City governments are enticing people to turn in their guns for gift cards. Some counties are actually paying cash.
Mercer County, New Jersey, officials were able to purchase 2,500 weapons during its two-day buyback program. Residents turning in guns received from “$25 to $250 for each firearm depending on type, condition, and legality.” Do these buyback programs work? They’ve been going on for some time.
“About $100,000 was budgeted but because of the huge turnout, the amount spent is expected to be well over double that. Some participants were given vouchers after money ran out. . . .”
Are we to believe that criminals and nut jobs are turning in their guns? If they are, they’re probably doing it because the guns were stolen and/or they want to turn them in for better weapons.
In reality, the people turning in the guns are most likely the wrong people. Consider these comments from Alan Gottlieb, who is with the Second Amendment Foundation, made at a Seattle gun buyback program:
“The people turning the guns in are people getting their money for it, or their gift card, would have never misused the gun anyway. There’s no correlation between the safety on the streets and gun buybacks.”
Some free enterprising souls see an opportunity to purchase guns at bargain prices by setting up competing buyback programs. How many guns can you buy today that only cost $25? You just never know what you can get.
“One unexpected byproduct of the Saturday event [in Seattle] was that private buyers were hanging around outside and offering cash for some of the weapons intended for the buyback. That got under Seattle Mayor Mike Mcginn’s skin. ‘You got to see exactly what it means when we say there’s an unregulated gun market in the city of Seattle,’ McGinn said. ‘It was absolutely crazy what we saw out there.’”
The free enterprise buy-back programs could be the first step in non-violent resistance against the State. It’s an old Saul Alinksy tactic. Alinsky is the author of Rules for Radicals (1972) that has been the political playbook for liberals. Gumming up the system is the goal. Dr. Gary North writes about the method:
“Let me describe a classic Alinsky tactic. I wrote about it in 1983. A Christian college’s administration had allowed the students to invite Alinsky to speak. This was stupid. They soon learned just how stupid it was. Students came up to him after the lecture. They complained that nothing was allowed on campus. ‘What is allowed?’ he asked. ‘We can chew gum.’ ‘That's it,’ he said. He told them to buy lots of gum. ‘Keep chewing it. Spit it out the school sidewalks. Keep doing it, day after day. Tell the administration you will quit when it relaxes the other rules.’ It took one week.”
While Alinsky was a radical secular humanist, he understood human nature, the soft underbelly of competing worldviews, and the tactics necessary to bring about fundamental changes without ever firing a shot. Here are Alinsky's thirteen tactical rules:
- Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have.
- Never go outside the experience of your people.
- Wherever possible go outside the experience of the enemy.
- Make the enemy live up to their own book of rules.
- Ridicule is man's most potent weapon.
- A good tactic is one your people enjoy.
- A tactic that drags on too long is a drag.
- Keep the pressure on.
- The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.
- The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.
- If you push a negative hard and deep enough it will break through into its counter side.
- The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.
- Pick the target, freeze it, personalize and polarize it.