On Tuesday, Townhall posted an article about a recent gun buyback event in Houston, Texas. One resident made very clear what he thought of the event.
The article reports:
Over the weekend, Houston’s Democrat Mayor Sylvester Turner held a gun buyback event in a church parking lot where residents could turn in their firearms and receive a gift card ranging from $50 to $200 with no questions asked. According to the Mayor’s announcement, the funds provided to those turning in firearms came from the American Rescue Plan — aka American taxpayers — and the amount-per-firearm was $50.00 for a non-functioning firearm, $100.00 for a rifle or shotgun, $150.00 for a handgun, and $200.00 for a fully automatic rifle.
The American spirit of entrepreneurship was present:
One man showed up to the buyback with dozens of 3D-printed firearms, and Houston authorities had no choice but to accept them and hand over gift cards in return. The real kicker: it only cost the man $3 to print each firearm, of which he made 62, and received $50 per 3D-printed gun for a total of nearly $3,000 in gift cards.
FOX 26 caught up with the man, who remained anonymous, and asked him why he 3D-printed a bunch of firearms to sell back to Houston authorities. “The goal was not personal profit, but to send [Houston leaders] a message about spending $1 million tax dollars on something that has no evidence of any effect on crime,” he said.
The city has evidently learned from its experience.
The article concludes:
Before others think of taking advantage of Houston’s latest attempt to get firearms off the street, FOX 26 reported that Houston’s mayor won’t allow 3D-printed firearms at future buyback events. “We’re going to exclude those next time around,” the mayor said. “This is a program designed for people who want to voluntarily relinquish their guns,” he emphasized, despite that technically being what the creative 3D firearm maker did.
You have to love the creativity of the American people!