Monday, November 23, 2015

Voluntary gun confiscation works about as well as you would expect

The city of Greensboro, N.C., recently held a voluntary gun-confiscation event that went about as well as I think normal people might expect. Of course, the media covered it as if it were a huge "success:"
GREENSBORO -- Almost 1000 people took "A Pledge of Non-Violence" Saturday at Destiny Christian Center in Greensboro.
This was to show their commitment to safety across the Gate City.
Gun owners also turned in unwanted firearms and ammunition at the event.
So, how did that commitment look? What kind of "unwanted" firearms and ammunition got turned in? Not much, apparently:
It was meant to be an event, “in which law enforcement and community members work together to solve problems.” The GPD noted that “there is no limit” to how many firearms would be accepted and that they would “not be returned.” The department also offered to pick up firearms from owners’ homes.
Police-community partnerships are a positive measure to increase public safety, but good intentions aren’t the same thing as a good (or effective) plan. A report by Time-Warner Cable News tried to put a positive spin on things by noting that “almost 1,000 people” responded to take the pledge, leading one to believe that 1,000 firearms had been turned in, but this was hardly the case. As evidenced by the footage accompanying the story, the gun turn-in apparently resulted in a single BB pistol and a single sheathed hunting knife being “taken off the streets."
Hot Air graciously provides photographic evidence of the success of the Greensboro event. Somebody got tired of his knife, apparently:

And another dude apparently decided that having a BB gun pistol was just too much to bear:

Yeah, that's it. Well, the guy who turned in the BB pistol -- that's an air gun, by the way, not an actual firearm -- also turned in some BBs, which I guess qualifies as ammunition. So they've got that going for them.
I guess that you could find at least 1,000 libtards in any decent-sized city who would "pledge" to end gun violence. Nothing wrong with opposing gun violence, of course. Hell, I oppose gun violence -- unless it is necessary. That's why I own guns. Sometimes, gun violence is necessary. It's not the main reason I own guns. Most of my guns are intended to be hunting weapons. But not all of them. Some of them are purely for home defense. And some of them can only be described as the kind of weapons one might want to own if one's government becomes too authoritarian. And,, no shit, I won't be turning those in any time soon.

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