Weingarten: Propaganda the Reason for Gun Buy Back Event

Weingarten: Propaganda the Reason for Gun Buy Back Event

Weingarten: Propaganda the Reason for Gun Buy Back Event

I have previously written that the primary purpose of gun turn in events has been political theater designed to teach the lesson that guns are bad and should be turned in to the police. A number of academics have done studies that show that gun turn in programs are ineffective in decreasing crime.  Even the “progressive” economics author of “Freakonomics” says that they are counter-productive for actually decreasing crime. From the “Freakonomics” web site:

When it comes to gun buybacks, both the theory and the data could not be clearer in showing that they don’t work. The only guns that get turned in are ones that people put little value on anyway. There is no impact on crime. On the positive side, the “cash for clunkers” program is more attractive than the gun buyback program because, as long as they are being driven, old cars pollute, whereas old guns just sit there.

This is from 2009.  It is not particularly unusual; academic studies are in agreement that gun “buybacks” do not reduce crime, and that police resources used for them could be better spent elsewhere.

The disarmist author of the opinion piece in the Chicago Sun-Times admits that  gun turn in events, called in Orwellian terms “buy backs” (you cannot buy back something that you never owned), do not reduce crime.  Then he gives the real reason for the event. Remember that the event is paid for with tax dollars.   From chicago,suntimes.com:

Voluntary gun buyback programs, such as Chicago’s, have been criticized as ineffective. The police tend to recover old, malfunctioning firearms or weapons from people who didn’t want them and were unlikely ever to use them. And the number of guns collected is just a drop in the bucket compared with the numbers of guns out there. A handful of studies have not found a direct correlation between gun buyback programs and reduced rates of gun crimes.

There is, nonetheless, great value in such programs. They are part of a larger effort to reset society’s thinking about guns, to spread the message that we are awash in guns — so many of them illegal — and we must do more to combat gun violence. If buyback programs also directly reduce the number of gun crimes, so much the better.

The bold lettering has been added for emphasis.  The major purpose of gun turn in events is for propaganda. It does not matter if they actually have an effect on crime.  Brain washing the people is the more important purpose.

It gets better. The author, who is not named, libels Second Amendment supporters who dare to use some clever activism to show the event for the sham that it is.

Don’t believe for a second the rhetoric that pro-gun groups, like the rest of us, want to reduce the gun violence that is destroying cities.

With typical disdain for any opinion but their own, the author is not willing to allow that any dissent can be legitimate.