A gun-buyback program has turned into a local version of "cash for clunkers."
Newark police say the 280 guns turned in Wednesday and yesterday, the first two days, have temporarily drained the program's $50,000. Anyone who turned in a gun at Emanuel Christian Church was given $200.
A similar program in 2005 yielded 400 guns over four months, said Sgt. Ronald Glover, Police Department spokesman.
Four other churches were scheduled to host two-day gun buybacks in coming weeks, but Glover said more money would have to be found first.
As one of our favorite commenters often says, "words matter." I think he's actually used those words about this very expression, "gun buy-back," rightly pointing out that it couldn't be a "buy-back" unless the gun owners had bought the guns from the city in the first place.
But, that aside, is this type of program really as worthless as its critics say? Isn't it possible that among the predominately "clunker" type guns, there are some good ones which might otherwise be used in crime? Isn't it a small amount of money invested if even a few guns are taken off the streets? Isn't a drop in the bucket better than nothing?
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