LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gun buybacks a criminal’s dream

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When an idea sounds too good to be true, it probably is. This applies especially to gun buyback programs (“Gun buyback program won’t end violence,” Web, Jan. 2). These programs are simply evidence of loopholes created by feel-good bureaucrats, and they are perfect opportunities to legally dispose of weapons that may have been used to commit violent crimes.

If you’re a criminal, there are precious few times you can commit a crime, give the police your gun and then receive a “gift certificate.” That’s exactly what happens with the no-questions-asked gun buyback programs. Serial killers, robbers and gangbangers who have been hiding their rusty, old Saturday night specials or assault weapons in the backyard for the past 10 years suddenly have an opportunity to dig them up and exchange crime-scene evidence for cash or a Wal-Mart gift certificate.

When the only evidence linking a suspect to a crime can now be purchased by law enforcement or municipalities, who says crime doesn’t pay?

DALE LOWDERMILK

Santa Barbara, Calif.

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