says:

      The mayor supports background checks. I wonder if that means he runs a background check on each gun as it is sold to the police?

    2. avatar g says:

      McGinn has a talent for pissing people off… right now the only thing redeeming about him is that is supports the return of my beloved Sonics back to Seattle.

      Apparently, there were some awesome deals at the buyback! Long lines, and the cops ran out of gift cards, so several gun owners were able to “buy back” some quality pieces that would have ended up in the smelter.

      Supposedly, Seattle’s gonna run another one… it better be Jeff Bezo’s money and not my tax dollars that fund it. >:[

  12. avatar Ralph says:

    OMG, if I hear the phrase “if it saves only one child’s life” again, I’m going to take a sledgehammer to every fountain in the world and smash every statue of a kid taking a leak until there’s nothing left but dust and a bunch of tiny little marble winkies.

    If it saves only one child’s life, ban cars.

    If it saves only one child’s life, ban swimming pools.

    If it saves only one child’s life, ban all drain cleaners.

    If it saves only one child’s life, ban public schools.

    But keep your f^cking hands off my f^cking guns you f^cking pederast sc^mbags.

    Harsh letter to follow.

    1. avatar Logan P says:

      Pederast… is that the preferred nomenclature?

      1. avatar 16V says:

        Unlike his usually demure posts, I believe Ralph was taking poetic license with the word “pederast” for dramatic effect.

        1. avatar Ropingdown says:

          I think Ralph really did mean pederast (brit: paederast) aka b##t f^^^^r, aka sodomite.

      2. avatar 40&2000 says:

        Six year olds Dude.

    2. avatar Swobard says:

      Ralph – Please alert TTAG readers as to when to expect the promised ‘harsh letter’. I certainly don’t want to miss it….

    3. avatar APBTFan says:

      Pools are one of the biggest killers of children, especially here in the southwest. Maybe residential pools should be banned and if you or your kids want to take a dip it should be at a city pool with a credentialed lifeguard.

  13. avatar Blehtastic says:

    When something really is just a useless heap of rust, what is the non-buyback option? Do recycling centers take guns? I suppose most wouldn’t know the difference if you disassembled them first.

  14. avatar eugene says:

    gun buy backs makes me want to check junk yards for various crap and see if i can get them for 5 bucks and resell them to the city.

  15. avatar SGC says:

    In order to “buy something back” aka: “buyback” you have to have OWNED it in the first place…? How is this a “buyback” anyway?

    Just feel good propaganda for the gun grabbers…

    1. avatar Ropingdown says:

      Exactly. And I don’t know about you, but the only time I ever tried to buy back a gun I should never have sold, the guy said “nope.”

    2. avatar AlphaGeek says:

      The implications of their use of the term “buyback” have always bugged me. It implies that you get your guns through the good graces of the state, and it is the state that reclaims them when your lease expires.

  16. avatar Aharon says:

    Robert, Elin Grindemyr isn’t your type. She would want to physically ravish you all night long while you being the proper old fashioned gentleman that you are would be seeking to build a relationship based on an emotional and intellectual connection with shared values and mutual respect.

    1. avatar AlphaGeek says:

      I heroically and selflessly volunteer to go in RF’s place so that he may never experience the disappointment of mismatched expectations.

      Also, I would appreciate it if everyone who reads this would carefully avoid mentioning my heroic sacrifice to my wife.

      1. avatar Aharon says:

        You are our California Stunt Man and we appreciate your volunteering to do the dangerous dirty work on behalf of Robert. BTW, did you get my comment to you that there is a Winchester 94 just like mine on ArmsList dot com for sale?

        1. avatar AlphaGeek says:

          Yep. Did you see my follow-up comment that you were teasing me with a want-to-buy ad instead of a for-sale ad? 🙂

        2. avatar AlphaGeek says:

          And yes, it would be dirty, morally unclean work, if I played my cards right.

        3. avatar Aharon says:

          To AlphaGeek,

          No, I didn’t catch your reply. The ad I saw was for a “for sale” ad not a want to buy. Some guy out east had one for sale.

  17. avatar Jeh says:

    Im sure everyone who gave away their gun is shocked and appalled NOTHING has changed. “Giving away my gun didn’t stop the bad guys from wanting to be bad?!?!” no really? Idiots. What happened to common sense and logic, nobody seems to have this anymore.

  18. avatar Randy Drescher says:

    Jeez, I gotta get my eyes checked, it looked like a tub of wooden legs, Randy

  19. avatar schizuki says:

    It’s not supposed to reduce crime. It’s a secular sacramental rite.

  20. avatar Slappy says:

    I see a Mini-14 in the trash can, what a waste! Not my first choice in a semi-auto rifle, but a good back-up to your AR.

  21. avatar Uncle Fester says:

    If the gun buyback results in someone turning in a “stolen” weapon, do the police return it to the lawful owner?

    I think not.

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