“Sherlock Holmes” on CBS Elementary explains that gun buyback programs “reduce the number of firearm fatalities everywhere they have been attempted.” In fact, the opposite is true.
Here is a quote from the National Academies of Sciences report “Firearms and Violence” (pp. 95-6, emphasis added): “The theory on which gun buy-back programs is based is flawed in three respects. First, the guns that are typically surrendered in gun buy-backs are those that are least likely to be used in criminal activities. . . . Second, because replacement guns are relatively easily obtained, the actual decline in the number of guns on the street may be smaller than the number of guns that are turned in. Third, the likelihood that any particular gun will be used in a crime in a given year is low. . . .
In light of the weakness in the theory underlying gun buy-backs, it is not surprising that research evaluations of U.S. efforts have consistently failed to document any link between such programs and reductions in gun violence.”
The single case where people say that it worked is Australia, but that is a result of a misinterpreting their statistics.
Season 6, Episode 18, August 27, 2018
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