Second Amendment: Making Chicago's Gun Buy Back Useful
Sometimes, irony is just delicious. In Chicago, a pro-gun group used the city's gun buy-back program to obtain thousands of dollars with which to buy firearms and ammunition for an NRA-sponsored shooting camp for kids. "Guns Save Life" turned in 60 firearms to the Chicago Police Department in exchange for $6,240 in gift cards, according to the group's president, John Boch. Among the guns that were turned in, none of which worked or were wanted, were 10 that were more than 100 years old. They also sold five BB guns and a pump-action shotgun that had seen better days.
"They recognized it for the junk it was," Boch said of the guns. "At one of the locations, one of the detectives was very tenacious ... and hit the guys with a flurry of questions like 'Where ... did you get these from, a graveyard?'" But Chicago's finest made the transaction anyway, and Guns Save Life used the proceeds to buy rifles and ammunition for an annual summer camp held at Darnall Gun Works and Ranges in Bloomington, Illinois, where, Boch said, they will be used to teach "the next generation how much fun shooting sports are and how to handle guns safely."
Naturally, hoplaphobes caught an extreme case of the vapors. The police department accused Guns Save Life of "abusing" a program meant to fight Chicago's skyrocketing crime rate and "tribal warfare," a.k.a. gang violence. "The amount of gun violence in Chicago is simply unacceptable," said the department, using the Left's deceptive term "gun violence." Of course, there's no more "gun violence" than there is "rock violence" or "crow-bar violence." It's the criminal that commits the violence, not the object. In Chicago and other big cities, those criminals are often part of gangs. Now, however, thanks to Chicago's buy-back program, more young people will learn how safe, enjoyable, and, yes, non-violent firearms can be.