Chad Love: Guns for Gift Cards?

Of all the various gun control schemes that have been rolled out in the past few years, perhaps none is as farcical as the "gun buyback" program, in which citizens are allowed to turn in firearms - no questions asked - in return for cash or gift cards. While I'm sure these programs do indeed make the world safe from the scourge of flintlock musketry, single-shot .22 rifles and non-functioning relics, the programs do absolutely nothing to reduce gun violence.

To me, it always made a lot more sense for those private citizens to hang on to those guns and use them protect themselves from the criminals. After all, if a bad guy wants a plasma TV and blu-ray player he's not going to turn in his gun for a Best Buy gift card, he's going to use it to come take yours.

I guess that's why I don't work for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

From the story:

_LOS ANGELES -- A program to exchange guns for gifts brought in a record number of weapons this year as residents hit hard by the economy look under the bed and in closets to find items to trade for groceries. The annual Gifts for Guns program ended Sunday in Compton, a working class city south of Los Angeles that has long struggled with gun and gang violence. In a program similar to ones in New York and San Francisco, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department allows residents to anonymously relinquish firearms in return for $100 gift cards for Ralphs supermarkets, Target department stores or Best Buy electronics stores.

...One man brought in a Soviet-era semiautomatic carbine.

"If that got into the wrong hands of gangbangers, they could kill several people within minutes," (Sheriff's Sgt. Byron) Woods said. "Our biggest fear is a house getting burglarized and these guns getting taken."_

I don't know about you guys, but the thought of a gun so terrifying it can actually "kill several people within minutes" makes me glad it's finally off the streets.