As reported, a gun buy back program was being run by Blue Island mayoral candidate Tommy Brown at the Redemption Theater, 12952 S. Western Ave, Blue Island, IL. It was shut down by the police after 30 minutes.
Blue Island Police Chief Douglas Hoglund shut down the event just 30 minutes after it began. Hoglund said the building didn’t have a business license and no one authorized by a law enforcement agency was there to take possession of the traded-in guns, making it a class 1 felony. Tommy Brown was warned beforehand by the city not to conduct the firearm trade-in event, but he went ahead anyway.
I’ve previously discussed the pointlessness of gun buy back programs, and this one is no different. Simply put, a criminal won’t give up their gun in exchange for $100. This is because they can easily make more money committing an armed robbery – and still get to keep their illegal gun. Also, criminals are generally reluctant to interact with the police or government officials, for fear of being caught and jailed. The net result is the guns turned in at such gun buy back programs are mostly non-functional pieces of junk that would not have been used in a crime anyway. Making matters worse, the money given out during these buy back programs could be used by criminals to buy a working gun, a knife, drugs, etc.
Gun buy back programs are just an irrational feel good measure or attempt to pander to the anti gun voters. Such politicians really would do better to address the true causes of crime, instead of using guns as a scapegoat and means for advancing their political careers. Hopefully the voters in Blue Island, Illinois will remember Tommy Brown’s conduct today, and vote against him.