North Carolina voluntary gun surrender event produces big results

posted at 2:01 pm on November 22, 2015 by Jazz Shaw

A staple among the more “reasonable” gun control advocates in America is the voluntary gun turn-in or buy-back program. Hillary Clinton has recently gone on record as a big supporter of these programs, whether they be optional or… not so optional, like in Australia. If you had any doubt about the effectiveness of such plans, the folks in Greensboro, North Carolina were out to prove you wrong this month. They held just such an event where they would accept any number of weapons, getting them off the streets and presumably out of the hands of criminals. And while some offers of this type promise cash or gift certificates in exchange for the surrendered firearms, this one was based on nothing more than the good will of the people. No money was offered and participants were given the chance to sign a “pledge of non-violence” for the future.

So how did that turn out? If you read the coverage from this Time Warner Cable News Network report it was a smashing success. Almost 1,000 people turned out and it was a glorious day to get guns off the streets.

Almost 1000 people took “A Pledge of Non-Violence” Saturday at Destiny Christian Center in Greensboro.

This was to show their commitment to safety across the Gate City.

Gun owners also turned in unwanted firearms and ammunition at the event.

Signing the pledge and turning in weapons was spurred, in part, by an increase in gun violence across the city.

So that’s a big win all the way around, right? Sure… but the details of the “success” become a bit less impressive if you watch the video associated with the report. NRA-ILA checked into it and, sure enough, plenty of liberals showed up to sign the pledge but reports of the number of “weapons” surrendered might have been just a tad misleading.

Police-community partnerships are a positive measure to increase public safety, but good intentions aren’t the same thing as a good (or effective) plan. A report by Time-Warner Cable News tried to put a positive spin on things by noting that “almost 1,000 people” responded to take the pledge, leading one to believe that 1,000 firearms had been turned in, but this was hardly the case. As evidenced by the footage accompanying the story, the gun turn-in apparently resulted in a single BB pistol and a single sheathed hunting knife being “taken off the streets.”

Fear no more, citizens, for the streets are a safer place today. This was apparently the extent of their haul. The “gun” portion of the turn-in looked like this:


No, your eyes aren’t deceiving you. It’s a BB gun. One BB gun. But they also managed to remove this item from the criminal community.


I suppose the phrase weapons and ammunition is accurate. The BB gun did come with a couple of bags of pellets. And while “firearms” (plural) seems a bit dishonest, there were actually “weapons” since the knife counts as one. But the fact is that these voluntary turn-ins seem to produce a higher volume when the government offers a lot of cash. Yet even then you tend to get antiquated or broken hunting rifles and world war era leftovers found in people’s attics. It’s a rare day when an actual criminal with a functional, high power handgun is going to show up where a bunch of cops are standing around and surrender the piece he used to kill somebody last week for some extra lunch money.

But don’t tell that to Hillary Clinton. In her world, this is the neatest thing since sliced bread.

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the delusional really think that American gun owners won’t go down without a fight. History shows otherwise.

Dr. ZhivBlago on November 22, 2015 at 11:09 PM

We won’t go down at all. They will.

Anti-second amendment fascists are going to find themselves imprisoned . . . if they’re lucky.

Younggod on November 23, 2015 at 4:28 AM

I could pontificate, but this says it all. So, so true…

HomeoftheBrave on November 23, 2015 at 7:58 AM

Hey, that BB gun was pretty dangerous. I mean it didn’t have an orange tip and all. Might get someone killed. *eyeroll*

GWB on November 23, 2015 at 9:59 AM

Point made Jazz. Gun confiscation must be made mandatory and enforced by force and police powers.

I’m onboard with that.

nonpartisan on November 22, 2015 at 2:09 PM

Of course you do. A “night of long knives” is just the type of event liberals would dream up. Oh, wait… that just emphasizes the a Hitler comparison for a National Socialism supporter like you!

Sorry, that won’t happen here. You will be put down like the dogs you are if you start something like that.

