I spent over 4 hours at the College Park gun buy back (early 2013) that the local news spent at best 15 minutes setting up and less than 5 getting "the story". Taking guns off the streets to save lives!
Really? The far majority of the sellers were middle aged or over with guns that they couldn't get $20-$40 for but at the buy back were given $100 or more. I spoke to about 3/4 of the crowd and met two former Korean War Vets. The majority were honest folks with crap guns getting paid 2-3 times what they worth. This was good as many of these folks were on a limited income and could use the money. The money ran out early and one lady a bit too late pulled up. I informed her it was over and asked what she brought. She said it was just a "sissy gun" and showed it to me. A cheap .22 pot metal $30 gun with pink grips. Her intent was to sell it for $100 and use the money to get a real gun, better for self-defense.
Honestly this is just a PR stunt. The truth will only be known by those who showed up and observed the operation. They will show the rare, while ignoring the far majority, in order to form a political statement or stance.
Check your facts, Mayor Reed has been a member of Bloomberg's MAIG long before last December. I contacted him about that poor choice and outlined why but he ignored it as I'm just a simple common average citizen.
The irony is the NCCPA is supporting gun control and early gun control (Jim Crow laws) was initiated due to freed slaves with "rights" (2nd amendment). The NAACP and others naively have bought into the "more guns=more crime" false claim. Repeat a lie often enough and people will believe it. Honest armed citizens are an asset to a free society.
Decades of criminology studies reflect that when onerous laws that prohibit, restrict and outright ban are dictated to the honest citizens that crime actually rises. There are over 20,000 gun laws now to "regulate" the right to not be infringed. Best to educate yourself on the "honest" facts then make an informed decision. We could do more, identifying at risk low income inner city youth and providing them with the skills to aspire to something more than a gangster or drug dealer-where most of the "gun violence" numbers arise from but that's more difficult than marching forward on the gun ban wagon....
Just facts: http://www.justfacts.com/guncontrol.asp
The racist roots of gun control: http://www.firearmsandliberty.com/cramer.r…
"I can only judge this place on its other qualities -- and frankly, by those other qualities, it looks pretty good: They consulted with the neighborhood; they honored the Beltline Overlay; they established sound-proofing on the range; they didn't request a zoning variance; and their land use (with parking in back and a pedestrian-friendly approach) is exemplary. And with their classrooms and their focus on safety and law-enforcement, it's the kind of place I might someday enter to get a better understanding of the perspective of the other side."
If this is still about a shooting range attempting to play by the rules and will actually create a business (income/taxes) that provides training and a safe (state inspected) area to practice in order to become proficient with their firearm then I think it is a good thing. Using the "think about the children" is expected from someone of low intellect and not well informed as it applies to establishing a new gun range.
About half of America has a gun in the home. Offering a safe place to become educated and train is never a bad thing. On the other hand condemning it and denying a person access is beyond ignorant and biased. In fact it would reduce "public safety" by denying the minimal amount of training (safety-gun handling) that this facility is well known to offer the public.
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