People with “unwanted guns” are, to me, people who don’t like chocolate chip cookies; I’m sure they exist, but I’ve never met them.
In my experience, guns are bought and kept or sold somewhere down the line (often to allow the purchase of another gun).
However, one North Carolina community decided to host a popular PR event- a gun turn-in. The Greensboro Police Department (GPD)proudly advertised the gun turn-in for “unwanted” firearms. The news report, however, showed a less-than-stellar turnout for the event with a BB gun and one knife in the collection box.
On November 10, the GPD announced the November 14th event via Facebook:
Greensboro police are asking at least 1,000 residents of the Gate City to show their commitment to safety by signing a “Pledge of Nonviolence” this Saturday, Nov. 14 at Destiny Christian Center, 2401 Randleman Rd. from 9 am to 3 pm. At the same event, gun owners can safely turn in unwanted firearms from their homes. Police employees will be accepting handguns, rifles, shotguns, and ammunition at the event. This is not a buy-back program. No cash will be given in exchange for weapons voluntarily surrendered to police.
The pledge and the opportunity to turn in weapons are spurred, in part, by an increase in gun violence. This year compared to last, gun violence has increased 68%. The term ‘gun violence’ includes any crimes against people in which weapons were used, and shootings into occupied dwellings. An incident can be classified as gun violence even if no one was injured.
Please note the last sentence: gun violence stats are often inflated with accidental discharges and suicides.
The news report covering the event show that it yielded a BB gun with wooden grips and a knife with a leather sheath.
Greensboro Police are the latest casualties in the left’s misinformation crusade that seeks to emphasize that guns, not people, are the true causes of crime. This year, Boston’s mayor Marty Walsh re-launched his failed campaign for gun buybacks after the city only received one firearm between January 1st and August 14th of this year.
Getting “guns off the streets” is a fool’s errand. Those who are willing to come and turn-in firearms are not the gang members and career criminals; they’re law-abiding citizens who have been scared into the belief that gun violence is like Polio and that simply being around guns will infect them with violence.
People who own guns should be able to do what they want with them (within legal limits). If they want to turn them in, that’s fine. But what this event’s failure represents is a comforting mindset in this community that those with firearms are not looking to part with them.