There is a new meaning to “POINT AND SHOOT”.
News reports said that the Toronto Police announced a “Pixels for Pistols” program, where gun owners can “trade-in” their fire arms (legal or not) for a digital camera and photo lessons from the Henry’s Camera store. The police says it does not matter if you possess the gun legally or illegally, and no charges will be pressed. The idea of this gun amnesty program is to hopefully make these weapons less accessible to criminals.
Seriously, this sounded more like a headline for The ONION News!! WHY ON EARTH WOULD THEY WASTE TIME AND EFFORT DOING THAT? Who is going to turn their guns over? If you are a criminal, will you think of trading your gun for a camera that is worth $250? Chances are, they will get loads of old, rusty, broken guns that does not even function.
There is no logic behind this. If you want to get to the people who has illegal firearms, then why don’t you reward the person who can successfully tip the police off an arrest? If you really want to crack down on crimes involving guns, then raise the panelty - how about “Any crime commited with a firearm, big or small, will automatically be charged and have a minimum of 10 years in jail without parole.”
Crimes should be punished. Criminals should be heavily charged and locked away. Thinking that giving away a digital camera is a way to lower crime rate is plain retarded. Gun ownership has always been a topic of debate. Gun owners are always justifying their possession of a firearm by saying it is for their own protection agaist crime. In my opinion, this will only gives those people who owns a gun more excuse to KEEP their weapon, coz how can we believe a retarded police force can protect us?