I had never heard of gun buyback events until I read about it during one of my idle news scrollings. So, you live in the US, could do with a little money top up; what to do? Swap one your old guns for $150, that's what.
The queue of cars was long, the drivers waving every kind of gun about. Not that I would know the difference between a hacksaw and a handgun but even I could see that these were dangerous weapons.
Drivers were being interviewed, the common denominator was that none of them saw any harm in them or their possession. From handguns to assault rifles, they were fine with all of them.
The comment which brought me up short was: "I like guns, if I counted them I'd say I have about thirty back home. To me guns mean freedom. We have freedom in America and we don't let anyone take that away from us. In fact, what I'm probably going to do is turn this one in, get my $150 and buy one for my son whose birthday is coming up. He wants one for his birthday." The boy, no more than maybe 11 or 12 years old, was sitting right next to him, sheepishly staring out of the window straight ahead.
One old fellow trotted out the usual explanation: "Guns don't kill people, it's people who kill people. Guns are good. Bad guys are bad guys."
Only one middle aged woman in the whole of that long chain of cars seemed to be neutral, neither for nor against. I have this gun - she showed the camera a small handgun - I have never used it and never will; I don't need it. But I need $150."
In the UK the police have the occasional "handing-in knives-event. But you don't get paid; here, carrying a knife is illegal, - unless you can prove it is carried for a good reason - and the access the public have to guns is very tightly controlled by law. There is less gun crime in the UK than anywhere else in the world.