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Seattle Gun Buyback Backfires

4th February 2013

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Police officers in Seattle, Washington held their first gun buyback program in 20 years this weekend, underneath interstate 5, and soon found that private gun collectors were working the large crowd as little makeshift gun shows began dotting the parking lot and sidewalks. Some even had “cash for guns” signs prominently displayed.

Police stood in awe as gun enthusiasts and collectors waved wads of cash for the guns being held by those standing in line for the buyback program.

Lessons learned:

  1. Markets work, even when you don’t want them to.
  2. Once someone enters government employment, the common-sense area of the brain is removed.

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