Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) is announcing a $250,000 city fund to support church and community sponsored gun buyback programs in Chicago.
The plan comes after Chicago’s “assault weapons” ban, “violence tax” on ammunition and firearms, and stringent regulations on gun stores have not only failed to reduce gun violence but are actually correlating with a surge in firearm-related homicides.
The Chicago Tribune reports there have been 2,439 shooting victims so far this year alone in Chicago.
According to ABC 7, Emanuel’s buyback funding opens the door for community groups to “apply to the Chicago Police Department” (CPD) and to “be responsible for organizing and advertising the event.” CPD personnel will help the groups “recover the guns at each event and provide cash cards for the guns people turn in.”
Boston has a similar buyback program, where they offer cards “valued from $100 to $200” for every gun turned in. The Boston Herald reports that they took in over “400” guns in varying conditions in 2014, but only took in one gun between January 1 and August 14 of this year.
On October 16 Breitbart News reported that Democrat presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton said the national gun buyback program implemented by Australia in the 1990s is “worth looking at” as it relates to gun policy in America. Clinton did not mention that Australia’s plan was a mandatory buyback scheme that resulted in the confiscation of approximately 650,000 firearms.
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