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LA sheriff exploits economic hardship to disarm

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In Compton, Calif., law-abiding citizens – some struggling to put food on their tables – are being bribed by the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department to give up their firearms.  With no questions asked, anyone can turn a gun in to authorities and get $100 gift cards to supermarkets, Best Buy or Target.

While this obviously opens up the opportunity for criminals to dump weapons they have used in a crime,  most of the people willingly disarming themselves are allegedly “family people”:

“People just don’t have the money to buy the food these days,” sheriff’s Sgt. Byron Woods said.

“One guy said he had just got laid off from his job.  He turned in five guns and said it would really help him to put food on the family’s table.”

One man brought in a Soviet-era semiautomatic carbine.

“If that got into the wrong hands of gangbangers, they could kill several people within minutes,” Woods said. “Our biggest fear is a house getting burglarized and these guns getting taken.”

And now people who have disarmed themselves no longer have to fear being burglarized, do they?  Nope.  All they should fear now is having no way to defend themselves if they are.

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Written by The Parse

December 7, 2008 at 3:32 pm

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