If you ask me, these "gun buy back" programs are making a killing (no pun intended) on firearms as police departments basically pay pennies on the dollar for these weapons that are turned in. I actually am curious if many of the officers offer to purchase them, even though we are told publicly that the weapons will be "melted down."
A recent report from a KTLA, where authorities collected 2,037 firearms and two anti-tank rocket launchers, demonstrates just how many firearms and the types of weapons people are willing to surrender for cheap or free.
“Those are weapons of war, weapons of death,” LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said of the rockets and assault weapons.
“These are made to put high-velocity, extremely deadly, long-range rounds downrange as quickly as possible, and they have no place in our great city,” he added.
Except of course in the hands of police officers, right Chief Beck?
“Perhaps the most honest testament to the success of yesterday’s program can be seen in the 166 weapons that were surrendered for nothing,” said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
I'm thinking of starting my own "buy back" program. After all, I like guns, have no intention of using them to assault anyone and I've got ten kids to protect, train in gun safety and proper use. Furthermore, in most of these instances the authorities are trading a measly $50 or $75 gift card for weapons worth ten times that, so I'm betting I could get some really good deals on some quality firearms!
In the case of the rocket launchers, I'm sure it is well beyond the ratio of value of firearm to gift card that the Police are offering. It would be a blast to have one of those though, just in case it was ever needed.
It just seems amazing to me that people would be willingly to turn in firearms that they can legally own and even if they went to a local pawn shop, they can gain far more revenue than by turning them in for a cheap gift card.
I just think putting these kinds of weapons in the hands of a law abiding citizen, who would put them to good use and educate a future generation on firearms would be much more useful than turning them into the police department where either they are going to trade them around to each other or they are going to melt them down. Oh, and remember, I'm doing it "for the children."
I'm highly doubtful anyone in my audience would take me up on my offer, as many of you know the value of a firearm is not measured in mere dollars, but I've got plenty of $50 and $75 gift cards just in case. By the way, just for everyone's information, I find it incredibly hard to believe that people are turning in the kinds of weapons that the police have on display. I don't know one single person that would do something so foolish.
Watch the report below:
UPDATE: American Vision News reports that the "rocket launchers" were not a danger to anyone:
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It turns out both were one-use, AT-4 grenade launchers used by the U.S. Army in anti-tank operations. Yes they are grenade launchers (not really “rocket” launchers proper) but these tubes are pre-packaged weapons that can be fired only one time and cannot be reloaded. They are one-shot only weapons. So, yes, that means the tubes the police had were completely and permanently harmless.
But even more absurdly, at least one of the tubes was a training piece and never fired a grenade and never could have. It was a device used only for showing young soldiers what such a weapon looks like. It is a hands-on training tool that is 100% inert, un-fireable, safe as a plastic kid’s toy gun.