River Raven, gun buy backs don't work. (I won't even go into the logical disconnect of “buying back” something they didn't sell in the first place!)
The far more effective solution is to learn to defend yourself and that includes arming yourself. It is not the police's job to be your personal body guard! Their job is to investigate crimes after the fact. If enough of the good guys (that’s us, btw) can defend ourselves – with lethal force if necessary – then the bad guys will look for easier targets somewhere else. If, on the other hand, as here in Massachusetts, the bad guys know that the vast majority of their potential victims have been conveniently rendered defenseless for them by our own government, they will be emboldened to commit more numerous and ever more brutal crimes. Evidence of that simple fact can be found in the pages of this very newspaper every single day.
The only way we can stop the cycle of violence is by the good guys being able to meet violence with equal or greater violence against the violent criminals. If we choose to be passive and continue to be unable to defend ourselves those violent criminals will continue to victimize us. It is up to each and every one of us not to let them.
You know, it’s amazing how fast three or four gangbangers will turn tail and run when they find themselves staring down the barrel of a .38 snubby in the hands of someone they thought was a frail defenseless senior citizen!
CBL: Cat Box Liner. What the publishers of same would like us to call a Newspaper. I wish I could recall which of the numerous blogs I read on a fairly regular basis I absconded with that phrase from so I could give credit (blame?) where due.