The mayor of the city of Miami is launching something he sees as “innovative” that would allegedly take guns off the streets and address “gun violence in America.”
Frances Suarez announced on Monday that his office is launching a “city-wide voluntary gun buyback program that will take guns off the streets and send them to Ukraine.”
The mayor also described the initiative as “really innovative” and noted that he had “never heard of anyone do this.”
In a press conference, Suarez peddled his new plan as an “ingenious idea” and sees it as an effective way to help cut down gun violence in the United States – by sending the same guns to Ukraine.
It is a wonder that nobody told him that in fact gun buybacks have happened before – in Australia and New Zealand – where law-abiding citizens had their guns confiscated and then reimbursed by their government.
The criminals, however, did not give up their guns and the result in both countries was a disarmed, vulnerable population, at the mercy of armed thugs and even worse, an armed government that they had no way to defend themselves against.
“Both with mass shootings and urban gun violence, to take guns off our streets, and give them to people who really need them, I think is brilliant–so, instead of buying back our guns to discard them, we’re going to be sending them to the war in Ukraine.” Suarez said.
Apparently, the event is a “a great way to show your support in the fight against gun violence,” and authorities claimed on the city of Miami’s official “Guns 4 Ukraine” page that “turning in a gun during the gun buyback provides the safety and security of knowing that the weapon will be properly disposed of or reallocated for use in support of Ukraine.”
Those who do decide to sell their guns, with a guaranteed “no questions asked,” can expect to only get a tiny amount of the actual value of the firearm.
Residents who turn in sidearms will receive a $50 gift card, a shotgun will get you a $100 gift card and if you happen to have a “high-powered rifle” which include AK-47s and AR-15s, expect to get a gift card for $150, despite these firearms ranging in price from $500 to over $2000.
It does not sound like much of an incentive to turn over those firearms for the measly amount offered, the only people who could make any money from these “no questions asked” deals, are thieves who steal other people’s firearms.
There is little to no plan detailing how this initiative will be conducted logistically, or how these firearms would make it to Ukrainian military forces.
As Interpol chief Jurgen Stock explained in early June, “Once the guns fall silent [in Ukraine], the illegal weapons will come. We know this from many other theaters of conflict. The criminals are even now, as we speak, focusing on them.”