Do gun buybacks help stop violence?

L.A. Times 2012/12/27 05:16:44
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Mall parking lots were packed with after-Christmas shoppers. But nowhere were the lines longer than at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena and the Van Nuys Masonic Temple, where thousands of people came to exchange their guns for Ralphs gift cards.

Cars queued up for blocks at the drive-through events, with the city giving cards worth up to $100 for handguns, shotguns and rifles, and up to $200 for assault weapons. There was a bit of haggling involved, but the guns were all taken.


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  • GoDucks5 2012/12/27 07:57:49
    They do little
    They do nothing except put money back into the hands of the people who brought the firearms. I would like to know how many of the people returning their guns have criminal records. If they don't, what's the point? None of them do though because violent criminals aren't going to give up their firearms. More gun control will just disarm law abiding citizens.

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  • Lord of None~PWCM~JLA 2013/07/04 19:40:18
    They do little
    Lord of None~PWCM~JLA
    should say they do nothing.........
  • Sayer Stewart 2013/01/23 06:34:57
    They do little
    Sayer Stewart
    People who actually intend to harm others will not turn in their guns.
  • Scrappyang 2013/01/06 21:40:29
    A good start
    For those who are uneducated in the use, care, etc.
  • John Horse 2013/01/04 18:14:09
    They do little
    John Horse
    Seems like Van Nuys in Los Angeles has a population of morons.ANY ONE that gives up their guns to this OUT OF CONTROL GOVERNMENT is most likely going to be the first ones loaded on the ovomit box cars and sent to RE-education camps.WHY because they CAN'T protect them self or stop anyone from doing what they want to who they want when ever they want,that's why.
  • Scaldari Anitoba 2013/01/04 18:13:33
    They do little
    Scaldari Anitoba
    I would have been skimming the line offering more cash then they could get on a gift card LOL.
  • LastRanger 2013/01/04 16:40:58
    They do little
    I can just hear a criminal’s response: ‘I was going to rob that convenience store, but instead I’ll just sell one of the guns I stole’.
    Analyst, Ph.D.

    By-The-Way; $100 for my hand guns? I don't think so I don't own anything that cheap.
  • BEN 2013/01/04 13:37:20
    They do little
    pins misspell words forks make you fat pepole kill a gun is the tool if you dont want a gun thats ok but I do so stop trying to take my guns
  • Bill 2013/01/04 13:19:09
    They do little
    Little to nothing. 300,000,000 guns to go.
  • tom C 2013/01/04 11:16:27
    They do little
    tom  C
    But if it makes people feel better ..go for it
  • Nathan tom C 2013/01/04 19:39:47
  • tom C Nathan 2013/01/05 17:56:49
    tom  C
    they can ask for guns in a buyback........I can say no.....
    when they tell me to give them up....thats another story...
  • Me_Myself_And_I :D 2013/01/04 08:25:58
    They do little
    Me_Myself_And_I :D
    They don't help a whole lot,though.
  • Mike 2013/01/04 07:57:12
    A good start
    Next, bury them all.
  • sockpuppet 2013/01/04 04:40:07
    They do little
    The bad guys won't turn their weapons in for cash or prizes.
  • RS 2013/01/04 03:56:07
    They do little
    I am sure all those drug dealers and killers and such will be first in line...give me a break.
  • Nathan RS 2013/01/04 19:44:45
    Seems like the police just want people to think guns are a bad thing and must be disposed of to the "proper authorities." It sends a message that legal guns are really bad and need to be removed from citizens, but guns are perfectly fine with anyone working for the government. This solves no crime nothing, so it's purpose has to be something else and I feel it is a PR stunt to portray guns negatively to the people when citizens have them, but just fine when the cops have them who ruin more good people's lives and murder more people and beat more people than any civilian ever could dream of.
  • Scrappyang Nathan 2013/01/06 21:34:20
    Years ago, when my department first started something similar was because of all thedepartment statistics showed more hand guns were stolen from residential break-ins than any other item. After the turn ins, those statistics dropped dramatically, which lead officers to believe those available to the criminals was also down.
  • Raithere 2013/01/04 03:16:00
    They do little
    There doesn't seem to be any evidence that it does anything to stop violence.

    However, I do see an upside. People who will sell their gun for $100 probably don't really want it, don't know how to use it properly, and aren't likely to even store it properly. I'd rather have the city buy them back than to have them stolen, be sold on the black-market, or used by someone who hasn't been trained.
  • Freight85 2013/01/04 01:50:35
    They do little
    Do limiting the sales or confiscating spoons... stop people from being fat?
  • latarynn 2013/01/04 01:49:17
    They do little
    lol i have no clue
  • Nyretiree 2013/01/04 00:51:21
    They do little
    Most of the guns taken in are hunting rifles, shotguns, some pistols and old relics. Very few are state of the art. Assault weapons represent a very small percentage of the take.
  • wamcalif 2013/01/04 00:44:55
    A good start
    It's scary, some of the weapons that get returned.

