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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? . . .

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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

    • 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.

    • 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…

    • 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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…

    • 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.”

    • 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.

  9. 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.

    • 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.

      • 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?

        • 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? 🙂

        • 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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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