All across the country gun buy back programs continue to attract and get lots of media attention. Many in the main stream media continue to shine a light on these programs with a rock star "groupie" like stupor. These programs are touted and promoted as making all of us safer by removing these unwanted guns off the streets.
Guns are inanimate objects incapable of aiming and firing themselves, yet they receive the bulk of the media's wrath as being culpable in every shooting. Little has been done at all in regards to the real issues causing violence in our society. No real legislation at the state or federal level has addressed the issues with the mentally ill in our country. Criminals committing gun and violent crimes continue to be furloughed and released into our neighborhoods to prey on all of us by lenient and liberal leaning judges. Our criminal defense system is like Swiss Cheese....filled with holes and yet gun grabbing politicians continue to make guns the issue. Violence in all media forms to include video games and hollywood movies has accelerated at alarming rates with no end in sight!
If you REALLY want a wake-up call to see the MONSTERS that live right around the corner from you and your children go to FAMILY WATCHDOG and lookup by city, zip code all the FELONS living right next to YOU! Don't think any of them will be participating in these foolish and misguided buyback programs! Maybe if some of these naive folks checked this website first they would think twice about disarming themselves. Another great website is CriminalCheck.com, serious wake-up call that is proof positive that our judicial system is a mess!
Gun buy back programs may make people "feel good" but there is no evidence that they work at all at reducing crime. If anything they are conditioning law abiding citizens to turn in firearms that very rarely have any chance of being used in a crime. Many are antiques or family heirlooms that probably have no business being turned over to unappreciative state and local governments.
Just recently NPR interviewed the Santa Fe Police Chief Raymond Rael, see full transcript HERE.
VERNICK: What we've learned is that high-risk people don't tend to participate. The folks who are at highest risk for being either a victim or a perpetrator of gun violence are young males. But disproportionately, the people who participate in these buybacks tend to be older; they tend to be female.
On top of that, the guns that get turned in don't tend to be the high-risk guns. The high-risk guns for street crime tend to be newer; they tend to be high-caliber, semiautomatic pistols; they tend to be functional. The guns that disproportionately get turned in, in buybacks, tend to be older; they tend to be revolvers, lower caliber; and worst of all, often they're broken. So there isn't good reason to expect, unfortunately, that these gun-buyback programs are likely to reduce street crime.
RAEL: Well, in reality, probably not. Anyone who is serious about stealing a weapon, and using it in a criminal act, isn't likely to turn it in. But we do anticipate that there will be some weapons turned in by members of the general public who have either inherited weapons, or are concerned about leaving weapons in their homes - loaded or unloaded - and just feel they no longer have any use for them.
It is amazing that government resources, time, and tax payer money are being spent on feel-good useless programs as stated above that do nothing to reduce crime.
- the guns being turned in are old and many are broken.
- the high risk guns are not the ones being turned in and lastly
- the high risk people don't tend to participate!!
Unbelievable, but yet we all feel so good taking part in an exercise of futility and it's all paid for by us the taxpayer. DON'T YOU FEEL SAFE NOW!!!
Just today Sunday Feb. 10th in the Albuquerque Journal there is an article in Section B by Patrick Lohman titled, "300 GUNS GONE" about the gun buy back program that was held in Bernalillo County county and co-sponsored by Albuquerque Metro Crime Stoppers in conjunction with the Bernalillo County Sheriff's office. The mention how they gave out $40,000 in gift cards to people turning in their gins.
Who's paying for ALL those gift cards? Is that taxpayer money? Seems that $40,000 could have been spent on something that would actually do something to reduce crime.