Gun Buybacks: An Opportunity for Profit

When states and municipalities began developing “gun buyback” events, they saw them as a way to get dangerous firearms off the streets. With a strict no-questions-asked policy in place, the community was encouraged to come in, turn in their guns, and get some nominal present in return. In some cases, it’s cash, in others, it’s sneakers. In Oregon this month, it was gift cards to the Fred Meyer superstore.

What these organizers didn’t count on, however, was people using these events as a way to make a tidy profit. It was a pretty bad oversight, though, because you can always count on people to find an economic opportunity if there is one to be found. That’s what makes capitalism work! Of course, the people who laud gun buybacks probably don’t approve of capitalism in the first place.

Sponsored by Central Coast Ceasefire Oregon in conjunction with the Newport Police Department, the January 17th buyback offered $175 gift cards for so-called “assault rifles” and $25 gift cards for high-capacity magazines. Gun owners saw a system ripe for exploitation. Profit-seeking individuals flocked to the event, ready to turn in $8 magazines for $25 in Fred Meyer credit. And though Ceasefire Oregon countered criticism by saying the “turn-in does not pretend to be a market value exchange,” the egg on their faces is unmistakable.

If any greater irony is needed, Fred Meyer actually sells firearms. People were therefore able to turn in their old guns for more than they were worth, and then take their gift cards to the store for an immediate upgrade. Absolutely hilarious.

A Lesson in Liberal Failure

Of course, even without the exploit, gun buybacks are almost entirely worthless when it comes to making cities safer. Studies have shown that the buybacks do nothing to reduce crime. Why would they? After all, a criminal who intends to use their gun for crime is not going to hand it over to the police. A law-abiding gun owner who turns their firearm over because they don’t want it wasn’t going to commit a crime anyway. When you stop to think about it, the logic behind these buybacks is flawed from the start.

Because they’ve been proven to do little in the way of actually reducing crime, proponents of buybacks have insisted that there is no way to measure their “intangible” benefits. By holding these events, they say, it can encourage the community to look more closely at gun control laws. In other words, it can spark a local conversation about increasing restrictions on the Second Amendment. What more could a liberal want?

While anti-gunners wait for their buybacks to change hearts and minds, though, gun owners might as well use them to make some quick cash. Police departments and gun-control groups can have their symbolic event, and sensible Americans can fatten their wallets. Isn’t it beautiful when conservatives and liberals come together?


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  1. Hilarious!!!

  2. Your government at work.

  3. This UNDERSCORES and PROVES how LIBERALS are F_CKING DUMB self manufacturered VICTIMS and they suffer from a delusional Neurosis. A neurosis born out of their relentless perisitance application of their visionary failures despite those failures.In spite of all the data that shows their visionary fantasies are all failures, they persist in this agenda, despite its madness, and therefore fall under the old saying insanity is doing the same things over and over again expecting different results.

    Yet, despite all the evidence against it, the modern Moreover the liberal always has, far flung theories, ideas, distortions, scapegoats , and above all putting self proclaimed experts and in this case an economist to prop up and keep their mindless fantasies moving. This is a good example of one of those fantasies

    The liberal agenda’s mixed with their neurotic principles violate the rules of ordered liberty and their most determined efforts to convince other people of their visionary fantasies ineventually fall short. Their agenda of attaching a solution to a problem that has nothing to do with the problem and passing it off as good social science is another self centered neurotic problem with the Liberal.

    Then the modern liberal mind whines about imaginary victims, rages against imaginary villains, speaks of conspiracies and makes credulous statements and above all seeks to run the lives of persons competent to run their own lives……then the neurosis of the liberal mind becomes painfully obvious.

    Liberalism IS a disease, common sense is the cure. But as Ron White the comedian says……there ain’t no fixin STUPID in this case the same applies……………… There ain’t no fixin liberalism

  4. It would be helpful if there was a website announcing upcoming gun buybacks, with time, location, and price range. Maybe through NRA or similar gun owners interests. I would love to opt in and buy those horrible weapons at ridiculously low prices. Promise to give them a good home and keep them out of the hands of the thugs and drug cartels.

  5. Just another ploy to get OUR guns. SCREW all of you liberals, the left and the Democrat Party. You guys are not AMERICANS. PERIOD. WE THE PEOPLE will soon declare WAR on you and you will understand and believe what we have been trying to drum through you thick skulls.

  6. With liber… I mean fascists, intention will always trump results, that is how mentally disordered they are and that is why this dying Republic is in the dire straits that it is besides the fact that they do want to destroy this once greatest nation and replace it with their delusional utopia!

  7. Anyone who turns in a Firearm that works, has a screw missing.

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