On Facebook: Residents Disagree With Norwalk Gun Buyback

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The Norwalk Police Department will conduct a gun buyback program on Feb. 2.
The Norwalk Police Department will conduct a gun buyback program on Feb. 2. Photo Credit: Alfred Branch

NORWALK, Conn. – The Norwalk Police Department will conduct a gun buyback program on Feb. 2, but judging from reactions on Facebook many residents appear skeptical of its effectiveness in getting guns off the street.

Readers were asked whether they believe such initiatives work, and out of a dozen responses only a couple were positive.

“It’s a start and certainly better than doing nothing!” wrote Angi Ingalls-Designs.

“They do in the Bronx,” wrote Faith Webster. “It could only help, think of less guns on the streets.”

Linda Johnson disagreed. “Stupid. Criminals are not going to be turning their guns in.”

The department is conducting the buyback initiative with an anonymous donation of $5,026, which it received following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown in December. The Feb. 2 gun buyback is not the first time the department has tried such an effort, and in recent weeks Stamford has conducted a couple of gun buybacks and other municipalities in the region and the United States have considered similar programs.

“I think it’s a waste of time & resources,” wrote Ken Prince Jr. “Even if the money has been donated. Just makes it look like something’s being done.”

Under the program, the department will pay $50 for a rifle or shotgun, $75 for a handgun and $100 for an automatic or semiautomatic weapon. Payment will be made using Visa gift cards.

Even before the Sandy Hook tragedy, the Norwalk Police Department was trying to take a proactive approach to rid the city of gun violence. It recently launched a separate initiative with the United States Attorney’s Office and the federal Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms to identify and arrest violent criminals in Norwalk.

The partnership is modeled on similar programs in Hartford, New Haven and Bridgeport where a list of the city’s “worst of the worst” violent offenders are targeted to be taken off the streets.

That program is in its infancy and will be ongoing.  Still, the reactions to the gun buyback remain skeptical.

“No,” wrote Marisol Leon Haynes about whether she thought the initiative could work. “Not when the only people bringing in guns are old timers trading in their muskets.”

Paul Juchniewich agreed, “Fools quest.”

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@ the norwalk truth
YOu definitely make some excellent points. When reading these Pro gun posts it is pretty scary the obsession the pro gun folks have. if a true mental screening was done most of them will probably not qualify for a gun permit as it is.

If you were to read these posts by the pro gun group they prove need for gun control. They probably don't realize it but with each posting continue to prove their mental instability. they seem to be obsessed with the need to have weapons of mass destruction.

Why is it liberals need to resort to childish retorts instead of meaningful suggestions? Really I'm amazed anyone takes you guys serious.
Nobody worth listening to supports murder, but the FACT is that nobody has ever been able to show that gun control lessens crime or saves lives. So exactly WHO supports murder?

HAA, I did see that photo! Pretty funny and sad.
This program is positioned as a amazing way to help end violence, however it it really just a "feel good" stunt.
All stats everywhere show it is ineffective. But again, politicians can use this for votes? LOL
I hope they release the number they get, I am curious. Plus would be cool to know what models.
Stay warm today, Paige =)

We don't have any muskets.

How do you quantify this sucess? By guns turned in or by crime reduction?
If you can show that they reduced crime you will be famous, because nobody else has, not the FBI or any other entity that compiles data about crime & guns. If you quantify it simply by guns turned in then I'd say you are the one looking foolish.

I think any effort to take unwanted guns away is a good one. You don't want them winding up in the wrong hands of someone wishing to make an arbitrary, emotional decision to hurt or kill someone. I think it's a small step, but people that aren't able to communicate well with words sometimes resort to impulsive, drastic ways of getting their point across. The less access they have to guns the better.

Thats one way to look at it. But are they really unwanted? I bet if they were offered for sale it would raise alot of money that could be used to actually fight crime instead of just making an empty statement.

Piles of weapons handed over to the police for a few dollars make compelling photographs, but repeated studies of politically popular gun buyback programs across the country have found no detectable effect on violent crime or on firearms deaths.

The guns and owners that turn up for buybacks represent neither the kinds of weapons nor the types of people generally involved in gun crimes, said several researchers who have studied the programs. And some of those who participate in the buybacks are cashing in on spare weapons but keeping at least one at home--or they plan to use the proceeds to purchase another gun.

It is strictly a stunt, and nothing more.

Its Sad Steve, but its all a stunt, gun buybacks, proposed legislation, antigun protests, antigun task forces, NONE of it adresses the real issues of revolving door justice & people being legislated into helplessness.

No gun control law has EVER had a noticeable effect on crime, thats why they always NEED just one more law. Well enough is enough I think. This failed liberal experiment has cost too many lives already.

I agree with you, Steve.

I was waiting in line at a business last week and overheard two guys in a nearby line talking about turning in their non-functioning firearms and laughing about it.

Also, I remember reading an article reporting that just before a major city in CA had a buy back, there was a sharp increase in the number of firearms stolen. And guess where almost 50% of the stolen weapons were recovered?

I assume that you saw the photo op where the L.A. Police Chief was holding a rocket launcher tube where the word "Training" was stenciled on the side, right?

Of course, there is always the outside possibility that some of the weapons coming in will actually be true turn ins. And it will make everyone feel safer.

Theres a huge difference between feeling safe & being safe. Newtown made that obvious, we passed a law that made everyone in that school helpless, but they FELT safer because of it, even though they obviously were less safe than if their civil rights werent denied.

Why when we talk about "outside chances" is it always in regard to laws & restrictions? Personally, if theres a remote chance that a person might save his, her, or anothers life WITH a gun, its worth making sure they can get one.
No victim anyplace ever benefited from being helpless.