Grandma Got Run Over By a Gun Buyback
This piece about yesterday’s gun buyback in Buffalo has me thinking (a dangerous pastime, I know). This is the fourth of these buybacks, the last of which was held in 2009, and all told over 3,000 firearms have been purchased for $10 – $100 each. Of this year’s haul of 600+ guns, a third were non-functional.
Buying back nonfunctional guns could be useful, depending on what kind of guns and how nonfunctional they are. Unless firearms are properly disposed of, they can be broken down and the parts re-used. Your average suburbanite lacks the toolsto ensure their broken guns aren’t repairable – I myself can’t find any hydraulic shears or armored fighting vehicles in my garage, and I imagine most people aren’t any better equipped. So if the alternative is that the gun goes into the trash (which… what? is that even legal, even if you remove the firing pin?), I suppose it’s worth the $50 to ensure safe storage or disposal.
But the mayor’s take on the whole thing feels a little… off, somehow:
[Mayor Byron W. Brown] noted that seldom-used guns could unintentionally get into the hands of children or grandchildren—and that some could be stolen in burglaries. He also said some young people involved in crime might have a change of heart and want to sell their weapons, and that one community activist had persuaded some young people to sell their guns.
“At some of these locations, we’ve had mothers and grandmothers turn in sawed-off shotguns and assault rifles,” Brown said. “We know they are not the owners of those weapons. We know they’re turning them in for family members who might use them in a moment of anger or in a crime.”