This year, the Boston Police Department’s “Your Piece for Peace” gun buyback program has only resulted in one firearm turned in for the entire year.In 2014, the Boston Police Department received through the buyback program 400 firearms; in 2006, 1,000 firearms.
The goal of the buyback programs is to reduce crime by offering individuals cash who turn in their illegal and/or homemade guns. Proponents argue the less number of illegal guns on the street, less gun related crimes will occur.
Yet, non-fatal gun violence in Boston is significantly higher in 2015 than it was in 2014. What gives?