Growing up, one of my mother’s favorite sayings was “The road to hell is paved with good intentions”. I understand the wisdom of these words more each day; thanks mom.
Part of what she was describing can also be referred to as the law of unintended consequences. The mayor of Newark, New Jersey, as seen in this video, has good intentions I am sure. He just wants senseless shootings to stop in his city; a worthy intention. But, in order to accomplish this, he is willing to pit neighbor against neighbor in his quest to get guns off of the street. Call the tip line, tell of someone with a carried handgun, and earn a thousand dollars cash if the police can verify your information and they confiscate the gun.
Buried in a short sentence is the clarification that it must be an illegally owned gun; a minor detail that will be ignored as people scramble to turn in their neighbors so they can earn a quick buck. Let’s skip through to the end to see how this will play out, shall we? A tip is called in, police respond to the homes of the suspected villains, a search is made and the results are documented and archived for future use. The City will have a detailed listing of law abiding citizens with guns, and the murder rate will remain the same within city limits.
Citizens, in their greed for the cash, will be used to develop lists of gun owners who are adhering to the words of the Second Amendment. This tactic has been used successfully in the past by countries that fell prey to dictators if you care to do some research. For 30 pieces of silver, citizens will gladly remove the one right that helps guarantee all of the others.
Good intentions Mayor, but find another way to solve your problems without enticing citizens to turn on each other for cash. Your good intentions will put too many law abiding citizens through hell, while trying to catch those who belong there.