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Sun Dec 16, 2012, 10:19 AM

Gun incidents we *can* support

Yesterday in Baltimore there was a gun buy-back at an inner city shopping center. 461 guns were exchanged for donated Christmas gift cards.

Last month, out in the red suburbs, there was a similar incident at a local shopping area on its small town "Main Street" area.

Two churches in Baltimore collected several dozen guns last month in ongoing programs.

This has happened in New York. In Chicago. In Los Angeles.

It has happened in countless venues in countless places countless times.

And it has made only a very small dent in the mountain, the SEA of guns in which we are awash.

The government could get involved in this.

It would be a start.

And to those would object to this as a use for the tax dollars, shut the fuck up. You're a big part of the cause of this, you and your unwillingness to pay for the Common Weal.

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Recursion Dec 2012 #1
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Response to Stinky The Clown (Original post)

Sun Dec 16, 2012, 10:21 AM

1. The apocryphal worry...

... is that people take their old broken guns, turn them in, and go buy new guns with the money. I have no idea how common that is but it has been documented some. But it has the anecdotal "welfare queen story" feel to it, so I take it with a grain of salt.

But, yeah, I think buybacks are going to have to be part of whatever we come up with.

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Response to Recursion (Reply #1)

Sun Dec 16, 2012, 10:32 AM

2. Many "buybacks" actually give other than cash in return for the gun

Yesterday in Baltimore, it was gift cards

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Response to Stinky The Clown (Reply #2)

Sun Dec 16, 2012, 10:38 AM

3. The one I was thinking of in DC was too

Gift cards that the fence was happy to take in exchange for a newer gun (but, hey, at least they're traceable. that's something.)

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