On Saturday, 11 June 2016, the Wayne County Sheriff and anti-Second Amendment activists held a gun turn in event at the Mathis Community Center. The turn in was hyped by numerous local news media, providing free publicity for the event. But the actual coverage of the event was remarkably free of any mention of the numerous private buyers who competed with the "buy back" organizers for the firearms that were brought to the event.
Photo Gallery of Detroit Gun Turn in Event with Private Buyers
It may not have been hard to compete. The gun turn in organizers only offered $50 for each gun turned in. Any working gun is worth at least that. From wxyz.com:
(WXYZ) - Thanks to a $25,000 donation, the Wayne County Sheriff's Office was able to buy back hundreds of guns from residents ready to unload.You can see that quite a few decent guns made it past the private buyers to the turn in table.
No questions asked, $50 for a gun--that's an offer the Wayne County Sheriff's Office has made before, but this buyback was different.
There is a Browning Auto-5 or clone, some decent .22 rifles, a Smith & Wesson classic revolver or two, and much more. It appears it was a great day to be offering cash for guns in Detroit.
It seems hard to explain the lack of any news coverage of the private buyers. After all, according to the narrative set up by the turn in organizers, they should not be there. People should be glad to turn in $500 shotguns and revolvers for $50.
In reality, it is easy to explain. The news networks did not cover the private buyers for exactly that reason. Private buyers destroy the narrative that guns are bad and should be turned in to police. It shows that many people value guns, which are prized and desired for multiple purposes.
But the private buyers were there, and that sort of fact is increasingly hard to cover up from the editor's desk. The private buyers organized on Facebook, and on local activity announcements. They showed up, and the old media cannot put their presence in the memory hole any longer.
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