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(Local10 WPLG)   Miami police host a gun buy-back. 6000 guns turned in. Hang on, I'm getting a call...nevermind, make that 6 guns turned in. Yep, 6. Not 5, not 7, but 6. In 4 hours. 6   (local10.com) divider line 125
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2014-05-04 11:46:01 AM
Perhaps that's all that's there in the city.
 
2014-05-04 11:51:25 AM

colinspooky: Perhaps that's all that's there in the city.


Certainly in Little Haiti.  I don't think Miami has anything to worry about.
 
vpb [TotalFark]
2014-05-04 12:05:48 PM
Guns get a lot of use in Miami.
 
2014-05-04 12:55:39 PM
We really need a "no shiat" tag.

That's like hosting a gun-buyback in northern Idaho.
 
2014-05-04 01:58:50 PM
Nothing like blue-haired old ladies selling their late husband's old handguns for chump change.
 
2014-05-04 02:26:28 PM
Why would they? There's not really any consequences for having a gun in Florida any more.

/other than the occasional school shooting, but freedom, etc.
 
GBB
2014-05-04 04:00:33 PM
I'm going to go with "poor marketing".
 
2014-05-04 04:01:16 PM
In order to "buy back" something, don't you have to be the ones who sold it in the first place?
 
2014-05-04 04:01:38 PM
If it is a violence free gun, why bother?

If it is a gun with blood on it why trust the cops?
 
vpb [TotalFark]
2014-05-04 04:03:06 PM

The_Sponge: Nothing like blue-haired old ladies selling their late husband's old handguns for chump change.


They need them.  What happens if they see a black kid in a hoodie?
 
2014-05-04 04:03:50 PM
Such a great informative article. Could not make the effort to tell us how much the gift cards were worth.
 
2014-05-04 04:03:53 PM
Duh.  Who's going to bring their guns to a police buyback so the police can pass along their vitals to DHS and Fartbama's jackbooted SEIU thugs?  Huh?  Everybody's not dumb.
 
2014-05-04 04:04:37 PM
"He took my Skittles!"
No one said the guns had to be clean.
 
2014-05-04 04:04:42 PM
Only six people had guns so rusted/worn/otherwise broken that they were worth less than the buy back?
 
2014-05-04 04:04:51 PM

The_Sponge: Nothing like blue-haired old ladies selling their late husband's old handguns for chump change.


My grandmother sold my late grandfather's hunting shotguns before I had a chance to do anything.  I'm all but certain she was badly cheated.
 
2014-05-04 04:05:08 PM
With a name like Little Haiti, could be a an issue with trusting law enforcement?

Florida police, possible recent immigrants not so well off, that happen to have dark skin.
 
2014-05-04 04:05:21 PM
News article fails to say how much the gift card was for.

// value of gift card
 
2014-05-04 04:06:44 PM
If they offered a decent price maybe it would work but there's always someone on the street willing to pay more

/even with the numbers filed off
//and the taped grip
///slashies
 
2014-05-04 04:09:06 PM
The end of crime as we know it.
 
2014-05-04 04:09:29 PM
I bet they'd get a way better response if they paid for the guns with Oxys.
 
2014-05-04 04:09:32 PM

vpb: The_Sponge: Nothing like blue-haired old ladies selling their late husband's old handguns for chump change.

They need them.  What happens if they see a black kid in a hoodie?


JUSTICE.

Justice happens.
 
2014-05-04 04:10:07 PM

Mister Peejay: Only six people had guns so rusted/worn/otherwise broken that they were worth less than the buy back?


Which is still not a bad thing, from a civic pride perspective. I'm fine with giving a $25 gift card to someone who brings in a broken/rusted/non-functioning gun for disposal, and the occasional cleaning-out-the-dead's-things seller. They'll spend the money and the city gets to brag about making citizens safer (technically true, since a gun that doesn't work as the manufacturer intended could be dangerous).

Most places do "free prescription drug disposal day" or "free toxic chemical disposal day". Doing the same thing for guns is a relatively cheap way for the mayor to smile at a photo-op and make a couple of citizens more content.
 
