The Gun Buyback That May Not Have Turned Out Well.

The City of Baltimore has started a “gun buyback” program.

The actual research on whether these types of programs is mixed, with many studies showing that the programs are not effective.

One woman, however, decided to use the money from turning in a weapon for an interesting purpose.

The 9mm handgun appears to be semi-automatic which means that the woman would have been given $250 for the weapon. According to Fox45:

Twenty-five dollars for rifle magazines that carry more than 10 rounds, one-hundred dollars for revolvers, pump and bolt action weapons, two-hundred dollars for semi-automatic weapons and five-hundred dollars for full-auto weapons.

We don’t follow gun prices at all, but it seems to us that $250 is a good start to a better, larger weapon.

There are other ways to game the system as well. For example, the city is offering $25 for every “hi-capacity” magazine turned in. Some digging from Daniel J. Mitchell of the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) discovered that such a “hi-capacity” magazine can be purchased online for about $12. The $13 in profit may not seem like much money to some, but it can be the difference between paying for food, rent, a bill, or even a Christmas gift.

Thanks City Council for a great plan on the backs of the taxpayers!

What makes this all the more interesting is that Baltimore just experienced their 300th homicide of the year. That is not a threshold that any city wants to make. It marks a continuing terrible trend in the city:

This is the forth year Baltimore has seen at least 300 homicides — 2017 and 2015 ended with 342 homicide, while 2016 ended with 318.

In 2017, the murder rate was higher than that of the city of Chicago.

Baltimore’s skyrocketing gun violence has made residents more than twice as likely to be shot to death than Chicagoans, according to current 2017 crime statistics.

Chicago has suffered 503 gun homicides so far in 2017. With a population of over 2.7 million, the gun homicide rate is at just over 18 people per 100,000 residents.

Baltimore, however, has suffered 275 gun homicides with a population of just over 621,000, putting the homicide rate at more than 44 per 100,000. The city is on track to break its all-time murder record originally set in 1992, when Baltimore had 100,000 more residents.

While we would not say that the conduct of others is justification for the illegal actions of people, the City is not helped by the fact that the police department is full of corruption.

Similar to Chicago, Baltimore’s police department is under heavy scrutiny for misconduct, with eight officers implicated in schemes to falsify evidence by planting drugs at crime scenes. As a result, State Attorney Marilyn Mosby has thrown out more than 100 cases connected with the officers and is reviewing 850 more.

The drug planting incident came after the FBI launched a probe into the Police Force. Ironically, as far as the gun buy back program goes, at least 6 officers have been convicted of charges including racketeering conspiracy, racketeering and Hobbs Act robbery charges. Those officers were part of an “elite” “Gun Trace Task Force.”

In addition, former City Police Commissioner Darryl De Sousa entered a plea deal for tax evasion.

De Sousa was appointed to the position after the Mayor fired Police Commissioner Kevin Davis:

Mayor Catherine Pugh fired Baltimore’s top cop Friday, saying she had grown “impatient” with Commissioner Kevin Davis’ inability to stem the historic pace of killings in the city now stretching into a third year.

She named Deputy Commissioner Darryl D. De Sousa, the top commander in the Police Department’s patrol bureau, as Davis’ replacement, effective immediately, and said she would ask the City Council to make the appointment permanent.

Davis was hired after the Freddie Gray incident and the subsequent rioting in Baltimore when police were told to “stand down” and not impede or arrest rioters as the looted and burned sections of the City.

Davis was appointed acting commissioner in July 2015, after then-Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake fired former Commissioner Anthony Batts just as the current surge in violence was getting underway. At the time, the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray from injuries suffered in police custody and the subsequent rioting that April was still fresh.

In short, Baltimore has no police leadership and the corruption within the department is entrenched.

No wonder people feel the need to purchase larger and better weapons as the police are incapable of enforcing the law and not trustworthy.

Until Baltimore can make police and the City employees accountable for their actions, citizens will simply do what they feel they have to in order to protect themselves.

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