If you want to take guns out of the hands of dangerous criminals (you know, the ones actually using their guns to commit crimes) a gun buy back event is about the worst possible idea. And the people running this latest gun buyback even admitted that they didn’t expect any criminals to turn their guns in.
The Living Faith Christian Center in Baton Rouge hosted the gun buyback that resulted in 71 handguns, shotguns, and rifles being turned in for $4,200 worth of gas cards with no questions asked.
But ONLY legal guns would be eligible for the $50 Circle K gas cards as illegal guns would be refused, according to The Advocate.
No assault-style weapons of the type [East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar] Moore said are becoming the weapon of choice for criminals were turned in.
“It’s really for the unsecured guns,” Moore said. “We’re not thinking gangsters will turn in their guns.”
Guns that were not operational were also not eligible for the gun buyback event.
Despite the fact that “assault style” rifles are NOT the weapon of choice for criminals as less than 2% are even used in crimes, the DA at least admitted that gun buybacks were not effective at taking guns out of the hands of “gangsters”.
The saddest part of the article is the loss of a a piece of history.
Darrell Boudreaux, of Baton Rouge, brought in a high-powered Japanese sniper rifle that had sat in his work room, gathering dust. His uncle had brought it back from World War II.
Years ago, he converted it into a deer hunting rifle, but never used it. So he decided on Saturday that it was time to part ways with the antique weapon.
“Well, there’s no sense in just letting it sit there,” Boudreaux, 67, said as he sat in his truck under a canopy waiting for law enforcement officials to check the weapon and hand him a $50 gas card.
$50 worth of gasoline (which is potentially more dangerous than a WWII rifle) is hardly worth a fraction of the value of this WWII relic, and just thinking about it being destroyed for no reason is disheartening.
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