Rat
2014-05-04 04:11:47 PM
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Exclusive footage of the front of the line.  Film at 11.

 
2014-05-04 04:13:35 PM
Some dude hanging out at the end of the line bought 40 guns that day.
His fellow gang members were ecstatic.
 
2014-05-04 04:17:16 PM

Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: Mister Peejay: Only six people had guns so rusted/worn/otherwise broken that they were worth less than the buy back?

Which is still not a bad thing, from a civic pride perspective. I'm fine with giving a $25 gift card to someone who brings in a broken/rusted/non-functioning gun for disposal, and the occasional cleaning-out-the-dead's-things seller. They'll spend the money and the city gets to brag about making citizens safer (technically true, since a gun that doesn't work as the manufacturer intended could be dangerous).

Most places do "free prescription drug disposal day" or "free toxic chemical disposal day". Doing the same thing for guns is a relatively cheap way for the mayor to smile at a photo-op and make a couple of citizens more content.


I'd love one of these "free" toxic chemical disposal days to happen around here where I could get a $25 gift card for each of the cans of triclor, thinner, paint, and brake cleaner hanging around in the garage.
 
2014-05-04 04:21:00 PM
6.

Really?

6 guns?

Mission Accomplished.
 
2014-05-04 04:22:16 PM
The important things is that they made some friends.
 
2014-05-04 04:23:00 PM
I would love to find a gun buyback to show up to with a fistful of cash.  There's a lot of money to be made....
 
2014-05-04 04:23:23 PM
Should have used the "Obvious" tag.
 
2014-05-04 04:23:39 PM
Miami police hold gun buy-back in Little Haiti


.....and this thread is over. Nothing to see here.
 
2014-05-04 04:26:39 PM
Maybe if they had offered free refreshments like coke and cupcakes, or maybe a bobble-head doll of the mayor the turnout may have been better.
 
2014-05-04 04:33:44 PM
I always enjoy stories where some youth group gathers up a bunch of old, broken rifles; turn them into these programs and then buy brand new guns.
 
2014-05-04 04:37:06 PM

jehovahs witness protection: Some dude hanging out at the end of the line bought 40 guns that day.
His fellow gang members were ecstatic.


I know you were trying to be snarky, but in reality, some gun collectors did show up at a gun buy back program last year and got themselves a number of fine collectables and paid far more than than police were offering.  All perfectly legal.
 
2014-05-04 04:43:06 PM
Well duh.

Guns are rather expensive. You don't buy guns unless you want them and you take care of them once you've bought them. Any kind of buy back program is silly. The only people who avail themselves of those are people with shiatty guns who want to make enough money to buy a better one.
 
2014-05-04 04:49:24 PM
This is the feel-good story of the day.
 
2014-05-04 05:03:16 PM
This is a consequence of the "buy-back" not being mandatory.
 
2014-05-04 05:15:29 PM

doglover: Well duh.

Guns are rather expensive. You don't buy guns unless you want them and you take care of them once you've bought them. Any kind of buy back program is silly. The only people who avail themselves of those are people with shiatty guns who want to make enough money to buy a better one.


Not quite true.  A lot of the guns turned into those programs were from people who inherited them, had no interest in guns, and didn't bother to get a real assessment of the value of the firearms.  A fifty dollar gift card sounds like a lot to a widow on a fixed income, but when it's a collectable, it's robbery.

Then there's the gun enthusiasts who go around collecting all the junk guns they can get their hands on to take advantage of these programs - so they can buy more guns.
 
2014-05-04 05:16:35 PM
I have to wonder what the value of the gift cards were.     I have  feeling they were low as compared to the cash value of the guns.

While i know the cops cannot afford to pay full value for the guns they need to offer enough to make it worth people making the trip and in cash as depending on your sponsors, the people trading in guns may not have use for the services and goods they offer.

Bottom line ash will always attract more people to a gun buy back than will gift cards/certificates.
 
