The Seattle Police Department collected more than 700 guns during a buyback in January, and now city officials have a plan for what to do with them. Mayor Mike McGinn is expected to announce Tuesday that they´ll be melted into bricks carrying messages of peace, and the bricks will be placed around the city. The buyback program was announced a month after last December´s elementary school massacre in Newtown, Conn., by city leaders sick of hearing about gun violence. Private sponsors including Amazon.com contributed tens of thousands of dollars
Will they be giving one to each family of murder victims who will never see justice because the STATE purchased; with tax dollars, and destroyed the evidence that may possibly have convicted the perpetrators?
This is waay too funny. Peace Bricks. I think I will don my non-smoking jacket, pull on my Birkenstocks, order me a starbuck$$ and listen to Joan Baez and maybe some Michael Row the Boat Ashore, Kumbaya... You can´t make this stuff up.
I left Seattle in 1960. I go home in the summer. I will never live in the rot hole, ever. It´s being governed by commies, pc robots. You can fill in the blanks. Now Seattle is going to Melt buy back guns into peace bricks. How stupid! They get orgasmic with their stupidity. The area is beautiful. Would not want to live there. Peace bricks, duh!
I weep for the beautiful and valuable firearms which will be destroyed. Some of them will be classics, or irreplaceable. There will be junk, sure, but these barbarians won´t be able to tell the difference between junk and valuable. Or, if someone can, they won´t have any discretion.
This destruction of beautiful firearms is a barbaric as the Taliban destroying 1,000 year old Buddhist statues.
Coolest thing at the last buy-back was that they´d posted what they´d pay ($200 for a handgun, as I recall.) So, lots of folks showed up with cash and paid a bit more, say $50 to $100, for the guns headed for the buy-back. Lots more guns changed hands to buyers than to the "smelters."
And it´s going to happen again, soon! Another buy-back is coming up.
Not to worry #20, the cops will pick out what they want before the rest is melted down. Those three street sweepers are in some cop´s gun safe right now. Just like nice guns turn up missing from evidence vaults.
Poster #20, as a couple of other posters have said, don´t worry. There were plenty of people with cash at the ´gun-buy back´ who spotted some really good firearms and bought them. The police and media were really, really upset. But it was totally legal and there was nothing they could do about it...LOL
I laughed myself silly that regular people offered more than the popo at the last buy-back and were buying the guns while the people were in line to sell them to the police. Frickin´ hilarious. And hey - way to get a decent price on a gun.
I guess they know that making one pound of steel from scrap puts 800 pounds of CO2 into the atmosphere- right? It´s only a matter of time before some greenie idiot puts the keebash on this plan once they find out the truth about it to the "Global Warming" cause.
As if Seattle and its dufus mayor needed to demonstate their idiocy any further to a skeptical world - Have always said Washington State would have a chance for some red state representation if it weren´t for all the boneheads that have turned Seattle into the laughing stock of the nation.
Pottery Barn apologized for selling a Halloween costume of a sushi chef and a kimono that an Asian civil-rights group had complained were culturally offensive. The retailer confirmed late Monday that the items had been removed from its website. “We did not intend to offend anyone with our Halloween costumes and we apologize,” said Leigh Oshirak, vice president of public relations and marketing for Williams-Sonoma, parent company of Pottery Barn. “Thank you for bringing this to our attention.” Asian civil-rights activists spoke out after the store began selling the products, a kimono and a sushi-chef outfit featuring the Rising Sun of the Japanese
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Four years after he survived a brutal firefight in a remote Afghanistan valley that claimed the lives of five Americans, retired U.S. Army Capt. William Swenson will be hailed as a hero at the White House on Tuesday. Swenson, 34, is credited with risking his life to help save his fellow troops and recover their bodies, feats that President Obama will recount when he presents Swenson with the Medal of Honor, the military’s highest award for valor. But for Swenson, the award stands for more than his personal bravery during the seven-hour battle in the Ganjgal valley, near the Pakistan
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One minute, 6-year-old Nathan Woessner was scampering up a massive dune in northern Indiana with his dad and a friend. He was gone the next, without a warning or sound. More than three hours later, rescuers pulled Nathan out from under 11 feet of sand on Friday. He showed no signs of life: He was cold to the touch, had no pulse and wasn´t breathing. His limp body was put into the back of a pickup truck, which started toward a waiting ambulance. The plan was to take him to the hospital rather than the coroner´s office,
The saying, "time heals all wounds" is familiar to most, and for two soldiers and their two sons, it rings true. It´s important that a man understands his father so he can better understand himself. And when the fathers are gone, we cling to things -- belongings and symbols -- that show what they stood for and who they were. In Centralia, Kim McDougal has learned new things about his father after finding a unique package. Herb McDougal is 88-years old. He lives in a retirement home and suffers from Friedreich´s ataxia,
A pregnant New Mexico woman has survived a bolt from the blue to give birth to a bouncing baby girl. Authorities say Kendra Villanueva and the baby´s father Ian Gordon were watching fireworks with friends on July Fourth when lightning struck both of them in the front yard of an Albuquerque home. KRQE-TV reports Villanueva was just weeks from her due date and was rushed to University of New Mexico Medical Center where she had an emergency Cesarean section. Mother, father and baby survived relatively unscathed. The couple named the baby Kimberly Samantha Rose Gordon
Spent fireworks litter the street, testament to America’s celebration of the land of the free. Trayvon Martin should have been celebrating the Fourth of July as well, hanging out with his parents and his friends, doing whatever young people do when the world around them is not treating them like would-be criminals. Instead, attorneys for the state and for George Zimmerman duke it out in a Sanford, Fla., courthouse about whether or not Martin deserved to die. Did the 17-year-old cause his own death by not turning tail and running when a stranger followed him block after block?
It was shaping up to be another routine commute home. That is, if you can call the 56-mile-each-way commute between south Mount Vernon and Seattle I’ve been doing now for more than two decades ordinary. But as I got off the Sound Transit bus in Everett and hopped in my truck to drive the remaining 30 miles, I received a call from Times night editor Cathy McLain that would make this evening anything but ordinary. “The Skagit River Bridge between Mount Vernon and Burlington has fallen in the river,” said the voice on my cell phone.
The question all week long was this: Who are you going to believe, an illegal alien or the president of the United States of America? Obviously, if it’s a president who once went by an alias, Barry Soetoro, you go with Uncle Omar, 100 percent, no questions asked. And so it was that the White House finally admitted to another, uh, misstatement — despite previous denials, Barack/Barry did sleep on his beloved Uncle Omar’s couch in Cambridge when he first moved here to attend Harvard Law School (speaking of which, we’re still waiting to see the president’s grades and his LSAT scores). But the
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