Originally posted by bekod
reply to post by MajorKarma
I take it you have never been to a buy back. It works like this: bring in your weapon, get cash!
No questions asked, no id, no where did it come from,or do you own it. Most are stolen, used to commit crime, or have been used in a shooting, this is
not to be asked!!! The only thing that is, is to get the weapon off the street, out of someone's hand, and then put out to sea or be burned up.
I have in fact witnessed a gun buy-back at something of a distance while with two sheriffs I used to go hunting with, prior to my decision to root for
the doves at Salton Sea because their were too many hunters and too many over equipped hunters. I in fact grew up hunting and sport shooting but it
has become a big hassle and a case of just asking for problems with those wanting a reason to go after gun owners. Moreover, my eldest son lives
where the hunting is good and certain firearms are better in his collection now than mine.
I likes Sailing and fishing more these days, than packing in on horseback to a remote area to go deer, elk, bear etc hunting as I did for many years;
I was raised in a family that hunts and had my first BB Gun at 5 and 410 Shotgun for my 6th birthday. You City-Dwellers are so far removed from
reality and are the products of poisoned meat from domesticated livestock. I bet most of you have never even eaten venison or wild boar or dove or
goose or anything natural from the wild. However, do not run with the idea that the 2nd Amendment is about Hunting...it is not.
Nevertheless, contrary to your naive opinion, everyone is being observed, video taped and analyzed at these gun buy-backs. There are a number of ways
to clandestinely obtain further information on the people that show up, not limited to the fingerprints on the weapons; weapons which are also gone
over by experts looking for weapons of interest that, amongst other things, may have been used in a crime.
You show me an event where public officials and law enforcement are gathered and I will show you an event that is being highly scrutinized by law
enforcement and if not, somebody is asking to be moved to a lesser position of responsibility.
I did not mention the one case where turning in a firearm at one of these Buy-Backs might make sense; Broken/damaged/Junk firearms that are beyond or
not worth repair. However, while many of the weapons turned in are Junk, there are many that are worth more and in some cases much more than $200;even
an old single shot 410 is worth $3-400.
I can also see how some people would do this for the attention; to Brown-nose in effect but this too is disgusting.
And if you think for one moment firearms of consequence are not being snatched up and saved from the meltdown,you are once again naive. Some of he
largest gun collectors I know are in law enforcement.
I have been encouraged to be more kind on the forum so let me ask you this question based upon an extreme example. If for example a Thompson Machine
Gun showed up in this buy-back, do you think it would be melted down or become the prized possession of some collector? Yes, I know their may be
rules imposed by involved/interested politicians/administrators but there is no way quality firearms are going to be allowed to be melted down...it
would be a foolish sin.
Once again, I maintain the only/majority of weapons turned in are junk coming from law abiding citizens and at best, the only weapons being taken from
the hands of criminals are those snatched by their mother, brother, aunt, uncle and yes, a number of old ladies who have no concept or use for
firearms. These buy-backs are a farce.
I also have to wonder how many of you who approve and espouse these "Buy-Backs" actually own a firearm or have ever even fired one for any reason. I
do not mention "Gone Hunting" because that implies that is the only reason for firearms and IT IS NOT.
edit on 24-12-2012 by MajorKarma
because: Typos,Expanded Comment