Free Republic
Browse · Search
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Gun buybacks a noble idea that always misfires
Oakland Tribune ^ | 25 feb 08 | Alex Tabarrok

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at ...

TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: banglist
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first previous 1-2021-28 last
To: All

Even dumber:

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.

21 posted on 02/25/2008 10:02:38 PM PST by biscuit jane
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: Hazcat

I’ve never heard that HI-Point has any reputation for quality.

And who are you calling dipstick?

22 posted on 02/25/2008 10:09:13 PM PST by BenLurkin
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: rellimpank

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.

23 posted on 02/25/2008 10:17:56 PM PST by NY Attitude (You are responsible for your safety until the arrival of Law Enforcement Officers!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: BenLurkin

Not you. The buy back idiots. Just pointing out that you could make money on the deal.

24 posted on 02/26/2008 5:19:09 AM PST by Hazcat (We won an immigration BATTLE, the WAR is not over. Be ever vigilant.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: rellimpank

I’ll be glad to buyback firearms, I’d like to add a few to my collection

25 posted on 02/26/2008 5:20:42 AM PST by Intimidator (It's not unilateral - just try saying you're a Progressive Democrat in your typical Evangelical chur)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Anti-Bubba182; July 4th
That is what I was thinking, if the $250 applies to any gun!

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...

26 posted on 02/26/2008 5:40:52 AM PST by Gilbo_3 (Vote for Principle to inspire Conservatives to service...LiveFreeOrDie...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: rellimpank

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.

27 posted on 02/26/2008 12:25:23 PM PST by 1Old Pro (I feel sooo calm, that I'll probably forget to vote for McLame.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: rellimpank

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.

28 posted on 02/26/2008 4:57:04 PM PST by looscnnn (DU is a VD for the brain.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first previous 1-2021-28 last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794 is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson