San Fran idiots trying another "gun buyback" [MERGED]
San Francisco does a "gun buy-back"
This is on a local paper's website (The Palm Beach Post). It's the typical garbage letting everyone know that criminals could turn in crime guns without any investigation into what those guns were used for, and others could turn in worthless guns for $150 to use toward newer, better guns.
Oh, okay, people are turning in rifles worth probably over $800 to collect only $150? Just who are these morons who would turn in any "black rifle" for a $150 gift card?
Among the 100 guns collected Saturday were 4 assault rifles and two sawed-off shotguns, said Mikail Ali, director of the mayor's office of criminal justice.
As Ali discussed the city's efforts to curb violence another man walked up with a large, black gun case. He took out a black assault rifle with a folding stock and pistol grip and turned it in.
Great. So what we're doing is paying for the possibility of having felons turn in guns that if they had been caught with them a day earlier, might have done 10 years in prison for possessing them. What a great plan. Let's let criminals get rid of crime evidence and pay them for it!
California law makes owning an assault weapon illegal, but Gifts for Guns allows people to turn in their firearms without showing identification, and officials promise not to ask any questions about the guns' origins.
Once in police custody the guns are checked with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms to see if they were stolen. Ali said 99 percent of the guns recovered are destroyed and, if the guns were stolen, they are returned to their owners, if possible.
Who wants to wager on how ardently they try to place the guns with their rightful owners? The whole point of the plan is to take guns away from civilians: it would be self-defeating if they were trying to give back the guns they take in, so who rally believes they are trying that hard?
I loved what the last guy quoted had to say, though. :hand10:
San Fransico making streets safer for criminals
San Francisco Offers Gift Cards for Guns
By JASON DEAREN (Associated Press Writer)
From Associated Press
December 01, 2007 11:37 PM EST
SAN FRANCISCO - A man carrying a semiautomatic handgun approached a group of San Francisco police officers Saturday afternoon and, with a smile, handed over the pistol in exchange for $150 in gift cards.
"I used to fire it at bottles or do some plinking in the woods," said the gun's owner, 48-year-old Bruce Bourne. "But I have a 6-year-old daughter now and my wife was uncomfortable with it being in the house."
For a few hours on a sunny yet brisk Saturday, San Francisco police officers accepted 100 guns from about 80 people in the city's second "Gifts for Guns" event. The first event in July brought in 117 handguns and 2 shotguns.
The idea is to make the streets seem a little safer when the city's murder rate has risen in recent years - San Francisco has had at least 89 homicides so far this year.
Until they have a program like a "Turn a Criminal" they are just wasting their time.