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The Trace: Experts Say Cash for Guns Dont' Work

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There's an old saying that even a blind squirrel finds an acorn every now and then.  That could apply to Michael Bloomberg's online anti-gun news outlet posting this story last weekend on how compensated confiscation (so-called gun buybacks) schemes are a waste of money:
In news reports about the buyback event, Tampa police stressed the impact the buyback would have on preventing crime in the future. In the words of Janelle McGregor, a spokesperson for the department, “That’s 521 firearms that will now be destroyed and never get into the hands of a criminal.”

That kind of endorsement is common from law enforcement officials, yet it runs counter to the facts: There’s no evidence that gun buybacks actually curb gun violence. Though the events have become ubiquitous in the U.S. since the ’90s, they’re coupled with a number of academic studies that pointedly demonstrate the ways that buybacks fail to reduce crime. “[Studies show that] the guns you get back are nonfunctioning, that we’re paying money and we’re not getting real benefits,” Ralph Fascitelli, the president of Washington CeaseFire, a Seattle-based gun safety organization, tells The Trace. “They’re just feel-good things that don’t do much real good.”That's quite an admission for a gun ban group.  If a gun ban advocate can admit such schemes have no impact on crime, you would think police chiefs who push for compensated confiscation events would find a better use of taxpayer money.  According to one policy advisor, most police chiefs who push "buy backs" know they don't reduce crime:
“Experienced police officers will have a sense that [gun buybacks] are likely to be of marginal value,” says Michael Scott, director of the Center for Problem-Oriented Policing. “I think that’s safe to say that the primary function of a gun buyback program is to do something symbolic.”

So, what does work?  Scott recommends more effective efforts to reduce crime like Boston's “focused deterrence” - a strategy developed by John Jay College criminologist David Kennedy, that requires coordination between law enforcement and social-service providers to objectively identify the most dangerous offenders in a community, and make an effort to routinely check those individuals for firearms.

Lawmakers Demand Halt of Obama Plan to Use Social Security to Restrict Gun Rights


This week, reports emerged that the Obama administration is advancing a plan to restrict gun rights by adding to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System Social Security beneficiaries who use a “representative payee” to assist in managing their financial affairs. In response, Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee and Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK), the chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies, sent the following letter to Carolyn Colvin, the acting commissioner of Social Security, demanding that any such plan be abandoned. The text of the letter can be found below.

BATFE Works With FBI And VA To Get Veterans’ Guns Taken Away


The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is involved in a government effort to disarm America’s veterans and seniors who may lack the capacity to manage their finances.And it’s not just veterans facing this scrutiny: now it’s anybody who gets Social Security.

Gun controllers target retailers to support indefinite background check delays


Two groups have presented a petition with more than 100,000 names to Cabela's of Greenville asking the outdoor store to change its gun policy so that sales are not completed until federal background checks are finished.Currently, federal law allows a gun sale to proceed even if a background check is not complete if the buyer has waited three days since starting the purchase.

Sen. Moran Introduces Legislation to Safeguard Service Members' Second Amendment Rights


Today, U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) introduced legislation to address “Gun-Free Zones” at American military installations – including military recruitment centers – and restore the Second Amendment rights of service members. The Safeguarding Service Members’ Second Amendment Rights Act, would repeal bans on military personnel carrying firearms on Armed Forces military installations and Department of Defense (DoD) sites and prohibit the president, secretary of defense and secretaries of military departments from enacting similar restrictions or prohibitions in the future.

Nation’s finest deserve right to defend themselves


Congress must lift the gun ban at all military facilities and centers immediately.In an age of terrorism, it makes no sense whatsoever that our military and veterans are left defenseless when a jihadist shows up to slaughter Americans.

Veterans protest military recruiting center gun ban


A group of veterans has been gathering outside of a Madison military recruitment center to protest a law barring active-duty members who work at such sites from being armed.The veterans say they plan to keep showing up at the facility near the city's East Towne Mall until the law is changed.

Dekalb County Sheriff changes gun policy after Chattanooga Shooting


In response to the Chattanooga shooting, Sheriff Jimmy Harris has changed the gun policy at the Dekalb County Sheriff's office. Harris says through out his career in law enforcement, he never expected the country would be so steeped in violence and because of that he is working to secure funding to buy a firearm for every certified deputy to carry a concealed weapon on his person at all times. Harris says this is also a time for all citizens to make sure they are prepared to protect themselves.

Chris W. Cox: Obama's Social Security Gun Grab


Chris W. Cox, Executive Director of the NRA Institute for Legislative Action, discusses reports that President Obama has issued a memo to federal agencies, resulting in a Social Security Administration plan that will deprive more than four million recipients of their gun rights, without due process of law. He describes it as the biggest gun grab in history, unprecedented in his over twenty years with the NRA. Any person who has had a “representative payee” appointed to handle their finances is vulnerable. Cox vows that the NRA will fight every day until it is stopped. Further, he calls for the immediate repeal of the ban on firearms at military facilities, forbidding service men and women their right of self-defense. Originally aired on Cam & Co 07/21/15.

Presidential Candidates, Members of Congress, and Governors Call for Military Right-to-Carry


Following the murder of four U.S. Marines and a U.S. Navy sailor by a terrorist in Chattanooga, presidential candidates, including former Florida governor Jeb Bush (R), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee (R), businessman Donald Trump, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker (R), and former U.S. Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.), have called for a change in federal law to allow stateside military personnel to carry firearms for protection. In addition, the governors of Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas have directed the adjutants general of their National Guards to authorize Guardsmen to be armed in their states.

NRA Applauds Congressman Johnson for Swift Action on Social Security Gun Grab


The National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) today lauded Congressman Sam Johnson (R-TX), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, for his swift action urging the Social Security Administration (SSA) to stop developing a system to enter social security beneficiaries into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), which is the Obama administration’s latest effort to deny millions of Americans their Second Amendment rights without due process.

Older People Need Guns, Too


Have you ever thought of letting someone else manage your finances?  If President Obama has his way, Social Security recipients who have trouble managing their finances will be banned from buying a gun.  

NRA: Give guns to military recruiters


The National Rifle Association said after a deadly shooting at a military facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee, that the rule that prohibits U.S. military men from carrying firearms on military installations was "outrageous."

California Legislature on Summer Recess


The California Legislature is now on summer recess.  They will be returning on Monday, August 17.  Below is the status of the pro- and anti-gun/hunting bills left alive for 2015.


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