The Correct Response To A Gun Buyback

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!

Change Is Coming

I am not yet ready to go on the record to say that Republicans will sweep the House and the Senate next year. I have no idea how well the election will be run and what rules will be followed. However, I can say that if I were a Democrat, I would be worried.

On Monday, Hot Air posted an article about a run-off school board election in Houston, Texas.

The article reports:

It’s a start. In run-off elections for Houston ISD board trustees, two conservatives defeated their incumbent Democrat opponents. National politics look to have influenced voters as they rejected hot button issues like Critical Race Theory and face mask mandates in Houston public schools. Both conservative candidates used the issues on the campaign trail.

There has not been conservative representation on the HISD school board since 2019. It is a nine-member board so clearly, two conservatives are in the minority. It is good news to simply have them on the board. This looks to be another bad sign for Democrats as the midterm elections next November loom in the background. Frustrated voters are not only in blue states like Virginia but also in blue cities like Houston. HISD is the largest public school system in Texas and one of the largest in the United States. It is crucial for conservatives to have representation on the school board.

The elections are not supposed to be partisan but everyone knows which party the candidates are associated with during the campaigns. Local Democrats, including County Judge Lina Hidalgo, endorsed candidates in the run-off elections. These races are like the mayor’s race or the county judge’s race – they, too, are supposed to be non-partisan but party affiliations are clear. Typically the HISD trustee run-off elections don’t get a large turn-out and that was the case Saturday. One Republican won by less than 100 votes.

This is a wake-up call to parents out there–turnout matters. The race was decided by less than 100 votes. If you care about your children’s education, please get involved. Your involvement can make a difference in the education of your child and other children in your town or city.

The article concludes:

School board elections aren’t exciting, as a rule. Now, however, with the controversy of CRT in the forefront and pandemic mandates, many parents and grandparents are getting involved. The importance of school board decisions is no longer being overlooked. If a deep blue city like Houston can see those results, it bodes well for other places, too. It’s a start.