Do Gun Buybacks Work?
Article from Reason by Jon Stokes.
Gun bans are back in the news again, with the 2020 Democratic field lining up behind the (old, already-tried-and-failed) idea of a ban on the AR-15, the AK-47, and any other gun that looks remotely “military.”
The most aggressive recent version of this proposal was floated by a certain Texan who’s currently sinking in the polls, and it includes a mandatory buyback. When asked if he plans to actually take away people’s guns, Beto O’Rourke replied: “I want to be really clear that that’s exactly what we are going to do. Americans who own AR-15s, AK-47s, will have to sell them to the government.”
Meghan McCain’s response to O’Rourke on The View—”if you’re talking about taking people’s guns from them, there’s going to be a lot of violence”—and Tucker Carlson’s subsequent pile-on (that it’ll spark a “new Civil War”) sent the usual suspects straight to the fainting couch, pearls in hand.
Media Matters has already put out two pieces on the remarks, one focused on Carlsonand a breathless followup focused more generally on “right-wing media” reactions to the proposed gun ban. HuffPost reporter Zach Carter accused McCain of “mainstreaming apocalyptic thinking.” (One wonders what he thinks of HuffPostheadlines like “Are We Heading Toward Extinction?“) Crooks & Liars amped everything up another notch by claiming Carlson’s rhetoric about the danger of gun confiscation is itself dangerous.
Read the entire article at Reason.
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