Skip to comments.Gun buybacks a noble idea that always misfires
Posted on 02/25/2008 5:08:27 PM PST by rellimpank
On Feb. 9, Oakland police, led by state Sen. Don Perata, D-Oakland, offered to buy handguns and assault weapons for $250 each, "no questions asked, no ID required." The "One Less Gun" buyback program attracted so many eager sellers that the money quickly ran out, but instead of closing up shop, the police handed out IOUs good for a future buyback. The Oakland police are now stuck with a bill for $170,000. The buyback has been criticized as a poorly organized fiasco, but even the critics say it was "the right idea" and "a step in the right direction."
On the contrary, the buyback was a bad idea from the beginning. Gun buybacks have been tried before, in cities from Seattle to Washington, D.C., and they simply don't work.
In an authoritative study, the National Academy of Sciences reported that "the theory underlying gun buy-back programs is badly flawed and the empirical evidence demonstrates the ineffectiveness of these programs."
It doesn't take much insight to understand why gun buybacks don't work. Gun buybacks attract low-quality guns from people who aren't likely to use them to commit crimes. The Oakland police, for example, bought a dozen guns from seniors living in an assisted-living facility. Are you relieved to know that Don Perata has disarmed these dangerous senior citizens?
The Oakland buyback was especially absurd because of the high price offered: $250.
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$250?!?! I have a bunch of broken guns that I couldn’t sell for $25 total. I hope I get a buyback like this someday.
but even the critics say it was “the right idea” and “a step in the right direction.”
Typical liberal feel good crap.
Here are some revolver prices: http://www.smith-wesson.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CategoryDisplay?catalogId=11101&storeId=10001&categoryId=50802&langId=-1&parent_category_rn=15703&top_category=15703
How can you buy “back” something that was never yours?
(In other words, the very term is a lie.)
It is not a noble idea, it’s just freaking stupid.
That is what I was thinking, if the $250 applies to any gun!
so, with no questions asked and no I.D. required, how many of these guns were A. stolen, B. used in crimes? The whole thing was a publicity stunt by that miscreant, Don Perata. And of course the liberal morons living in Oakland will figure he’s such a noble guy. How many guns did he sell “back”? The SOB has one of two CCW permits issued in Oakland.
I’m thinking of a Senator buy-back program. I never actually owned a Senator, but I’d turn one in for a big payday. Hey, it gets one off the streets.
Oakland, Berkeley and SF are within spitting distance of each other - there’s a lot of competition among those three for who’s got the most Morons! Fools! and Idiots!
They take turns in upping the bar.
Does it say what they do with the guns that they buy? I remember another gun buyback program where the police department ended up selling the guns they had bought back to recoup some of the money they had paid out. I am pro second amendment, but if they were not going to destroy the guns they bought, what would be the point?
Amazing ... the cops ripped off the sellers -
Do they get to post negative comments on EBay ?
I wonder how the people in line reacted when the cops said, “ no more money, but we are going to take your guns away anyway “.
I don’t know about getting Senators off the streets. I can think of several that should be kicked out onto the streets.
In what way are ‘buybacks’ a ‘noble idea’? And since the idea is to be a publicity stunt to show how ‘reasonable’ gun owners don’t really need their guns, how does it ‘misfire’?
Step 2) sell $100 to police for $250
Step 3) profit!
Here are some others dip stick. http://www.hi-pointfirearms.com/handguns/hi_point_handguns.html They run to about 180 (NEW) and guess waht, neither of these are being tuned in.
Grab a clue some where!
More like a $175 gun--at least around here--once shipping and FFL handling fees are taken into account. Further, non-FFL's are not allowed to sell guns purchased for the purpose of resale.
BTW, I wonder why the quoted shipping for three guns is more than twice as expensive as shipping for two.
Where do you think cops get their "drop guns"?
Their .45acp pistol feels like a brick. To be expected, I suppose, since it's blowback operated.
Looking at the instruction sheet, I'm curious what the "counterweight" is for? An effort at drop-safety?
Several years ago Toronto had a water gun trade-in program.
Wish i had the link.
The anti gun org set up a deal at the park where kids were to
bring their water pistols and cannons etc and trade the for books, games and puzzles.
The news article described one of the toy water cannons something like, fearsome, and glowed about the real
message the kids were getting.
One brainwashed boy was quoted saying something like, I am glad to get rid of these guns..., or some such.
Wish I could find that article.
I’ve never heard that HI-Point has any reputation for quality.
And who are you calling dipstick?
and just think, that the thugs are going to turn in AK’s, UZI’s and the like for $250.00 when the street value is 10X. I don’t think so.
Not you. The buy back idiots. Just pointing out that you could make money on the deal.
I’ll be glad to buyback firearms, I’d like to add a few to my collection
Yup, thats whay I read last week, they 'ran out' of money due to dealers unloading [pun intended] cheap junk by the trunkfull...econ 101...
I have been praying for such an offer, it would allow me to get more than some guns are worth and allow me to buy more firepower in a newer model.
How can it be a buyback if they are not the ones that sold the guns in the first case?
Also, do they have an FFL? They are violating the one gun a month law, the waiting period, background check, etc.