In response to an uptick in violent gun crime over the past year, officials in Greensboro, N.C., decided to host a community event that included an opportunity for gun-owners to voluntarily relinquish their firearms. Such programs have been supported by gun control activists across the U.S. – including Democrat presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton, who publicly supported Australia’s mandatory gun buyback program.
While one report began with the assertion that “almost 1,000 people” showed up to the event, a number of pro-gun pundits are criticizing the media for providing a misleading representation. The National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action called out the Time-Warner Cable News Network for attempting to “put a positive spin on things” by touting the overall turnout.
Such language, the group stated, might lead readers to “believe that 1,000 firearms had been turned in, but this was hardly the case.”
In fact, there is no evidence that even one firearm was turned in during the program. The closest anyone came to giving up a weapon, reports indicate, was when one citizen opted to turn in a BB gun.
The aforementioned 1,000 attendees contributed to the event only by adding their signatures to a nonviolence pledge.
As it turns out, most American gun owners appear to be satisfied with their status and resist the government’s disarmament efforts. Even when Boston authorities decided to pay $200 for each gun turned in during a buyback program earlier this year, just one individual opted to take part in the exchange.