Gifts For Guns

Posted: October 13, 2009 in Nitegator

Myron Lowery has done his sixth Gifts for Guns skit this week. The program allowed a gun owner to turn in a gun for a $100 gift card from Kroger or from the New York Suit Exchange. “These guns will never kill or harm anyone,” Lowery said. I guess Lowery haven’t noticed, people are killed with all kinds of weapons. Knives, ropes, screwdrivers, baseball bats, bricks, and wood boards like Chicago teen Darrion Albert. Lowery are you going to start Gifts for Knives, Gifts for Ropes, Gifts for 2×4’s or are you just sticking to attacking Guns. Last time I checked, a person can walk in any store and purchase a knife, rope, 2×4 with out a background check.

Look at Monday’s crime report Memphis police have charged Christopher Norfleet with second-degree murder in the killing of Earnest McGee. According to police, Norfleet’s girlfriend and others were involved in a fight. Norfleet pulled a knife and started to enter the fray. Norfleet then stabbed McGee four or five times, sending him to the hospital, where he later died. NO GUN. Memphis police are looking for Herman McKinley, as a suspect in a Sept. 23 homicide. Herman McKinley shooting Toby Gladney in the Claiborne Homes complex. GUN. Leo Johnson is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Ivory Calhoun. Police believe Calhoun and Johnson were involved in an altercation, at which time the suspect strangled the victim. NO GUN. Stabbing, Gun, Strangling. About 160 guns were turn in Saturday. Throughout the years more than 2,000 guns have been collected. Look at the crime statics of Memphis the past 10 years one would see this program has not effected the gun crimes in the city. Today two people were shot. I guess the shooters didn’t need that $100 gift card from Kroger or the New York Suit Exchange so they decided to keep their guns.

Lowery has good intentions, but he is fighting an issue that will not be solved by giving somebody a couple of dollars for a weapon. First, a criminal will not turn in his tool. Second, a person that want to harm someone will use what ever they can find. If you ask anybody on the street how criminals get guns you’re likely to hear “They steal them” Wrong. According to Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) most guns used in crimes are not stolen out of private gun owners’ homes and cars. Stolen guns account for only about 10% to 15% of guns used in crimes. (Click Here) Because when they want guns they want them immediately the wait is usually too long for a weapon to be stolen and find its way to a criminal.”

Don’t be fool with these “Done With Guns” phrases. They sound great and true, if only one gun is removed from the street, lives will have been saved and it will be worth it. That is TRUE in the criminal’s hand. If you can get the gun from a criminal who is willing to use that gun to shoot his/her victim. Most of those who are in a position to provide information on guns are themselves gang members or those who are involved in illegal activities. There are easier ways to make $100 than by calling Crime Stoppers. Criminals don’t wait in line to surrender their guns for a few bucks or a suit from New York Suit Exchange, BE FOR REAL HERE! Many decent citizens lawfully keep firearms in their homes for protection against home invasion and burglary. To suggest that they disarm leaves them vulnerable to horrific crimes perpetrated by vicious criminals.

These gun “Buyback” programs have been around for almost 25 years. Piles of weapons are handed over to the police for a few dollars every year. They make great photographs, but repeated studies of politically popular gun buyback programs across the country have found no detectable effect on violent crime or in firearms deaths. These programs attract the wrong weapon. Most buyback programs have a potent political appeal. At most, they take 1% to 2% of guns out of a community, and the guns collected are among the least likely to be used for violence. The gun owners who turn in their weapons tend to be middle-age or elderly. Street criminals tend to be adolescents and young adults. Also, In any case, surveys of the people who turn in their weapons frequently find they have additional guns at home they intend to keep. Would you turn in your gun for $100 gift card from Kroger or the New York Suit Exchange?

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hell No! I'm glad you mentioned knives and bats. Great post.

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