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Food for guns trade worked in LA. How much chicken can you buy for a rocket launcher?

December 28, 2012

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The Los Angeles Police Department offered for one day only a buyback program. Turn in a gun, get a grocery store gift card. According to Atlantic, the final numbers were 2,037 firearms, including 75 assault weapons and two anti-tank rocket launchers. No questions were asked, simply turn over the weapon.

Handguns, shotguns and rifles were worth $100 gift card. California classified assault weapons up to $200.

Hmmm, just might work here, especially with how many families are going hungry in the greater Pensacola area.

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  • Moose December 28, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    It would be interesting to know if any of them used a gun to steal the one they turned in for food.

  • Teresa December 28, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    Well said RT!

  • RT December 28, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    Here are some questions based on my knowledge of other “buy back” programs in other cities in other years: Do you want to make a wager about how many of the weapons had been stolen? Do you also want to bet that some people will be stealing more weapons as replacements for the ones they have exchanged for gift cards? Do you also want to bet that the most dangerous criminals were not participating in this buy-back program? (“Homey don’t play that game!”) Now, would you care to compare the number of weapons “bought back” to the number of weapons sold by merchants and individuals in the same amount of time? Yes, these programs “feel good” but do not do much actual good. That is one observer’s cynical perspective.