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Sat Nov 10, 2012, 04:54 AM

Canadians Trade Guns for Cameras in Creative Anti-Violence Program

In addition to universal healthcare, Mounties and Rush, Canada can now add swapping guns for cameras to their list of wholesome bragging rights.

The program to reduce gun violence by promoting photography is called “Pixels for Pistols” and it aims to take guns off the streets by issuing a free Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH8 point-and-shoot camera to anyone who turns in a working firearm to the Winnipeg Police Service. Since the start of the month-long program on November 1, the department has already collected several hundred weapons and thousands of rounds of ammunition.

“We’re recovering firearms by the hour,” says Jason Michalyshen, the spokesman for Winnipeg Police Service.

While Winnipeg is not known to be a particularly violent city (an average of 30 homicides a year), Michalyshen says the department wanted to provide an incentive for people to get rid of guns they no longer wanted or needed. Too often, he says, un-used guns are robbed from homes and end up in the wrong hands.

http://www.wired.com/rawfile/2012/11/trading-guns-for-cameras/

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SecularMotion Nov 2012 OP
GreenStormCloud Nov 2012 #1
Eleanors38 Nov 2012 #2
Remmah2 Nov 2012 #3
Decoy of Fenris Nov 2012 #4
ileus Nov 2012 #5
Atypical Liberal Nov 2012 #6

Response to SecularMotion (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 08:05 AM

1. Good deal if the gun is cheap enough.

That camera sells for $133.39 on Amazon. One can buy old Ravens for less than that. I have an old gun that I would trade if they did that down here.

Unfortunately, Dallas had a gun buy-back a few years ago. $50 Kroger's gift card for any working firearm. They got in a lot of junk guns that weren't worth even $50 apiece.

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Response to GreenStormCloud (Reply #1)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 10:11 AM

2. Rats. My H&R won't work anymore.nt

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Response to SecularMotion (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 10:39 PM

3. And what will they do with these cameras?

 

Extortion, blackmail, porn production?

Every inanimate object has the potential to be used for good or evil.

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Response to SecularMotion (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 10:45 PM

4. Just wanna say, I agree with this.

What people do with their produces is up to them, and if folks want cameras? More power to 'em.

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Response to SecularMotion (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 08:24 AM

5. I have a 15mp Fuji that I'd swap for something nice.

The cheapest pistol I'd agree to is a LCP or PF9.....maybe a P3AT.

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Response to SecularMotion (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 09:28 AM

6. Not many guns worth that little

 

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH8 is worth about $150 tops.

While there are a few firearms that you can buy that cheaply, most modern handguns start at $500.

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