A man from Latah County, Idaho, believes that the government shouldn’t disarm citizens, rather we should disarm ourselves.
To make his point the man, 75-year-old Stan Smith from Potlatch, is willing to “buyback” one AR-pattern rifle from someone and destroy it. In exchange, he will donate $500 to a charity of their choice.
Smith first announced his program in a letter to the Moscow-Pullman Daily News last weekend.
“I’m not against guns as a whole category and I’m not in favor of a mandatory confiscation or even a buyback, because” the federal government doesn’t have the money, Smith told DNews.com.
“What I said very succinctly is that citizens as individuals, or as groups collectively, could do a lot to diminish the number of guns on the market of that type,” he continued.
Smith, a retired social studies teacher who now fills in as a substitute, recognizes that other categories of firearms are used to kill more people each year than modern sporting rifles (MSRs) but still believes that reducing the number of MSRs in circulation would save lives.
“I’m 75 and this is not the world I would envision for our children or grandchildren so that’s a very simple motive with no catastrophic, earth-shaking result,” he said. “But as I said on the very last words (of the letter), my heart is at peace because I did something and that’s in stark contrast of what the politicians don’t do because too many of them are in the pocket of the (National Rifle Association).”
Thus far, no one has taken Smith up on his offer. That might be for two reasons. First off, most gun owners recognize that disarming good people does not make bad people harmless. What it does do is make those good people defenseless.
Second, most gun owners have invested more than $500 in their AR. So, even if one wanted to take advantage of this misguided offering, the value isn’t really there. (Of course, maybe someone has an old, heavily used rifle they can give him in exchange for a donation to the Second Amendment Foundation or the NRA. LOL.)
Smith said that he is only going to do this once but he does hope that others in the community follow suit. But if not, he’s not too worried about it.
“It’s just my own personal journey to do something that I could do, that I thought was right,” he told KREM2. “And if everybody else doesn’t sign up for that, that’s great. That’s why we can love America. We have freedom.”