Taking Advantage of a Government ProgramPosted by on Monday, July 2nd, 2012
This article heavily references this one.
Last week, I wrote all about the stupidity of city gun buyback programs. They are a waste of taxpayer money. When governments give out money, people will take advantage of it. Just about everything I wrote last week has proven to be true in a story that I came across this morning. Evidently, a NRA-based shooting camp for kids used the gun buyback money for upgrading their weapons! Let me explain further:
The first point I made in the original post was that these buyback programs are not “no questions asked” as they are advertised.
Despite the no-questions-asked policy of the buyback, police officials asked Guns Save Life members where they got their guns, Boch said. Still, the police officials allowed them to turn in their guns, he said.
What if they hadn’t given an sufficient answer to the officers about where they got their multitude of guns? Doesn’t this automatically violate a “no questions asked” policy? Yes, it does. Since criminals know that cops are often setting up sting operations and thereby engaging in false advertising, it is not hard to conclude that they should not be trusted and that no thugs emptied their gun stashes during the buy back, which was my second point.
My third, fourth, and fifth points in the original post all relate to the fact that the rewards for the forfeiture of the guns is often worth more than the guns themselves. Therefore, the events will seem to be successful, but it is really just a way for people to update their weaponry.
This was rusty, non-firing junk that we turned in, Boch said.
Vandermyde said he was told one suburban gun dealer imported junk rifles for less than $50 each and received $100 gift cards for each of them.
I point out all of these things to remind you of how ineffective the government is…not to toot my own horn. It wasn’t very hard to see this coming. But, Chicago officials didn’t see it coming, I guess:
We host the gun turn-in event on an annual basis to encourage residents to turn in their guns so we can take guns off the street and it’s unfortunate that this group is abusing a program intended to increase the safety of our communities, said Melissa Stratton, a police spokeswoman.
Boo hoo! They act like this is the first time anyone has ever taken advantage of a government program. Right!
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