Nearly 150 firearms were taken off the streets today by Dallas Police in an effort to keep them from falling into the wrong hands.
It was the result of a "Gun Buy Back" program the city has instituted in an effor to make the city safer.
"Great program. They're gonna get a lot of guns off the street. They should continue it." said Tom Reger who sold a .22-calibre rifle.
Reger is amoung scores of Dallas gun owners who opted to sell their unwanted weapons to police as part of the program.
When we talked about the last one a few months ago, the comments were overwhelmingly opposed to the program. I find the same thing this time in the Dallas sites that have covered the story.
People say the guns are junk anyway and not even capable of killing. Others say they're valuable and the city is ripping the people off by offering a meagre $50-food-coupon. Last time we talked about it here, one commenter, Tom, who now has his own blog, pointed out the problem with this program: "The whole idea supports the faulty logic that reducing the overall numbers of guns in the supply chain somehow reduces violence." Well, obviously I don't agree with that.
What I do agree with is what Deputy Mayor pro tem Dwaine R. Carraway said in the video, that it only takes one gun to kill someone. The other day they collected 147 of them. Admittedly, these were not gang members turning in the tools of their trade, these were not professional killers who've decided to go straight after hearing the Deputy Mayor's exhortations to do so, these were simply people who had guns at home that were in danger of being misused or stolen and thereby contributing to the "flow."
For me, this is a good program. The most fascinating aspect of the whole story is the vehement opposition on the part of the pro-gun guys. I asked before, how does it hurt them? Does the fact that it "supports the faulty logic" explain that? What's your opinion?