Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Seattle Gun Buy-back Turns into a GUN SHOW!

I love this (mild language warning at the link) for so many reasons:

Police officers in Seattle, Washington held their first gun buyback program in 20 years this weekend, underneath interstate 5, and soon found that private gun collectors were working the large crowd as little makeshift gun shows began dotting the parking lot and sidewalks. Some even had “cash for guns” signs prominently displayed.

I love that an anti-gun plan did not work out quite as planned, that it resulted in an impromptu GUN SHOW in Seattle of all places. 

I like the demonstration of how the free markets work better for everyone than government substitutes.  Gun collectors got guns.  Gun sellers got more than $100 to $200 “chump cards” (or IOUs when those ran out) and got to get out of a long buy-back line.  As one buyer said, “Why not offer them cash versus a gift card? I’m still taking the guns off the streets; they’re just going in my safe.”


(For those who are wondering, the all caps “GUN SHOW” is a tip of the hat to those wonderful GUN SHOW billboards we see sometimes. . . here in flyover country, not in Seattle.)

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