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Buyback Control

by on August 14, 2012

Buffalo will not purchase your vehicle and vodka to combat drunken driving. You may not inflict automotive mayhem just because you have objects which could be hazardously misused. But can we take the risk that you control objects and not vice versa?

It’s way easier to get illegal guns off the street than illegal criminals. So, the city may as well blame the implements for all the area’s felonies instead of the felony-minded users.

The city is enticing good guys to surrender their protection for a quick buck while giving money to bad guys who will turn over guns while retaining their black hearts. Buffalo’s leaders continue to operate under the delusion that Darth Vader would have stopped trying to nefariously rule the galaxy if only he had a chance to get a gift card in exchange for his light saber:

The city is hoping to get more illegal guns off the streets with its annual Gun BuyBack program.

This year’s event takes place on Saturday, August 18th.

“Buying back” implies that the firearms were the city’s property to begin with, just in case you subscribe the reactionary notion that your arms are yours. Getting paid to disarm isn’t worth the cost, especially if the buyers determine the items are non-working antiques:

Pre-paid credit cards are being offered to people who turn in guns as follows;

$10 for non-working or antique guns

$50 for rifles and shotguns

$75 for handguns

$100 for Assault Weapons

Set aside the inflammatory term “assault weapons” which disregards whether or not a firearm has been used in commission of an offense. Criminals who aren’t engaged in that semantic debate can focus on recouping some money seized from their illicit activities:

The overall Gun BuyBack effort is financed by asset forfeiture funds that have been acquired by the city through the seizure of monies from illegal drug and other criminal activities in Buffalo.

Why give that money to victims when the city can limply try to bribe people into behaving? Further, gun control-favoring rhetoric is again deceptive by nature: it lamentably focuses on removing “illegal guns” without pointing out that restrictions mean possession will be the domain of only those who ignore laws.

There’s no legal distinction granted by stringent gun laws to, say, someone living in a dangerous neighborhood who decides personal safety is more important than a permit. But the distinction between laws that criminalize the innocent and conduct that should be illegal isn’t important to liberals who may as well claim that a fork buyback would reduce obesity.

The sanctimony is exacerbated by location. The cash for guns scheme is taking place entirely at churches, which will cruelly make saintly participants vulnerable to their relatively far less righteous fellow residents. Yet there is little hope the program will provide redemption:

Since 2005, the city has removed over 8,000 illegal guns from the streets. 3,000 have been removed through this “no questions asked” buyback.

The biggest unasked question remains: do you feel safer? No? But there have been so many guns removed! It seems weird that the city does this program annually and yet conditions don’t improve.

Don’t look to City Hall for responsibility. Byron Brown, who established his firm commitment to law and order by letting Occupy filth live on public property for months, blames inanimate objects and not naughty humans for crime. It’s little wonder that someone so bad at his job shirks personal responsibility.

Profiting by giving up guns will never cause criminals to suddenly lose the impulse to harm others. Conversely and simultaneously, the government is tempting law-abiding people to disarm themselves for the prospect of a few bucks; offering such temptation is a tactic that does totally not at all make them resemble the criminals they’re out to stop.

As for those agents of malice whose intent will be unaffected by the buyback, they’ll know that there will be more unarmed innocent people in Buffalo as of August 19. Watch for a spike in the theft of pre-paid credit cards.

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