2014-05-04 05:17:04 PM

Dimensio: This is a consequence of the "buy-back" not being mandatory.


A mandatory program would be unconstitutional.
 
2014-05-04 05:17:29 PM

grimlock1972: I have to wonder what the value of the gift cards were.     I have  feeling they were low as compared to the cash value of the guns.

While i know the cops cannot afford to pay full value for the guns they need to offer enough to make it worth people making the trip and in cash as depending on your sponsors, the people trading in guns may not have use for the services and goods they offer.

Bottom line

cash will always attract more people to a gun buy back than will gift cards/certificates.

fixed that for my self,

/wishes we could edit our own posts.
 
2014-05-04 05:19:53 PM

OgreMagi: jehovahs witness protection: Some dude hanging out at the end of the line bought 40 guns that day.
His fellow gang members were ecstatic.

I know you were trying to be snarky, but in reality, some gun collectors did show up at a gun buy back program last year and got themselves a number of fine collectables and paid far more than than police were offering.  All perfectly legal.


Oh, I know this is true. Only thing is, they have buy backs in areas that you don't enter if you have a pocket full of cash.
 
2014-05-04 05:21:13 PM

OgreMagi: doglover: Well duh.

Guns are rather expensive. You don't buy guns unless you want them and you take care of them once you've bought them. Any kind of buy back program is silly. The only people who avail themselves of those are people with shiatty guns who want to make enough money to buy a better one.

Not quite true.  A lot of the guns turned into those programs were from people who inherited them, had no interest in guns, and didn't bother to get a real assessment of the value of the firearms.  A fifty dollar gift card sounds like a lot to a widow on a fixed income, but when it's a collectable, it's robbery.

Then there's the gun enthusiasts who go around collecting all the junk guns they can get their hands on to take advantage of these programs - so they can buy more guns.


Either way, it's another example of bad police work.
 
2014-05-04 05:24:56 PM
Did the cops have to go through a round of background checks?
 
2014-05-04 05:27:09 PM
I'm hosting a gun give-me event. Give me all of your guns and walk away satisfied.
 
2014-05-04 05:30:27 PM

BravadoGT: I would love to find a gun buyback to show up to with a fistful of cash.  There's a lot of money to be made....


I bought a Ruger 10/22 from a lady for $40 when I was registering a handgun.  It had been sitting in a closet so long the muzzle was rusty/crusty from whatever had settled on it for the previous decades. I crudely recrowned the barrel bought a magazine and it was fine.  They were going to give it to the cops for disposal, so it was a win for everyone.
 
2014-05-04 05:33:17 PM

lordargent: News article fails to say how much the gift card was for.

// value of gift card


From a Miami Herald article: In total, three shotguns, two rifles and one handgun were turned in. The gift cards, for places including Target and Publix, ranged in value from $25 to $200, depending on the type of gun.
 
2014-05-04 05:34:11 PM

grimlock1972: grimlock1972: I have to wonder what the value of the gift cards were.     I have  feeling they were low as compared to the cash value of the guns.

While i know the cops cannot afford to pay full value for the guns they need to offer enough to make it worth people making the trip and in cash as depending on your sponsors, the people trading in guns may not have use for the services and goods they offer.

Bottom line cash will always attract more people to a gun buy back than will gift cards/certificates.

fixed that for my self,

/wishes we could edit our own posts.


I though you were making some weird Army of Darkness reference that I wasn't getting.
 
2014-05-04 05:37:47 PM
I love how politicians hail these buy-backs as getting dangerous guns off the streets. More often than not, its either

A) A completely non-functional fun
B) a gun that was inherited that has no possibility of being used in a crime.

Yes, we're going to affect that murder rate immediately by wasting precious city dollars on these programs. How about we host a "gift card for not killing someone on Wednesday" program. It could be just as affective.
 
2014-05-04 05:38:57 PM
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2014-05-04 05:43:20 PM

jjorsett: In order to "buy back" something, don't you have to be the ones who sold it in the first place?


Stop bringing logic into a gun-control thread. It has no place here.
 
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