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Friday, March 15, 2013

Are gun buy back programs effective?

     Tomorrow at the Dorsey Building on Bendix Rd (off Route 108) the Howard County Police are having a "gun buy back" from 11 am to 3 pmFunds used in this program come from drug confiscated property.  Getting guns "off the street" certainly has the potential to make a community safer but the question with these buy back programs is whether the guns turned in are coming from people who would be using their gun in an illegal or unsafe manner.  It is safe to assume that no one who is going to use the gun to commit a crime is the type of person to turn a gun in with this buy back program.  While that maybe true removing any gun from a household makes it less likely to be used in a suicide or an accidental shooting. Contrary to the argument of gun rights advocates having a gun in your home makes your home less safe than more safe.  Examples of women using a gun to protect their children may sound reassuring to some but the real facts point to the gun being used against the woman more than for her protection.

From the Columbia Association:

CA’s new World Languages Café offers free, friendly way to learn new languages, increase fluency
 Whether it is in English, en français, en español, or in Arabic, Farsi, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and other languages, there can be a table with friendly faces and good conversation at Columbia Association’s (CA) new World Languages Café.
The World Languages Café provides monthly evenings of conversation, food and culture for people to speak a language they know or are learning, increase their fluency by speaking and listening, meet others who enjoy learning languages, pick up useful phrases to use when traveling — or even to recall a childhood language.
These gatherings are free and are appropriate for adults, as well as college and high school students. They will be held on the fourth Wednesday of the month — upcoming dates are March 27, April 24, May 22 and June 26 — from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Wegmans Café, located at 8855 McGaw Road in Columbia. People are invited to come upstairs and join the language table of their choice, whether they want to drop in or stay the entire time. On their way up, people can purchase a drink, snack or dinner to bring with them.
Language tables are hosted by native speakers who will facilitate conversation; these gatherings are not grammar or vocabulary classes.
Check each month for the languages that will be offered at the upcoming session. Languages for March 27 will be announced soon on the website. For more information, contact or call 410-715-3162.

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1 comment:

Greg said...

One of the best uses of the gun buy back program is as a way for people to get rid of guns that they are no longer interested in owning. This may be because they inherited the firearm, it is no longer safe to use, or because they have realized they do not have the training or desire to fire a weapon appropriately in the event it is needed.

I encourage every law-abiding citizen who wants to have a gun to do so, with the proper licensing and training. If you do own a gun, you must be physically, mentally, and emotionally ready to fire that weapon and to take a life. If you are not, then you are better off selling the weapon because it won't do you any good.