"It's a little incentive. I have no use for a gun anyway," said North Hills resident Ron Domash, who got $200 for an SKS semiautomatic rifle that belonged to his brother, who was living in St. Louis and couldn't transport the weapon across state lines. "I'm going to buy groceries, I guess."
That's just one of the stories behind the guns that are turned in.
I think the reason gun rights guys object so strenuously to these buy back programs is becuase the programs highlight how damaging gun availability actually is. What could be clearer than the case of this North Hills guy who had no use for a gun that his brother left behind. Imagine how many young hoodlums leave a gun behind when they go to jail. These programs are a good way to clean up some of that mess.
Another interesting aspect of this year's event was the competition.
"Criminals are always going to have guns" no matter what we do, is one of the most popular and self-serving lies of the gun rights movement. Criminals will continue to enjoy easy access to guns as long as the gun owners from whom the criminals acquire their guns keep making it easy. Until strict gun control laws are applied, not just in isolated states like California, but nation-wide, the problem will persist. That's what gun owners want. That's what they're getting.The city faced some competition this year, as a local gun-rights activist group sent members to refer those in line with functioning guns to take their firearms to their affiliated gunshops that would pay them more for their guns.
It was unclear how many were enticed by the offer, but a number did leave the buyback lines, said Bruce Boyer of Sons of Liberty L.A.
The guns will then be donated to women, who will be trained to defend themselves, said Boyer, who called the city's buyback a dangerous initiative.
"This is a one-day amnesty for criminals," Boyer said. "If a criminal uses a gun for a crime and it's turned in to an anonymous buyback, that's crazy. But regardless of what you do, the criminals are always going to have guns."
There's a tricky criticism of the gun buy back programs that murder weapons may be anonymously destroyed. Well, I'm not so sure that's the case, but what are the complainers suggesting that it's better to leave those guns on the street?
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