Chicago, IL — Where are Beto and the other ‘buyback boys,’ now?
A story out of Chicago is shooting their idea of a Federal gun buyback full of holes.
In 2004, a man named William Boyd surrendered his dad’s .38 caliber Smith and Wesson snub nose at a gun buyback.
He got less than $100 for it at the time.
Now, while we wouldn’t invite a son who sold the guns at a gun buyback to attend the family Christmas, that’s not the point of this story.
William Boyd is a judge in Cook County, Il, and no doubt felt a warm feeling as he handed his gun over to the plainclothes cops.
But then eight years later his old handgun — with the serial number J515268 — was found near the body of a dead gangster involved in a shooting with police.
The dead gang member was 22-year-old Cesar Munive.
Munive had convicted previously of sexual abuse of a minor, battery, and unlawful use of a weapon.
‘Bad Guy With a Gun’ No Matter What
So how did this lifetime criminal get a gun purchased by police in a buyback?
None of the answers are good.
The officer who shot and killed Munive in 2016 was one Donald Garrity.
The snub nose was found near Munive, but his family denies it was his or that he owned it.
They claim that Garrity planted it on the body.
After all, it was in police custody, and Garrity does have a history of misconduct charges.
He was written up for using a “high powered rifle” during a traffic stop.
Another time he was written up for threatening another officer, and a third time he was stopped by another cop for doing 90 mph in a 30 mph zone.
Not a stellar cop, for sure.
Now Judge Boyd has some serious questions, as we all do.
Boyd said in an interview:
“I’m doing the right thing, and in the process, someone didn’t do what they were supposed to do. That calls into question the process. What’s happening after you turn these weapons in?”
Meanwhile, since Munive was killed in 2016, Garrity has retired with a disability pension after a PTSD diagnoses.
The City of Cicero, who employed Garrity, has offered the Munive family $3.5 million dollars to settle out of court.
So that’s all cleaned up nice and tidily or will be shortly. Except for the gun.
If these gun buybacks are supposed to get guns off the streets, how did this gun make it back onto the streets?
How many other crimes did Munive commit with it?
Or if it was planted by a Chicago cop, how many other guns have been planted or left where they can be used to commit crimes?
Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says that the questions brought up by the revolver are “extremely abnormal and troublesome.” Guglielmi said in a press release:
“We are opening an internal affairs investigation today to trace this gun, verify that it was taken into police custody during a turn-in and investigate how it possibly ended up back on the street.”
Buybacks are Dead on Arrival
But good luck trying to tell the leftist ‘true believers’ and their presidential candidates that buybacks are a joke.
The opportunity for corruption, the fact that taxpayers are ‘buying back’ something that they never sold and losing money hand over fist, and a hundred more make buybacks a joke.
Don’t forget their notoriously poor turnout and the fact that smart gun owners are turning in junk guns to get gift cards or cash towards new guns!
Gun buybacks are not a solution to gun violence.
Failed Presidential Candidate Beto O’Rourke and a few others have tried to champion a gun “buyback” scenario that would be federally sponsored.
That would turn out terribly, of course.
Meanwhile, we’ll all wait for that oh-so-reliable internal affairs investigation by the Chicago Police Department to learn what really happened with Boyd’s gun.