Do Gun Buybacks Really Work?

Do Gun Buybacks Really Work?

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#1 Dec 28, 2012
Periodically, some cities offer a gun buyback program in an attempt to get as many guns off the streets as possible. Cities such as Detroit, Cincinnati, Boston, San Diego and Los Angeles have tried this program. This past week, Los Angeles offered a $200 grocery gift card for anyone turning in an automatic weapon and a $100 gift card for handguns, rifles and shotguns.

Generally, the police donít ask any questions about the guns or where they came from and no arrests are made. In LA this past week, they asked people to place the guns in the trunk of their cars, pull up to the buyback locations, open the trunk and allow the police to remove the gun.

The preliminary count in Los Angeles yielded around 1400 guns, 49 of which were assault weapons and 477 were handguns. They generally hold their gun buybacks in May where they collected 1,673 guns earlier this year.

Officials in Los Angeles and other cities with buyback programs say the programs are a success and help to keep the streets safer, but are those claims true?

According to the National Research Council of the National Academies report (Firearms and Violence: A Critical Review) in 2004, the buyback programsí effect on crime rates is negligible at best. Their study showed that many of the guns turned in are old, inherited from previous owners or are in need of repair. Very few of the guns were found to be used in crimes.

I recall listening to one news commentator a couple years ago talking about the gun buyback program and he asked the other person just how many criminals did they expect to turn their guns in? He raised an issue that just prior to the one gun buyback, there was an increase in home break-ins and gun thefts and that many of those guns were recovered in the buyback program. His conclusion was that the gun buyback program actually served to promote an increase in break-ins and thefts just so the criminals could get the money from the police without any questions being asked. Therefore, it seems that gun buyback programs may make the streets safer (which is highly questionable), but it makes the home more dangerous and a more likely target of crime.

The only positive effect there is from gun buyback programs is that it makes the city officials look like they are doing something worthwhile to help prevent crime, even though they may actually be increasing crime. Other than that, the programs are useless or negative and should be stopped before any more houses are burglarized for their guns.

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Since: Aug 11

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#3 Dec 28, 2012
I am sure all the old ladies turning in guns really makes a big dent in crime. I also believe in the Easter Bunny. The old shotguns and rifles turned in are mostly guns owned by their dead husbands or other family members. The handguns turned in are old revolvers and cheap pistols which would have been called Saturday Night Specials years ago. Nightstand & dresser drawer guns for the most part. Those are guns that would have caused no probelms by being owned by the people turning them in. The ones most likely to use a gun in a crime does not tuen them in at a gun buyback program........
wake up

Buffalo, NY

#5 Dec 29, 2012
young gangbangers, send their unsuspecting mothers (who all think their kids are in church at nite) in to turn in stolen guns, (usually used in recent driveby shootings) to 'get rid of duh evidence', the kid then takes the gift card and sells it on the street for 25 cents on the dollar for drug money
oink

Buffalo, NY

#6 Dec 30, 2012
The LAPD held up a LAW rocket launcher tube. You can buy these at an army surplus store. They are useless once they're fired. These are the people in the police force. LMAO.
Lifeeeeee Coachhhhhhhhhhh

Chesapeake, VA

#7 Dec 30, 2012
oink wrote:
The LAPD held up a LAW rocket launcher tube. You can buy these at an army surplus store. They are useless once they're fired. These are the people in the police force. LMAO.
In modern-day police work, it's all about perception and not about reality
Lifeeeeee Coachhhhhhhhhhh

Chesapeake, VA

#8 Dec 30, 2012
wake up wrote:
young gangbangers, send their unsuspecting mothers (who all think their kids are in church at nite) in to turn in stolen guns,(usually used in recent driveby shootings) to 'get rid of duh evidence', the kid then takes the gift card and sells it on the street for 25 cents on the dollar for drug money
Do you really think these thugs trust the police enough to do that?

You grew up in Amherst, didn't you
keeshawn

North Tonawanda, NY

#9 Dec 31, 2012
sheet bro, don't chu knows dat duh cops is all stupid

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