As a gun collector, I cannot stand articles such as this:
I ran across this article while reading up on steel production. My background is in metallurgy, so I’m always interested in articles about steel.
However, I am not thrilled with this. It may be one thing to destroy a gun that was used in a crime as some sort of symbolic gesture, not that it matters. However, the bulk destruction of “surplus” or “unwanted” firearms is a tremendous waste of resources and history.
In a free market, people could willingly donate a gun to such a purpose. However, many of the states in this article do not return stolen firearms to their owner. Many of these guns were likely stolen, and are now destroyed.
In these pictures, I see a single action revolver, perhaps a Ruger Blackhawk, worth maybe $600 in good condition. I see several shotguns and .22 rifles, which, if stolen, were probably someone’s hunting or target shooting gun, perhaps with a family history. They were likely NOT used in crimes.
The foundry, so willing to accept them as a symbolic gesture, will never have me on their payrolls, nor will I recommend them to any of my students.
If you don’t like guns, fine. Picture it this way. Someone steals your perfectly restored, cherry red 1965 1/2 Ford Mustang. It is recovered, and rather than being returned to you, it is sent to a crusher as a symbolic gesture against drunk driving.
That’s what this article shows.