In honor of the Halloween season, I bring you a story touches on the macabre. In Greensburg, PA, a place a little to the east of Pittsburgh, the county coroner is auctioning off 97 guns used in suicides and accidental shooting deaths.
The sale is to take place on November 8th and will be the first governmental gun sell back in Westmoreland County since the 1980’s.
Corner Ken Bacha says state law requires local governments sell off unclaimed property. While they have often have sales auctioning off property and vehicles this will be the first gun auction since Bacha’s fater Leo, was coroner back in the 80’s. Proceeds will help fund county government. The coroners office takes possession of weapons during death investigations. Family members have a year to claim these weapons before they become county property, but under the nature of which they were last used, it is understandable that many families refuse to claim them. As such, some of the weapons that are going up for sale have been in the coroners possession for decades.
To clarify, the guns for sale will only be those used in suicides and accidental shooting deaths as the ones used in homicides must be kept for evidence; basically forever. This is due to there being no statute of limitations on murder.
While I don’t have a list of the firearms for sale, the sale will include pistols, shotguns and rifles. But when asked about the state of the firearms Bacha stated:
“Some are expensive, and some are very good quality. And some would be considered collectibles.”
So, if you happen to be in the western part of Pennsylvania next Saturday you can always swing by and see if there is anything that catches your eye.
As for me, I’m kind of torn.
On one hand, I think it’s great that Pennsylvania has a law that doesn’t give local governments the ability for gun control zealots to just melts down guns in the misguided notion that doing so would somehow make people safer. Since it is an auction there is a great chance to pick up a firearm at a great discount. And with proceeds going to the county’s general fund it seems like a win win.
But on the other hand, it just seems a bit too macabre. Like buying a couch that someone died on. Am I saying that the suicide gun would be haunted by the tortured spirit of the person who used it to end their own life?
Am I saying that the gun WOULDN’T be haunted?
Mmmmm….I’m not saying that either.
But there is something to be said for not seeking out trouble. Guns aren’t evil, but they can be used in evil ways, and maybe that juju leaves an air around it. I don’t know, but do I really want to find out.
I guess that’s not too surprising when I think about it, I have a firm policy against going and raiding mummies tombs too.