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Gun-buyback programs don’t reduce crime in city

Mayor Byron Brown is once again taking his dog-and-pony show on the road as he announces yet another taxpayer-funded gun-buying program. In the July 24 edition of The News, the city claims it has netted 4,457 guns in the past six such fiascoes.

A fact that means what? Has crime been reduced? Are the streets safer? Are the police working less? The answer to all these questions is, no! That is because such programs do nothing other than make it look like politicians, who have run out of ideas, are doing something. As has been proven in countless other cities, criminals do not turn in their guns.

The article goes on to state the guns have been removed from city streets. The reality is the guns come from basements, garages and closets and are turned in by law-abiding citizens. On top of that, most of the “retrieved” guns are not the types being used to commit crimes. So why does the mayor continue this charade? And, more importantly, why are taxpaying voters putting up with it?

Bob Pfeiffer

Buffalo