Via email from Willi S.:
Participating in a gun buy back because you believe that the criminals have too many guns is like having yourself castrated because you believe that the neighbors have too many kids.
Willi doesn’t know the originator and a quick search revealed it’s been around for a while with no good attribution.
And on a more serious note don’t ever forget this one from Steve Levitt:
Gun buybacks are one of the most ineffectual public policies that have ever been invented in the history of mankind.
But, if you can find one and its legal to do so, its a GREAT place for deals.
And with a simple set of directions, soon to be published, you can make a .38 cal zip gun for about $10 to turn in for the $100 K-Mart card.
Hey, that’s right – 3D printers CAN make valuable guns!
Mostly, gun “buy backs” are to reinforce the notion that guns are a cause of problems.
It’s very much the same thing as putting on a “Turn in a Jew” day. Out a Jew and get a 100 dollar credit. You can come up with any number of other examples. It’s social programming.