CCRKBA SAYS DETROIT GUN ‘BUY BACK’ MAY HELP SOME KILLERS ESCAPE JUSTICE

Friday, August 4th, 2006

BELLEVUE, WA – A gun “buy back” staged this week by the Detroit, Mich. Police was so successful that it ran out of money, and the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) is concerned that it may have allowed some criminals to successfully get rid of their murder weapons.

“All of the guns taken in by this project will be melted down, no questions asked,” noted CCRKBA Chairman Alan M. Gottlieb. “That’s just swell. Detroit homicides are up 17 percent so far this year, and this program just might be letting some killer destroy the evidence that could put him or her behind bars. Brilliant, just brilliant!”

The Associated Press reported that as of July 31, there were 237 homicides in the Motor City. That’s up from 203 for the same period last year. If the pattern continues, there could be more than 400 murders by the end of this year.

“The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press both are reporting how delighted the police are that they’re getting such a great response to the gun turn-in program,” Gottlieb observed. “If you had killed somebody and the cops were promising to take your gun, no questions asked, and turn it into a boat anchor or something, you would definitely want to put a smile on the nearest cop’s face, especially if you got between $50 and $200 in the swap.

“We’re not sure what Police Chief Ella Bully-Cummings is thinking,” he added, “but she can’t be considering the possibility that a killer, or maybe several killers, are anonymously getting rid of the key piece of evidence that could link them to a violent crime.

“Aside from the fact that the term ‘buy back’ erroneously suggests that these guns were ever the property of the city, paying for surrendered firearms without even checking whether they and the people turning them in may be linked to a crime is monumentally stupid,” Gottlieb marveled. “We’ve watched this phenomenon for years in many cities, and every time, the backers of these publicity stunts indicate it is more important to get guns off the street than to possibly catch some criminal. That is both absurd and outrageous. People who fund these programs are proud of themselves when they ought to be ashamed.”