In the past couple weeks, three people randomly talked to me about three different aspects of gun buyback programs. Because of them, they got me to thinking about gun buyback programs more than I should. So, I thought I’d solicit your thoughts.
The first person is concerned about crime fighting in Chester and believed there should be more gun buyback events.
The second person considers guy buyback programs a hoax that does little to get guns off the street that are used in crimes.
The third person wonders what happens to the guns that are collected.
In their opinion, there aren’t enough visible signs that Chester is doing an active job of fighting crime and gun buyback programs are a highly publicized event that keeps crime fighting activity in the public eye.
I think gun buybacks do more to promote the corporations that accept the buyback vouchers than it does to fight crime. Sneaker Villa and Super Fresh get a lot of publicity out of these events.
In their opinion, the guns collected in the gun buyback programs aren’t the one that the neighborhood thugs are carrying in their waist to commit crimes. The guns collected are the ones collecting dust in some basement, usually broken, that are worth trading for a pair of sneakers or a buggy of groceries.
I’ve shared that same thought. Ideally, momma will snatch that gun under junior’s bed while he’s not looking and bring it to the gun buyback, but I doubt if that happens too often. I just can’t see the bad guys giving up their guns for $100 of groceries when they can use the gun to steal stuff of a lot more value.
In their opinion, there is no accountability of the police who collect the guns. There is never a public record of all the guns collected or when and where they got disposed. As trusting citizens, we assume the police do the right thing and destroy the guns as advertised.
This person really got me to thinking. My original thought was that the guns are gathered (after the photo op on TV and the papers) and taken to some urn for meltdown. But, I’d imagine they’d first check to see if the guns were either used in a crime or stolen. I wonder how long that takes? And since most of these guns are broken, I wonder if there is anything preventing them for offering them for parts to people who specialize in guns. I’m sure they’d love that. Guns from buybacks aren’t like Hazmats which have to be documented all the way to the grave. Once the police get these guns, I assume it’s up to them what they do with them and when. Is there a law that they have to give a report on each gun they collect and its disposal?
What do you think of gun buyback programs? Do they work? Are they a waste?