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Gaming the System on Gun Buybacks

We still have some buybacks in the Philadelphia area, but they mostly stopped giving away hard cash. Apparently Chicago hasn’t figured it out, since a pro-gun group managed to fund a summer shooting camp for kids with money they made turning in rusty pieces of junk. It’s already pissing off the right people:

“We host the gun turn-in event on an annual basis to encourage residents to turn in their guns so we can take guns off the street and it’s unfortunate that this group is abusing a program intended to increase the safety of our communities,” said Melissa Stratton, a police spokeswoman.

Just imagine if they took the money they saved off these stupid, feel good programs and actually put the money into traditional policing?

4 Responses to “Gaming the System on Gun Buybacks”

  1. Sigivald says:

    Odd how violent Chicago’s gangs are, with their guns that somehow they don’t turn in “off the streets”.

    Though I suppose they might do so occasionally, to dispose of evidence…

  2. Mindy says:

    Back in the late 80’s Kalifornia was having a field day with the buy backs.
    My partner and I, we had an FFL at the time, went to the wholesaler and got 36 Enfields for $19.99 each, all they had. Very bad condition, you would be lucky to open the bolt, that much rust.
    We got $50 cash and $20 gift cert. for Toys R Us, (Thanks Oprah).
    We had to go to 4 different location, they caught on and would only take 4 per person.
    Buy back work for me :)

  3. Gerald says:

    “and it’s unfortunate that this group is abusing a program intended to increase the safety of our communities,””

    Someone needs to tell her that educating children on gun safety does make for a safer community. Perhaps next time around, they should give out gift cards for people who turn in a gang member. That would make the community even safer and it would probably be a bit more effective than just taking guns off the street.

  4. asdf says:

    They should pay for the scalps of gang-bangers instead!

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