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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Gun Rights Activists Not Welcome in Coatesville

You know you're doing something right when the establishment press takes the time to lambaste you. That is what happened to the liberty-minded people standing up for gun rights at Coatesville, PA's gun buy. Here's what the Daily Local News had to say about us:
The event was also attended by an organized group of about 15 people who offered to buy guns for cash on the sidewalk outside. Many of those outside said they opposed the buy back for political reasons, as they viewed it as an affront to Second Amendment Rights. These people are welcome to their opinions, but in our view of [sic] part of the problem. They have no clear vision for decreasing the level of gun violence on the streets of places like Coatesville, and seem more interested in maintaining he [sic] profitability of gun manufacturers than in the safety of their fellow citizens. We will be very satisfied if they do not come back.
The firearms will now be held in a police lockup until they are destroyed at a nearby steel mill. Good riddance.
 Never mind the bad grammar and misspelled words, never mind that they shamelessly made up nonsense about us being there to help the gun manufacturers, the Daily Local should get a clue about how to reduce crime. Instead of just seeking to appease politicians and maintain the status quo they should propose real solutions to the crime problem. Since I've been accused of not having a "clear vision for decreasing the level of gun violence on the streets of places like Coatesville" let me refer the editors to an article I recently wrote on the subject "Progressivism’s Violent World":
We need to move to a system of private security. There is no need for local police. History has already proved that private security is better at protecting us than the government is. A shining example is Oro Valley, Arizona. In 1975 they hired Rural/Metro Inc. to be their police department, providing the services previously provided by the county sheriff. Crime rates where greatly reduced at a fraction of the cost of a government police force.
If the editors of the Daily Local really want to help reduce crime I invite them to sign Law Enforcement Against Prohibition's petition and start advocating ending the war on drugs on their pages:
Reducing Gun Violence Isn’t About Gun Control – It’s About the Drug War
So much has been said in recent months on the subject of gun violence, but in the midst of this heated debate, one obvious solution to rampant gun violence has often been downplayed or overlooked: ending drug prohibition.
Is that clear enough for the Daily Local?

Moving on, below is a video of the gun buy. In the video one can see that the city councilperson and the deacon can't offer any proof that these gun buys help reduce crime:

The Daily Local also covered the gun buy. They actually wrote a nice piece about it. See "Coatesville collects 40 guns in buy-back program". Please note the pictures of the guns collected and the poor condition of many of them.

Below is the video of my interview by their reporter:

1 comment:

  1. “(Buybacks) make people feel good, but they do nothing to reduce violence on the street,” said Joe Clure, president of the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association. “The reality of the matter is gun buybacks are doing zero percent for public safety.”

    Researchers who have evaluated gun-control strategies say buybacks, despite their popularity, are among the least-effective ways to reduce gun violence. They say targeted police patrols, intervention efforts with known criminals and, to a lesser extent, tougher gun laws all work better than buybacks.

    “They make for good photo images,” said Michael Scott, director of the Center for Problem-Oriented Policing, based at the University of Wisconsin’s law school. “But gun-buyback programs recover such a small percentage of guns that it’s not likely to make much impact.”

    The biggest weakness of buybacks, he said, is the firearms they usually collect are insignificant when measured against the arsenal in the hands of American citizens. The government estimates there are more than 310 million guns in America today, nearly enough to arm every man, woman and child in the country.

    Scott said buyback programs tend to attract the people least likely to commit crimes and to retrieve guns least likely to be used in crimes. Violent criminals steer clear of buyback programs unless they’re trying to make some quick cash by selling a weapon they don’t want anymore, he said.