Buyback programs only serve to take unwanted, unused guns out of the hands of law-abiding citizens. They do nothing about keeping them out of the hands of criminals.
In its coverage of the debate over gun control, last month National Public Radio had on two guests to discuss the overall efficacy of gun buyback programs as a means to reduce street crime.
Gun buyback programs have been popping up around the country with increasing regularity in the wake of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, as communities look for ways to combat gun-related violence.
However, amidst the clamor and urgency to ‘act now’ one wonders if any of the leaders within these communities have bothered to ask themselves or those in public office if gun buyback programs actually work.