With that said, the geniuses who run Washington D.C. think they've done humanity a big favor by removing 279 from private hands.
279 removed. 13,425 added. Someone do the math.
Here's the news:
To show how smart these people are, the story is accompanied by a photo (reproduced below) of a woman holding one of the firearms that was turned in for $50. If I'm not mistaken, the weapon is an H&R Topper Model 158 (or 58, depending on its age) single shot shotgun. The city of Washington D.C. could have purchased one for $41 on auctionarms.com and saved $9. **
Police Net 279 Firearms With Buyback
By Delphine Schrank, Washington Post Staff Writer
For $100 and the prospect of some cash in hand for Christmas shopping, Levaun Dicks marched into the basement of Union Temple Baptist Church in Southeast Washington yesterday and handed a police officer a plastic bag containing a loaded 9mm Makarov semiautomatic pistol.
"It was lying in my dad's shed," said Dicks, 31, of Fort Washington, who was recently laid off from a real estate company. "It wasn't needed, and I need the money."
Dicks was among scores of Washington area residents to participate yesterday in the D.C. police department's gun amnesty program. Held at three churches -- officers had hoped the non-threatening setting would lure people who might be intimidated by having to head into a police station -- residents were offered $100 for assault-type rifles or semiautomatic pistols, $50 for revolvers, derringers, shotguns and rifles, and $10 for air, BB and pellet guns.
The buyback netted 279 firearms yesterday in return for $14,450. (link)
But we all know that "smart" has nothing to do with this. It's all about "getting guns off the streets."
So the city removed 279 firearms. 119,999,721 to go. Make that 119,999,722. No, make it 119,999,723. Er ... 119,999,724. Uh ...
** Who knows, maybe the seller bought it at auction for $41 and turned around and sold it to the dimwits who run the buyback program for $50. A tidy profit.
*** It might be a JC Higgins model (manufactured for Sears many years ago) but I don't think it came in 12 gauge).
Photo courtesy of The Washington Post