City Considers Creating Gun ‘Drop Boxes.’ What Could Go Wrong?

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Officials in Tacoma, Washington, are considering an unorthodox idea meant to get guns off the streets; the city is considering a gun “drop box” that would allow a person to drop-off a gun into a secured, steel box no questions asked.

The idea is being pushed by gun control advocates who still appear to believe that guns, not the criminals who use them, are the real dangers to society.

Tacoma Police Chief Don Ramsdell defended the idea, saying, “The main intent and goal is just to get these weapons off the streets.” The idea is still only being considered at this point.

Melissa Cordeiro, gang reduction project coordinator for Tacoma, also defended the idea and stated,

“It takes out the up-front interaction with law enforcement.”

“They would just have to drop the gun off and later law enforcement would swing by and pick it up out of the drop box,” she told KIRO Radio.

The boxes would have to be very-secure and big enough to place a rifle in them.

Already, those who have a modest grip on reality have begun criticizing the idea. Tacoma Police Union President Sgt. Jim Barrett cast doubt on the usefulness of the boxes that would be funded with taxpayer money.

“Are we really expecting these people to walk down the street to this drop box, with the gun tucked in their shorts, and drop it off?” he asked. “It doesn’t seem to me to be a thought-out process as of right now.”

The idea is not the most-harmful anti-gun effort ever imagined by a city. However, that is hardly an endorsement of its efficacy.

Criminals hold onto their guns. Gun owners hold onto their guns. Legal gun owners can always opt to sell their firearms instead of throwing them away. So, the question remains: who, exactly, would be using one of these boxes?

In all likelihood, the boxes will be misused. As the anti-Second Amendment crowd relies upon a campaign of lies and manipulations about firearms, in all likelihood, if the boxes are used at all, they will be used by a child who has been told that guns are evil.

This causes two problems:

1) It puts an ignorant child in possession of a firearm for a brief time and that is a dangerous situation.

2) A child may end up depositing a firearm that is legally owned and wanted/needed by the parents.

The idea is flawed from the ground-up and appears to be just yet another way for bureaucrats to spend taxpayer money and justify their job titles.

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Greg Campbell
Greg Campbell
An unapologetic patriot and conservative, Greg emerged within the blossoming Tea Party Movement as a political analyst dedicated to educating and advocating for the preservation of our constitutional principles and a free-market solution to problems birthed by economic liberalism. From authoring scathing commentaries to conducting interviews with some of the biggest names in politics today including party leaders, activists and conservative media personalities, Greg has worked to counter the left’s media narratives with truthful discussions of the biggest issues affecting Americans today. Greg’s primary area of focus is Second Amendment issues and the advancement of honest discussion concerning the constitutional right that protects all others. He lives in the Northwest with his wife, Heather, and enjoys writing, marksmanship and the outdoors.
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