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house Bill H.R. 1279

Should the Feds Buy People’s Guns to Reduce Gun Ownership?

Argument in favor

Gun ownership in the U.S. is much higher than in any other country in the world. Offering cash for firearms buybacks will encourage some — though not all — gun owners to voluntarily sell their firearms back. This program would also benefit communities, as the debit cards from this program would be spent in local economies, serving as a mini stimulus.

04/25/2019
Yes. Gun buybacks with gun ownership restrictions laws is a good plan. Let’s do this.
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Kodiwodi's Opinion
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04/26/2019
I am a gun owner. This is a VOLUNTARY PROGRAM which does not bring up a Second Amendment issue. The program could be useful in ending child on child gun accidents, parent and child accidents, reduce the ability to obtain guns through robbery or burglary, remove some guns with crimes or bodies on them and help close cold cases. It might even put a dent in reducing school shootings by reducing access to guns availability in the home. I don’t believe a word the NRA spouts, In fact they cannot come to agreement among themselves and could soon be splitting into factions. A gun buyback program is a very good start to curbing this gun obsessed country’s need for an Arsenal and may stop death. The guns would need to be destroyed upon collection.
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burrkitty's Opinion
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04/26/2019
Buying is a useful and effective tool to fairly reduce the number of weapons on the street. Set a good price and people will happily sell them. Pawn shops and second hand shops are full of weapons that have been sold for quick cash. Buy up all that stock too. I’m sure the brokers would be happy to have a guaranteed buyer to get rid of stuff that won’t sell. Just make sure that the weapons are destroyed after the ATF gets them. Don’t resell them overseas. There’s no 2nd amendment conflict with this. People can sell if they want too. Perfect capitalism solution. If anything, the amount going to the program is far too low.
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Argument opposed

Since cash is fungible, a gun buyback program won’t necessarily decrease gun ownership or improve public safety. While the debit cards that people get from selling their guns back can’t be used to buy guns directly, the extra cash in sellers’ pockets from this program can be used to buy guns and ammunition.

JTJ's Opinion
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04/25/2019
No, quit spending money we don’t have. How do you rationalize this to reduce gun crimes anyway?
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Ian's Opinion
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04/26/2019
No. Spend the money on education. Better education reduces crime.
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Alex 's Opinion
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04/25/2019
SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED. Supporters of this bill are advocates of denying written rights. This is disgusting and a perversion of our government.
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      house Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security
    IntroducedFebruary 14th, 2019
    Yes. Gun buybacks with gun ownership restrictions laws is a good plan. Let’s do this.
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    No, quit spending money we don’t have. How do you rationalize this to reduce gun crimes anyway?
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    No. Spend the money on education. Better education reduces crime.
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    SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED. Supporters of this bill are advocates of denying written rights. This is disgusting and a perversion of our government.
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    Absolutely not. Congress seems to think that “government” has money. It doesn’t. The fact is, government robs citizens through taxation and monetary inflation via central banking. Worse still, it accumulates debts and interest which citizens are expected to pay. It’s not only irresponsible, it’s criminal. It needs to stop! The reprobates in congress need to be impeached and tried for violating the oath of office if not for treason.
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    Our Tax Dollars must never be used to deny a Citizen of his/her rights. Buying guns is another ploy to rob America of her rights.
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    Here we go again with the anti gun wack jobs. To all the uninformed idiots, we have a constitutional right to bear arms for just this reason. It keeps dishonest politicians from thinking they can eradicate our constitution. The lefties and their hidden agenda is obviously to convert our government type to socialism and eventually communism. The right to bear arms allows patriotic citizens to quell such uprisings if need be. Having lived in the Democrap run BS State of Illinois it’s been proven that when law abiding citizens have their guns taken away then only criminals carry guns. The criminal element loves it when they know someone living in Chicago can’t defend themselves with lethal force as they break into your home. The past criminal governors and mayors of Illinois have made sure criminals have free reign to harm/kill citizens and assassinate police officers and firemen. I’m glad I moved to Florida! Chicago and Detroit are proof why Democrats have no clue how to run a city let alone a country. MAGA!!! Build the wall ASAP!
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    Why in the world would anyone think that reducing gun ownership is a good idea? The fact of the matter is that as gun ownership and concealed carry has increased over the decades, violent crime has declined. More guns, less crime! Gun-buy-backs have been abysmal failures: people trade in old and or broken guns, take the money and upgrade to a new gun. The junk guns that people sell to the taxpayer (the actual payee) is amazing.
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    NO. 2nd Amendment!!!! Another Scam to disarm law abiding citizens by the DNC. #walkaway.
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    I am a gun owner. This is a VOLUNTARY PROGRAM which does not bring up a Second Amendment issue. The program could be useful in ending child on child gun accidents, parent and child accidents, reduce the ability to obtain guns through robbery or burglary, remove some guns with crimes or bodies on them and help close cold cases. It might even put a dent in reducing school shootings by reducing access to guns availability in the home. I don’t believe a word the NRA spouts, In fact they cannot come to agreement among themselves and could soon be splitting into factions. A gun buyback program is a very good start to curbing this gun obsessed country’s need for an Arsenal and may stop death. The guns would need to be destroyed upon collection.
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    This is one of the stupidest ideas I've ever read. I must add that this would be akin to someone turning their car into the government because someone else drove drunk and killed someone. It literally makes no sense and would-in no way-change the outcome of any mass murder event. If someone is intent on killing another human being (or beings), they will do it. Cane killed Abel with a rock.
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    Buying is a useful and effective tool to fairly reduce the number of weapons on the street. Set a good price and people will happily sell them. Pawn shops and second hand shops are full of weapons that have been sold for quick cash. Buy up all that stock too. I’m sure the brokers would be happy to have a guaranteed buyer to get rid of stuff that won’t sell. Just make sure that the weapons are destroyed after the ATF gets them. Don’t resell them overseas. There’s no 2nd amendment conflict with this. People can sell if they want too. Perfect capitalism solution. If anything, the amount going to the program is far too low.
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    I’m sorry but you can’t fix stupid. The gun wackos would just look to their gun god for bigger and better guns. The new fix all. I own guns myself but the last thing that I would ever want to use them for is kill. This new right wing Militia things anyone who disagrees with them should be shot. That’s downright crazy dangerous.
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    The criminal is never going to sell his gun to the government. I can’t imagine that if someone owns a gun who didn’t want it any more hasn’t sold it already. The people that loves to target practice and hunt wouldn’t sell our guns anyway. I worry that if the government eventually got rid of all the guns from the general population, they could do anything they wanted. History has taught us that.
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    No. As a responsible gun owner.. they can’t afford my guns.
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    Never.
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    I might have guessed who presented this Bill a person who does not work for living. No real idea of who and how people get illegal guns. Do not use my tax dollars for something this ignorant.
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    A stupid waste of tax dollars. You really think criminals will turn in their guns for cash? What will keep criminals from using that money to buy a better gun? This is a stupid politically correct showboating stunt.
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    Keep your hands off my guns and God given rights which were secured with blood in battle. You want a civil war just try to take away our guns and confiscate them , see what that gets you. #MAGA
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    Criminals won’t sell their guns. At least not to the government. Law abiding citizens should keep their guns. It’s suspicious when government wants to remove guns from its citizens. We have the right to bear arms for our protection from criminals and an out of control government!
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