The police and mayor’s office call it a great victory over street violence since some of the weapons were what they call “assault weapons”in California. The rest of us know them as semiautomatic rifles that look like military rifles. But there’s no real proof that gun buybacks work.
Reuters reports: “While officials in Los Angeles and elsewhere have said the gun buybacks help keep streets safe, a 2004 report by the National Research Council of the National Academies questioned that conclusion.
“Among the report's findings were that guns surrendered in buybacks tend to be old or inherited from previous owners, and not likely to be used in crime. Also, gun owners find it easy to replace their firearms, according to the report, which was titled Firearms and Violence: A Critical Review.”
Among the guns collected in Los Angeles, police say, were 901 handguns, 698 rifles, and 363 shotguns. Seventy-five firearms were semi-automatic rifles resembling military weapons.
- Dr. Gatling