The encouraging news:
Delaware Senate nixes extension of gun buybackIt doesn't take a genius to realize that a person could sell some hunk o' junk to the government, pocket the cash, and drive down to the local Wal-Mart and buy a nice, shiny new rifle for home protection. Or for shooting opposing gang members in Wilmington.
By Randall Chase, Associated Press
The Delaware state Senate has refused to reauthorize a gun buyback program set to expire July 1.
Lawmakers last year approved a pilot program that resulted in more than 2,000 weapons being exchanged for prepaid debit cards worth $100 to $200.
Legislation sponsored by Democratic Sen. Bobby Marshall (D-Wilmington) to extend the program was defeated 13-to-8 Wednesday, even though $200,000 had been set aside in the budget for the upcoming fiscal year.
Opponents questioned the effectiveness of the program in reducing gun crime in cities such as Wilmington, where three people were shot to death this week in a span of less than 24 hours. [link]
The gun buyback scheme is, without doubt, the most idiotic idea Democrats in this country have ever come up with. Tops on a very lengthy list of stupid ideas.
Though the practice still exists, at least the Senate in Delaware has come to its senses.
Hope springs eternal ...