PA Bill Number: SB1013
Title: In general provisions, further providing for definitions; in inchoate crimes, further providing for prohibited offensive weapons and for possession ...
Description: In general provisions, further providing for definitions; in inchoate crimes, further providing for prohibited offensive weapons and for possession ...
Last Action: Referred to JUDICIARY
Last Action Date: Jan 11, 2022
Concealed Carry Seminar – Sponsored by Ambridge District Sportsmen’s Assoc. - 02/26/2022
ADSA Clubhouse 2900 Ridge Road Extension, Baden PA
Concealed Carry Seminar – Sponsored by Rep. Jason Silvis - 04/7/2022
Huber Hall 300 Alexandria Street, Latrobe, PA
Concealed Carry Seminar – Sponsored by Rep. Jason Silvis - 04/28/2022
West Leechburg VFD Recreation Hall 1116 Gosser Street, West Leechburg, PA
COVID relief funds paying for North Carolina gun "buyback" :: 01/11/2022
Gun “buybacks” (I prefer the term “compensated confiscation” instead) programs are a dumb idea in general, but at least most of the time it’s not taxpayer money being wasted.
That’s not the case in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, unfortunately, where your money (or more accurately, money we’re borrowing that will have to be repaid with interest by taxpayers at some point in the future) is being used to fund a garbage gun roundup this coming weekend.
A couple of things to note here. First, while the last “buyback” may have been a success in terms of spending money, it doesn’t appear to have had any impact whatsoever on violent crime. There were 44 homicides in the community last year, and a good number of them happened after the compensated confiscation back on November 20th, with the city reporting 35 homicides just two weeks before the end of the year. If anything homicides appear to have accelerated after the “buyback” was held, with at least ten homicides taking place in just the final two weeks of the year.
I don’t think there’s any reason to celebrate here, much less go back for another helping helping of failure, but these programs aren’t really judged for how much they reduce violent crime. Instead, the metric for most public officials is really “how much positive press did we get,” and in that the compensated confiscation events are generally a boost to politicians who want to seem like they’re doing something to address violent crime. If they can spend other people’s money to do so, all the better (for them, anyway).
According to the U.S. Treasury, the Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund has paid out more than $19-billion, primarily to “local governments typically serving a population under 50,000,” and clearly there aren’t many limitations on how the money can be spent, including on programs that have proven to be of no value whatsoever, as a 2021 study clearly demonstrated.
I’m sure that the supporters of Winston-Salem’s compensated confiscation effort will claim that the event is a valuable means of reducing violent crime, but if they followed the science they’d be forced to admit they’ve got no evidence to back up their assertions. Want to reduce shootings? Target violent criminals instead of inanimate objects. Want to put public relations over public safety? Hold a taxpayer-funded “gun buyback” and wait for the local media and gun control activists to praise your outside-the-box thinking.