(Sorry, didn’t mean to insult dogs.)

dominigan on November 23, 2015 at 10:17 AM

Several years ago Cook Co. tried this, offering, I believe, $400 for any gun in any condition. A downstate group collected all the junk, non-functioning guns they could find, turned them in and collected. They then went outside and bought working guns from other people in line. Couldn’t have worked out better.

Hucklebuck on November 23, 2015 at 10:36 AM

Did anyone check to see if that “cold steel” pig sticker featured in the story is in reality a rubber training knife?

After all, that menacing-looking side arm also featured, is really just a BB gun!

Long, long ago when he was the thankfully one-term (elected in ’89; Florio-free in ’93) Governor of New Jersey, Jim Florio (D-Camden) once lent the full weight of his ample public relations skills — that is, his “imprimatur of approval,” as the saying goes — to a gun buy-back program which was promoted in the press and held down in lovely Camden.

I think $50.00 or $75.00 was the going rate for anyone turning in a firearm of any kind, no questions asked. But whatever it was, word quickly got around that it was less than the cost of a no-frills new air rifle, which item could be easily purchased (also with with no questions asked, or pesky forms to be filled out) just across the Delaware River from anywhere along New Jersey’s lengthy water border with Pennsylvania. So, a thriving little business evolved. Suffice it to say that a huge number of cheap but brand-new BB guns ended up in the collection bin, and their purchasers walked off with most of the cash that was put into the program. One story in a Trenton tabloid even reported that many of the air rifles were actually being brought in still in the box!

One other newspaper-reported consequence of that stupid Camden County buy-back program, was that some “enterprising” cur — a Camden County “official” who was somehow associated with the implementation of the program — actually managed at some point to physically situate himself at the top of the conveyor belt that was being used to transport the firearms on their “final ride” up into the machine crusher (after the serial numbers and other “indices” of identification were logged in for reference purposes).

The idiot picked off several of the good ones, and at least a few of those eventually ended up back on the street, where they were once again able to be used in the commission of crimes! But he was so brazen about it that he got caught and was indicted.

Trochilus on November 23, 2015 at 11:21 AM

Hucklebuck on November 23, 2015 at 10:36 AM

Great story! Someone could probably put a book together about all the “road to hell” results arising out of all these efforts over the years. The only problem would be that a committed progressive moron somewhere would use it to try to analyze the drawbacks, in order to try to fashion a new program which he or she imagines will somehow be free of flaws this time.

In a weird sense, these programs remind me a little of “Groundhog Day”, but always featuring some annoying Phil Connors type character as the perennial liberal jerk who just never, ever learns, and who will therefore never ever redeem himself, or herself, as eventually happened with Phil in the movie.

Trochilus on November 23, 2015 at 12:03 PM

How about a Million man march starting April 14, starting from Charleston,SC. That was the day they fired on fort Sumter.We will march to Richmon, VA and then on to Washington. Firearms are optional,

BruceB on November 23, 2015 at 12:33 PM

We won’t go down at all. They will.

Anti-second amendment fascists are going to find themselves imprisoned . . . if they’re lucky.

Younggod on November 23, 2015 at 4:28 AM

And they should be in prison for a good many other things.

I agree fully with your sentiment, but I’m just more cynical. They can accomplish so much that isn’t as obvious as what happened in Katrina, you know-“boots on the ground”.

Dr. ZhivBlago on November 23, 2015 at 2:44 PM

Well, it looks scary, so that’s a victory.

Trainwreck on November 23, 2015 at 4:55 PM

I think $50.00 or $75.00 was the going rate for anyone turning in a firearm of any kind, no questions asked. But whatever it was, word quickly got around that it was less than the cost of a no-frills new air rifle
Trochilus on November 23, 2015 at 11:21 AM

Don’t you mean more than the cost of the BB gun?
Otherwise you’re losing money on the deal.

dentarthurdent on November 23, 2015 at 5:42 PM