Thursday, July 12, 2012

Gun "Buyback" Comes To Indy

...And yes, ours is just as stupid as Chicago's, only cheaper: the City has set the base value of a firearm of unknown and possibly questionable provenance at $50, half of the Chicago price -- and even though they say "No questions asked," they wanna see ID. Oh! And ours is on the grounds of a school, too, which tends to frustrate creative solutions to one of the problems with these things (other than the insanity of government "buying back" what they never owned to begin with).

"Problem?" you ask. Yep. See, while granny may have a Lorcin or a no-name Philippine slag gun in her sock drawer, it's also possible grampa left her with a very nice Colt or Smith, and when she hands it over to Johnny Law lest little Junior take it off to a gang shindig, she's getting screwed.

Come to think of it, since they supposedly don't even run the numbers of these guns against firearms reported stolen, there's a chance other people are getting the short end, too.

I don't really have a problem with providing the willfully self-disarming a way to get those icky guns outta the house. Some of them may not even know where the guns stores are, or be willing to dare drive that revolver or shotgun to such a place -- but there's no reason to cheat them in the process. (The report claims the thing will take guns out of criminals hands. O rly?)

This exercise will take place in The Meadows, a long-busted shopping center in one of the poorest neighborhoods in Indy. Why do anti-gunners hate poor people?

13 comments:

Charles Pergiel said...

Sounds kind of like Catch-22. Turn your guns in at the school, where you will be arrested for bringing a gun onto school grounds. This restores my lack of faith in humanity.

Roberta X said...

Supposedly, they "have worked that out" with local police.

GBBL said...

Sounds like an enterprising store should offer a "gun buy back" program. Right to refuse (crappy) guns - send 'em on to the officials. Even offering half the cost of a good gun will give then an acceptable ROI.

Fuzzy Curmudgeon said...

The Meadows? The Meadows???

Oh, good God. That is the funniest thing I've heard in weeks. Let's do a gun "buyback" in a neighborhood where people probably need guns more than anywhere else in town.

Thanks for the laugh. Glad I grabbed all of Dad's guns after he died so my mother wouldn't be tempted to sell them.

rickn8or said...

Kinda makes you wonder which side of the transaction the crooks are on. Mebbe both.

You are going to provide links later from the local fishwrap about what a roaring success this was and how it solves the crime problem once and for all in Indy, right?

Anonymous said...

I had some guns stolen from my residence once. Gave the police the serials, and got one of them back when the cops picked Some Guy up carrying the gun.

When I got to the police department, they quickly and easily transferred the gun back to me, an act that I remain very grateful for. There was no effort to follow-up with further persecution of the arrested individual for being in violation for a number of laws, including various forms of possession violations.

His claim was to have purchased the gun "from a van in a grocery parking lot", and this statement was disregarded as "something that they all say", which I found very bad to hear.

The idea that the .gov could hand over fifty bucks to people similar to the ones who took and resold my former guns is also very bad.

Sabra said...

Why do anti-gunners hate poor people? Because a gun might just be the first step to self-reliance, and we can't have that. Crap, if a poor person has a gun and doesn't have to hope the police will get there in time to protect them, next thing you know they'll realize government schools aren't their to benefit their kids or something of the sort, and then where will we all be?

Roberta X said...

Alas, so true.

Anonymous said...

My cousin's husband was a cop in D.C. a while back. when the City decided to do one of the first "buy-backs", he and a few buds kept their eyes open to see what walked in, and intercept. Story goes, little old lady walks in, wants to turn her long-dead hubby's hardware. Cop offered her $500.00 and took it off her hands. A 1928 Thompson, in a fitted case w/accesories. NEVER ON THE ATF REGISTRY! (and never will be..). B-)

JFM said...

Show ID?! That's RACIST!!!

CarlS said...

"Supposedly, they "have worked that out" with local police"

But, but . . . ain't that a FEDERAL law?

So now, the local police are colluding & conspiring to violate federal gun laws?

Or has someone already notified the ATF, and they, too, are part of the conspiracy?

Anonymous said...

Another catch-22: if the sellers are required to show ID, then fugitives and convicted felons will not be willing to take part. So it won't take a single criminals gun off the streets. But if it really is "no questions asked," then the buyback is a great way for criminals to dispose of evidence (murder weapons, stolen guns).

Anonymous said...

If you have some defective junk firearm that you don't want and can't sell to a dealer for a good price, then sell it to a gun buy back. Then donate the money to the NRA or GOA.