WASHINGTON, D.C. – In the wake of another mass shooting, this time in Kalamazoo, Michigan, when an Uber driver shot and killed six people over the weekend, President Barack Obama, speaking from the Oval Office on Wednesday, laid out his latest plan to curb gun violence in America, calling the new initiative a “sensible incentive-based program.”
Largely based around past state-funded gun buyback-style programs, Obama’s new plan, which goes into effect nationwide on March 2nd, gives Americans the choice to turn their weapons over to the federal government once a month on a no-questions-asked basis. “Let me be clear,” explained President Obama. “No one is under any obligation, legal or otherwise, to participate in the program. This is a volunteer-only initiative.”
However, Obama continued, each American who chooses to take part in the program, regardless of criminal history, will receive a voucher for every firearm they turn over to the federal government. “These vouchers,” Obama explained, “are electronically entered into a national lottery system created and implemented by this administration. At the end of each month we’ll hold a nationally televised drawing to announce a winner.”
On the first Tuesday of every month, starting in April of 2016, one lucky American will have the chance to sit in on a CIA drone operation where they will have the rare opportunity to assume command of a live drone’s remote firing controls and -under CIA supervision- execute a suspected terrorist. Citing national security concerns, the president said award winners will not be told the names or locations of the terror suspects who have been targeted for assassination. “You’ll simply be told when to fire,” President Obama said.
Chris Rutherford, a fifty-one year-old registered Republican from Hattiesburg, Mississippi, told Fox News
that he “cannot wait” to enter into the national lottery. “I’m a proud Trump supporter and lifetime member of the NRA,” Rutherford said, continuing, “I own twelve guns including my grandfather’s M1903 Springfield, and you better believe I plan to hand each and every one of them over to Mr. Obama.”
Rutherford isn’t the only one excited about Obama’s gun buyback initiative. Sandra Glass, a mother of six from Austin, Texas, told Real News Right Now that she intends to take out a second mortgage on her home so she can afford to buy enough guns to enter herself and her two oldest sons into the national lottery once a month. “Consider it their high school graduation present,” Mrs. Glass said with a chuckle.
The National Rifle Association has not yet issued a statement on the program but an NRA official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told The Washington Post that “if there were ever a legitimate reason to give up your guns, this is it.”
The complete terms and conditions of President Obama’s national lottery program are expected to be outlined on the White House’s official website late next week. However, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest confirmed that the minimum number of firearms an individual needs to hand over to the government each month in order to be eligible for the lottery is one.
Ron Anderson, who sits on the board of the American Firearms Retailers Association, said he believes Obama’s new initiative could be good for America. “It’s not something that directly infringes on our constitutional right to bear arms,” Mr. Anderson said, adding that while the program’s primary intention of curbing gun violence could be successful, the added incentive will likely cause gun sales to skyrocket. “It’s basically a win-win situation for all involved,” Anderson said.