Illinois can’t pay on pensions but they found money to do gun buybacks

Yesterday, the Fitch rating agency downgraded Illinois credit to just above junk status by lowering their rating to BBB+ in light of their budget issues which are making the Mid-Western state unable to pay on pension and lottery obligations.  But despite the legislatures inability to pass an appropriations bill leading into 2016, on Oct. 19 Mayor Rahm Emmanuel was somehow able to find $250,000 for a new gun buyback programs to appease Obama’s call for new gun control mechanisms.

The city of Chicago, along with much of the state of Illinois, is one of the worst places for gun violence despite some of the toughest gun control laws in the country.  But like most liberal policies, results and data are meaningless as long as the ideologies of demagogues are able to be imposed on the people.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced a new $250,000 effort to take guns of the city’s streets.

Under the new program, churches and neighborhood community organizations can apply to hold their own buyback events, as opposed to previous buybacks which were single, city-run events.

We’re going to try everything we can to bring a level of security and safety throughout the city of Chicago so that our families and our children have the opportunity to grow up free from violence,” Emanuel said, according to CBS Chicago.

Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy explained that buyback attendees will be able to anonymously turn in a gun, no questions asked. Participants will earn a $100 cash card for returning a gun, meaning that the budget could fund the return of 2,500 guns. The money for the program will come from the Chicago Police Department’s community policing program, according to ABC 7 Chicago. – Business Insider via Yahoo News

Gun buybacks are a failed policy that historically has had citizens sell the government broken down or antiquated firearms that were not used on the street anyway.  Coupled with the fact that criminals won’t part with their weapons simply because the police offer a retail gift card in return, and like most feel good programs the results simply end in a complete waste of taxpayer money.


If you take out liberal run cities like Chicago, Washington D.C., New Orleans, Detroit, and Baltimore, the U.S. would rank well down in global statistics for gun violence and death by firearms.  But those in power never consider blaming their own failed policies as the root problem, and once again, the solution they offer is to attempt to take guns from lawful citizens, even if they can’t even afford to pay the city’s other debt obligations.

Kenneth Schortgen Jr is a writer for,, and To the Death Media, and hosts the popular web blog, The Daily Economist. Ken can also be heard Wednesday afternoons giving an weekly economic report on the Angel Clark radio show.