Well, lets see... The OP stated that the gun buyback was city funded, so the only funds diverted were the funds from the tax payers' pockets and into a worthless program. The Big Picture is that he helped their cause. Their goal was met and touted due to actions like the OP. The superficial picture was the sophomoric instant gratification of sticking it to the man. In the realm of politics, instant gratification is worthless. Devote you time and effort towards your own cause, seeking longterm results.