Police Buyback Programs Turn Into Gun Marketplaces

I don’t often cite the statey von stateface leftist screed Salon, but hey, as the saying goes, even a broken clock is right twice a day.  In this case, Salon is highlighting the fact that police guns are showing up crime scenes, and that a lot of the police gun buyback programs are turning into gun selling bazaars.  They also highlight that many police stations actually sell their retired service arms to get some revenue for the department.

Of course, I understand the reason behind the story, to illustrate to the general public that guns are fundamentally dangerous, and that even when police departments try to protect the public from the guns, they end up doing more harm than good.

No doubt, Salon will fail to see the significant point here, that individuals who have guns are more than capable of being irresponsible with guns even if they have government magic badges.  The other point they fail to miss is the law of unintended consequences, a damning law for any belief system that relies on central planning to produce its idea of a utopian world.

Even when police try to run a gun buyback program, they end up producing a gun marketplace.  It’s a beautiful thing, a result that should be celebrated, not used as a fear-mongering tool to convince more people to accept a reality where only central planner enforcers have guns.

I’m sure for Salon, their solution would be to bring in Federal oversight to assure the police departments take guns and don’t accidently give guns back.

Police guns are turning up in crimes

In the last year, residents of Fort Worth, Texas, have watched as shootings spiked across the city.

Month after month, new victims emerged: a woman killed in a mall parking lot, two toddlers accidentally shot outside a Chuck E. Cheese’s, seven shot in a drive-by in a residential neighborhood. The 2016 murder rate was a 15-year high.

The city’s Police Department had a plan. “In an effort to get firearms off the streets, the Fort Worth Police Department is implementing a gun buyback program,” the department announced May 18.

On a hot summer day six weeks later, nearly a dozen officers set up shop in an Aldi parking lot, offering a $50 gift card to anyone who turned in a gun. It was the third buyback the department conducted since the program’s announcement.

However, the police had competition. Skirting the edges of the parking lot, a group of men stood with homemade cardboard signs outbidding the police.

One man accompanied his daughter, who held a sign reading, “Sell my daddy your gun!” She stood next to another buyer, wearing a shirt reading, “Fuck your gun free zone.” Another man clad in neon green waved dollar bills at passersby. The deals took place in less than a minute.

Police wanted guns off the streets. Instead, they’d created a makeshift gun bazaar.

There was another problem with their plan. While the Fort Worth Police Department was making a show of getting guns off the streets, it also was quietly supplying the public with guns.

Read More at Salon.com

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