Friday, January 4, 2013

Mitch Perry Report 1.4.13 - Gun buybacks are more popular than ever post Dec.14

Posted By on Fri, Jan 4, 2013 at 8:03 AM

The Tampa Tribune's big headline in today's issue is regarding Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner's call for a county gun buyback program. I suppose it's because of the emphasis on anything to do with guns post Newtown (as well as the fact that were still in the very slow period of local news), but is it that big of a deal?

The fact is virtually every major U.S. city periodically does such a program. Tampa did it 13 months ago, ultimately taking over 1,000 guns off the street. San Francisco did one last month that was so successful the city ran out of money to pay for the guns, offering up 150 I.O.U.'s. In Los Angeles the day after Christmas, officials collected over 2,000 guns, including 75 assault weapons and two rocket launchers.

Critics scoff that such programs are just drops in a bucket in a nation filled with hundreds of millions of guns, but if you think that something has truly changed in this country after December 14, shouldn't they continue to be encouraged?

Meanwhile, the Tampa Bay Times has been hammering the HART board for its seeming intransigence regarding the proposed merger between them and PSTA. The other day, HART board leader Fran Davin declared she'd had enough, sending a forceful letter back to the paper.

Bright House Networks doesn't have the greatest reputation in this town - just ask many of its customers who now use Verizon for their cable and Internet needs. Yesterday Bright House announced after Al Jazeera purchased Current TV that they would drop the channel outright.

And the Council on American-Islamic Relations has put up a $1,000 reward to find out who was the man in Lutz Wednesday morning who shot at a man who apparently he just didn't like, thinking he was of Middle Eastern and/or Muslim descent.

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