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Spotlight: Studies: Gun buybacks don’t work

By M.D. Kittle

MADISON — Dane County Sheriff candidate Anthony Hamilton slammed Gov. Tony Evers’ political appointee, Sheriff Kalvin Barrett, for his “virtue-signallng” gun buyback program, calling it “woke policing” that will do nothing to stop rising crime.

He’s right. And decades of research back Hamilton up.

Barrett, appointed by Evers in April 2021 to fill out the term of long-time Sheriff Dave Mahoney, hosted the department’s first gun buyback program. The sheriff’s department and local media celebrated the inaugural “Gift Cards for Guns” event last weekend at Madison’s Alliant Energy Center, reporting that 577 firearms were traded in for about $43,000 worth of gas and grocery gift cards.

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