The latest buzzword in the anti-gun rhetoric dictionary is “mandatory buyback“, primarily referring to semi-automatic rifles or as the gun grabbers call them “assault weapons”. Since an outright ban is not a very popular idea, especially with tens of millions of just AR-15’s owned by law abiding citizens, the anti-gun politicians need a new tactic. Enter buyback programs.
I’ve written about buybacks before, highlighting how they are often used by individuals to sell their crap guns and purchase better ones. But this latest proposal of “mandatory buybacks” is just ridiculous.
First, they aren’t buying back anything. They never owned the property in the first place. They are creating a law that would force citizens to sell their property to the government at whatever price the government deems adequate, and if the property (gun) owner refuses, they become a criminal. Reminds me of eminent domain.
Second, any responsible gun owner knows if their firearm is in their possession, it will not be used to harm anyone. That is the safest place it could possibly be. And if an individual owns a firearm with the intent of harming others, they sure as hell won’t sell it to a buyback program.
But this got me thinking about some of the stories I’ve seen where people have taken their rifles in to the police after a tragic mass shooting, saying they don’t want these guns on the streets anymore. Now, I won’t criticize their intent. It is their own property. They can do with it what they chose. But do they really know what will happen to that rifle after they turn it in? Is it really safer in the hands of the government than in the hands of a law abiding gun owner?
A little research shows that not only does the government actually run guns to criminals themselves, but they lose them all the time.
Here are a handful of examples in no particular order:
Baltimore: Members of the Gun Trace Task Force (GTTF) went rogue and eventually eight officers were convicted of stealing money, drugs and guns from the people they stopped, then reselling those same drugs and guns.
Michigan: police chief created a “reserve officer” unit, but turns out it was just a way to sell firearms, ammo, and body armor to celebrities, many who were barred from owning firearms.
California: police officer left her gun in the restroom, where it was promptly stolen. She apologized, so it’s okay.
New Mexico: police chief, along with a town trustee and the town mayor, was busted for running guns to a brutal Mexican drug cartel.
Missouri: police chief was purchasing firearms with city funds then those firearms went “missing”.
North Carolina: police chief was arrested for selling confiscated guns that should have been returned to the rightful owners after charges were dismissed.
New York City: police officer was manufacturing illegal guns and selling them to criminals.
Nationwide: law enforcement and government guns regularly found in the hands of criminals.
Washington DC: police officer sold guns to those barred from purchasing them legally; at least one was used in a murder.
California: two police officers sold more than 100 firearms to convicted felons.
California: gun control proponent, State Senator Leland Yee promised votes and guns in exchange for campaign contributions, as well as participated in a gun trafficking scheme running gun from the Philippines with known mobsters.
California: school board president busted in the same gun trafficking scheme as above.
Nationwide: ATF can’t find “substantial number” of guns stolen from a government disposal facility.
Nationwide: DEA agents keep losing guns and no one cares.
Worldwide: 2000 guns were sold by the government to Mexican drug cartels in hopes of tracking the sellers. They lost track of the guns, some turned up in murders, most are still on the streets. This is known as Fast and Furious.
Worldwide: Pentagon lost weapons given to Yemen. This includes: 1,250,000 rounds of ammunition, 200 Glock 9 mm pistols, 200 M-4 rifles, 250 suits of body armor, 300 sets of night-vision goggles, among other things.
This list was compiled after a 20 minute Google search. You can only imagine how much more is out there as well as what hasn’t been discovered. It also begs the question of what will happen with all the guns confiscated through “Red Flag” Extreme Risk Protection Orders ERPOs.
So yeah, don’t sell your guns to the government. You never know where they’ll actually end up.
Have other stories of government corruption or incompetence regarding firearms? Drop them in the comments.
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