The stacks of guns make a dramatic photo opportunity at a press conference announcing the end of a gun buyback program. Handguns and rifles are splayed across a table as police talk about their efforts to reduce violence. It's visible evidence that they are taking guns off the streets and making the city safer.
But critics say such programs have little impact on reducing violence: They don't encroach on the individuals most likely to perpetrate violence, they collect guns that aren't likely to be used in the commission of a crime, and there's no clear data that the number of shootings drops after those guns are removed from the streets.
Read the complete article: Democrat and Chronicle