In America, they’re called “gun buybacks.” Technically, they’re not buybacks. The police, politicians, gun grabbers and corporate do-gooders perpetuating this brand of security theater – where Americans turn in broken-ass guns for cash, gift cards and/or kudos – never owned the guns in the first place. So it’s really a “buy-up.” Of course, “gun buy-up” doesn’t have the same PC ring to it. In fact, the term hints at the truth of the matter: the “no questions asked” buyback folks are creating a black market for stolen guns. Anyway . . .
The Brits aren’t buying “buy-ups” or “buy-backs.” For the Land of Hope and Glory it’s a “Gun Surrender.” “From Monday the force is holding a two-week amnesty for people to surrender unwanted items,” staffordshirenewsletter.co.uk reports. It comes after new legislation came into affect [sic] on July 14 increasing the maximum jail term for illegal gun possession . . .
from 10 years to life. This now includes anyone who is storing a weapon for someone else. It also includes antique firearms amid fears obsolete weapons can be made viable by criminals with ballistics know-how . . .
Police believe many firearms may be held in innocence and ignorance of their illegality or may be overlooked or forgotten in people’s homes. The campaign gives holders the chance to dispose of the firearm and ammunition safely by handing it in at a police station.
During the two week period, those surrendering firearms will not face prosecution for the illegal possession and, if they wish, can remain anonymous. However, the history of each live weapon will be checked for evidence of its use in crimes.
There are those who say that surrendering a “live weapon” = “the death of personal liberty.” As Annie Lenox sang, who am I to disagree?