Such that I’m all peace / love and wistful as I accept Hillary…. I’m not giving an inch in this area. I approve of the gaming.
Couple things that are worth establishing in the name of truth….
There’s no way PUC distributed $25k in gift cards for gun buybacks like the Strib article states.
Ya know, PUC has the name ‘Pillsbury’ in it, and it’s like the casual reader is supposed to take an implication that big philanthropist $ went into this. No. PUC is a little urban non-prof with a neighborhood mission. Maybe they got dedicated funding from a foundation up the ladder, but they don’t have $25k to spend on this or something remotely like this, as an operational rule they spend $ on their core functions. Not. This. Reality, $25k in good urban-non prof money doesn’t get made into a pile and set on fire OK, it doesn’t get allocated for a gun buyback. Clincher of that truth: PUC page makes donation requests for gun buyback funds…. That’s a pretty big signal that identifies the buyback’s real funding mechanism.
So there is a bit of chatter on some local gunny boards on what transpired. It seems that say the first 5 people in line at the respective north and south fire stations got compensated. Which is to say, PUC accrued like $2000 or a little more in donations for the event and exchanged it for guns first come first serve…. and then they were out.
Most of the guns were scrap and junk, and such that they were, a lot of people didn’t bother taking them back home even though they wouldn’t get a gift card. So it’s asserted the buyback collected a total count of about 150 guns (irrespective and conflated with the number of those actually paid…), and an extrapolated amount of $25k is transmitted through the undiscerning / unknowledgeable / dupe / collaborating reporter at the Star Tribune.
You go up there to that FOX story, and you got a picture of a zip gun a guy built to turn in… a section of cast iron water pipe that a 12g shotgun shell fits into, this taped to a pine 2 x 4 stock. Guy apparently got one of the greater value gift cards for this thing, with the coppers acting as ‘safety officers’ apparently not offering any of their practical insight to the buyback people.
Its bullshit. You either believe PUC misspent $25k like this all day long or you believe it all petered out after a couple ridiculous transactions done as publicity stunt. I don’t actually believe PUC misspent $25k in good money alright. I don’t think that happens as a matter of reality.
Which is also to say, they didn’t run out of money as a function of demand or success. They ran out of money because they barely had any to give out for buybacks in the first place.
We gunnies are very oppositional eh, and we claim we claim anti-gunners liars a lot… Well, they’re lying.