  • kmay 2013/01/04 00:28:02
    They do little
    Criminals keep their guns and prey on the defenseless! Conceal carry works.
  • jeffreytilson 2013/01/04 00:23:53
    A good start
    an excellent idea to get the guns off the street without violating second ammendment rights...LAPD does it all the time and CHICAGO has more GUN VIOLENCE THAN LA AND CHICAGO HAS GUN CONTROL LAWS & PIONEERENED GUN CONTROL WITH MAYOR JANE BYRNES
  • tff~PWCM~JLA 2013/01/03 23:36:14
    They do little
    They don;t do anything of any importance!
  • IC Freeley 2013/01/03 23:07:51
    They do little
    IC Freeley
    I don't know any crack dealers who voluntarily turn over their firearms.
  • lipton7.62 2013/01/03 22:52:33
    They do little
    They gave these to Eric Holder so he can sell them to the Mexican cartels to smuggle them back in and re trade for more gift cards. They cycle continues over again until the taxpayers are broke.
  • strawberry 2013/01/03 21:32:08
    They do little
    Most who turn in guns for cash are not the violent ones.
  • Russ Byford 2013/01/03 21:30:23
    They do little
    Russ Byford
    Not only do they do little, remember that former Minnesota Governor, Jesse Ventura, said that "you cannot legislate stupidity". This is correct. Every-time a deranged lunatic goes out , and commits a terrible act, such as the one we saw back in Connecticut, are we going to start taking peoples processions, their private property away from them? Most gun owners are responsible and are equally as disgusted by this act of atrocity as much as the next man. But forced buy-backs are an intrusion into people's lives and an outright violation of liberty. Better methods of prevention exist.
  • Unicorns vs Narwhals 2013/01/03 21:25:11
    They do little
    Unicorns vs Narwhals
    I would think that they would increase home invasions of people looking for a gun to turn in.
  • BIGK27 2013/01/03 21:15:33
    They do little
    Liberals are so smart....Wow! They always come up with the best ideas!!!
    This is Kinda like Cash for clunkers...it really, really worked!! now we don't have global warming anymore, all those bad, bad cars are off the road! man can I breathe easier.
  • Hawk 2013/01/03 21:10:57
    They do little
    Most of the gun`s turned in are usless . And the criminal`s and gang bangers will alway`s have theire`s.
  • Bronar 2013/01/03 20:52:10
    A good start
    They may do little, but it can't hurt gettting illegal guns out of the hands of untrained citizens.
  • Bill Bronar 2013/01/04 13:21:17
    Who said that those weapons that were turned in were illegal and that the citizens were untrained?
  • Bronar Bill 2013/01/04 13:22:40
    Are you trying to tell me none of them are?
  • Bill Bronar 2013/01/04 14:56:26
    {Are you trying to tell me none of them are?}
    That's not an answer. That's a question. OK I'll bite. How many of the guns were illegal AND in the hands of untrained citizens? Could it be that they were weapons used in murders and they elected to get hide them in plain sight? Did the police take names and then run a forensics test on them to see it they were, indeed, used to commit a murder? Shotguns would be useless to test but rifles and hand guns could easily be tested. Maybe they had more than enough weapons and just wanted the gift card. I don't know.
  • Bronar Bill 2013/01/07 15:13:17
    The buybacks are no questions asked or people wouldn't turn in illegal guns. If one of those weapons were illegal and in untrained hands then I stand by my original post. Sorry but I don't see this point worth debating any further.
  • Bill Bronar 2013/01/07 15:22:22
    I didn't see it worth debating in the first place.

    {weapons were illegal and in untrained hands }
    What about
    weapons were LEGAL and in untrained hands?
    weapons were illegal and in TRAINED hands?
    weapons were LEGAL and in TRAINED hands?

    No matter which, very few weapons, compared to those 300,000,000 out there already and the boom in gun sales since Newtown, will be traded in. AKA Futility.
  • Freeranger 2013/01/03 20:47:21
    They do little
    Sorry, but no. It's like back in the '80's when New Yorkers were into cowboy hats. It's a fad. More importantly though, I won't be made to feel guilty for being a legitimate gun owner......and neither should anyone else.
    Rather than waste further bandwidth on the subject, be a good neighbor and citizen, be vigilant.....and be a proficient.
    What else can I say?
  • Red 2013/01/03 20:46:06 (edited)
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