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If a gun buy back program saves even one life - including an accidental shooting - it is totally worth it.
Posted by StuckInUtah on January 7, 2013 at 10:11 PM · Report this
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn 6
Concern trolls will be concerned, will troll.
Posted by Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn on January 7, 2013 at 10:17 PM · Report this
Claypatch 7
I'm with #5. Totally worth it. Gotta start someplace.
Posted by Claypatch on January 7, 2013 at 10:36 PM · Report this
Yep, totally pointless, there's no reason it could possibly work or affect change because it's just a publicity stunt. There's no way removing more guns from private hands could stop criminal misuse of guns. Unless you believe in math.

This, combined with purchase restrictions like background checks, and waiting periods, is exactly what needs to happen. If you have a gun, you're more likely to kill someone with it or be killed by it. If you are a weapons dealer and you have to wait a month between purchases, you're less likely to stockpile. Given the sheer overwhelming number of privately owned firearms, if you take 1/25th of them out of private hands, that could still amount of thousands of lives saved, either from violent crime, accidental harm, or suicide.

Posted by stilettov on January 7, 2013 at 10:47 PM · Report this
I was initially skeptical about the effectiveness and the cost, but I guess the idea is that normal, non-thug people would turn over the old hunting rifle that dear Uncle Joe, rest in peace, used to go shooting with, in exchange for some quick money, so that sneaky little Grandson Tyler won't get his hands on it. It's probably not intended for the crack-slinging thugs. I don't know if this would have prevented the Sandy Hook massacre, but it might prevent some accidental gun deaths of people who had no business handling a gun.
Posted by floater on January 7, 2013 at 10:53 PM · Report this
Amnt 10
If it makes people feel better and doesn't cost any public money, then have at it I guess.

I don't agree with it 100%, but this article on guns by author Sam Harris is something I've been suggesting to others:…
Posted by Amnt on January 7, 2013 at 11:01 PM · Report this
heywhatsit!? 11
Ah, the insane minds of the unregistered commenter. I just can't quit you.
Posted by heywhatsit!? on January 7, 2013 at 11:03 PM · Report this
originalcinner 12
I read that when they did this somewhere in Florida, most of the guns handed in were from little old ladies who'd been widowed and were keen to get their late husband's damn gun out of the house at last. It all helps.
Posted by originalcinner on January 7, 2013 at 11:13 PM · Report this
Posted by Totalpukoid on January 7, 2013 at 11:22 PM · Report this
Claypatch 14
@12 : I believe you are correct. Even if that also happens in our area it should help save lives, since the studies show that owners of guns are in much higher danger of being killed, by their own guns, than non-owners.
Posted by Claypatch on January 7, 2013 at 11:36 PM · Report this
NaFun 16
Hunh, I agree with @2, @3, & @9. Doesn't address gun-related crimes like the Aurora or Newtown shootings, which are why people thought of doing this, and maybe it'll prevebt some accidents or gun thefts.
Posted by NaFun on January 7, 2013 at 11:55 PM · Report this
I don't see any problems with this.
Although I would hope that it would become at least an annual event.
Posted by fairly.unbalanced on January 8, 2013 at 12:16 AM · Report this
Better raise a lot of money. I'll be hunting around for some useless, piece of crap, firearms to turn into quick cash (or gift cards).
Posted by restlessnative on January 8, 2013 at 2:49 AM · Report this
@18 Of the 1,172 guns turned in during Seattle's 1992 gun buy-back, 95% were handguns, and 87% were operational. Apparently not all of them were crappy or useless, that is, until they were melted down and turned into a sculpture.
Posted by a russell on January 8, 2013 at 4:39 AM · Report this
It's something that will go over well with Dow's and Mayor McCheese's supporters, so it does serve a purpose.
Posted by WestSeven on January 8, 2013 at 6:16 AM · Report this
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn 21

It isn't a bad thing if gun lovers go and track down widows and girlfriends and whoever else ends up with the disordered collections of dead and jailed gun collectors. The problem is that these guns are lying around in the homes of people who know nothing about them. They end up getting taken by criminals or in the hands of curious kids.

So if someone who has a clue takes it off their hands, that's an improvement. At least there's a bit better chance they'll keep it secure.

And you hardly need to wait for a gun buyback to go do that. Offer cash for old guns. Make a million dollars. Knock yourself out.

The other thing is that if we had requirements for safe storage, and minimal qualifications to own a gun in the first place, we'd have far fewer lying around like this to begin with. Imagine all the beautiful old classic antique guns that could be saved if they were kept out of the hands of morons.

But whatever. Buy. Buy away. Get out there and buy them. Nobody is stopping you.
Posted by Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn on January 8, 2013 at 8:28 AM · Report this

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