In an MSNBC focus group that aired Thursday, gun owners audibly laughed when asked if they thought mandatory gun buybacks were a good idea.
"Let me ask you about a proposal that's been floated out there by a presidential candidate, or more, about gun buybacks," "MSNBC Live" host Ali Velshi said before bluntly asking, "Who thinks that's a good idea?"
The panel consisted of eight gun owners from southeast Wisconsin, all with differing occupations and political persuasions and varying numbers of guns owned — one panelist owned one gun while another owned more than one hundred.
On several issues related to gun regulation, there was some disagreement and debate among the panelists, but the issue of gun buybacks was met with unanimous skepticism and derision.
While gun buyback programs have remained a common argument among gun control advocates who desire to reduce the number of firearms owned by civilians, the proposal became a central issue this year when failed Democratic presidential candidate and former Texas Congressman Beto O'Rourke began vocally arguing for mandatory gun buybacks during his campaign.