Over the past week, six people have been shot at gun shows, the most recent victim being a gun dealer in Iowa who thought the gun he was showing was unloaded. Cops found another loaded gun at his table after he put a bullet in his palm.
In a different kind of gun show, Seattle just had a successful gun buyback. The planned six-hour event spent $118,000 in private donations in three hours:
Among the hundreds of handguns, shotguns, rifles, and assault weapons collected today was a shoulder-mounted surface-to-air missile launcher and three “Street Sweepers”: 12-gauge 12-round semiautomatic shotguns specifically designed for combat and riot control. “‘Street Sweeper’ says it all,” an uncharacteristically tongue-tied Mayor Mike McGinn said about the weapons.
The buyback rules were simple: $100 gift cards for a functioning handgun, shotgun or rifle, $200 for a functioning assault weapon, and $25 for each high-capacity magazine. This seems like a no-brainer for civic-minded charities.