Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine’s Day – Now Surrender Your Rights!

I never thought I’d see something like this in South Carolina, but here it is – yet another waste of taxpayer money and yet another affront to the Second Amendment. I speak of course of one of the infamous guy “buy back” programs. MSNBC is reporting that police are running two sites in central South Carolina. The thought seems to be if you can’t get people to hand over their weapons legally, use taxpayer money to purchase and destroy them. This one even has a holiday theme in honor of Valentine’s day "Guns for Roses." According to the story:

"Anyone who turns in a gun gets a free rose and an electronics store gift card. A handgun gets a $100 gift card, while a rifle or shotgun nets a $50 gift card."

First off, most handguns are worth well north of $100, and most rifles are worth well north of $50. So not only are the taxpayers paying for this dubious program, the individuals who queue up to disarm themselves are getting ripped off in the process. The entire theory behind these gun purchases is that fewer firearms in the hands of law-abiding citizens makes the world a safer place. The spike in violent crime after DC enacted the handgun ban disproves that theory, yet these colossal wastes continue.

Imagine the outcry if the Police set up a booth where people could sign away their freedom of religion or right to free speech for a period of time in return for cash! Yet these programs continue. I’d love to see them outlawed as a misuse of public funds!

Until next time!!!

No comments: