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
Coming soon maybe to a grocery store near you — chicken from China. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) ruled recently that poultry processed in China can be sold in the United States. But first the birds must be born and raised in the U.S., Canada or Chile. Then they’re exported to China before being shipped back to the Americas. Food-safety experts worry about the quality of chicken processed in a country notorious for avian influenza and food-borne illnesses. And they predict China will eventually seek to broaden the export rules to allow chickens born and raised there.
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
SEATTLE - A local man has died and a woman is in serious condition after they were stabbed repeatedly by a stranger who confronted them Friday night as they were walking in Pioneer Square after the Seattle Sounders game, police said. Friends identified the man who died as Troy Wolff, 46, who was chairman of the English Department at Shoreline Community College and had taught there for 17 years. He was walking with his girlfriend near 3rd Avenue South and South Jackson Street at about 10:30 p.m. Friday when she was suddenly confronted by a man who pulled out a small knife and
Can we even talk anymore? Maybe not, discovered Cliff Mass. Mass is an atmospheric sciences professor at the University of Washington. He has been troubled for years by the way the subject of global warming can turn typically even-headed scientists into politicized, tribal warriors. As he sees it, there are the vast majority of scientists, including himself, who think human-caused global warming is a reality. But some in this group, frustrated at political inaction, have begun hyping the effects of climate change beyond what the science supports.
Cleveland-based kidnapper and rapist Ariel Castro has been found dead from hanging in his cell at the Correction Reception Center in Orient, OH. Castro had been sentenced to life plus 1,000 years for kidnapping and sexually assaulting Amanda Berry, Michelle Knight and Gina DeJesus while holding them captive for over a decade. The Ohio Department of Corrections released the statement below: Inmate Ariel Castro was found hanging in his cell this evening at 9:20 pm at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient. He was housed in protective custody which means he was in a cell by himself
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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.
New York — The anchor who might beat Bill O’Reilly gets her eyelash extensions applied one at a time, with tweezers and dabs of glue, about 90 minutes before showtime, right after a motorized gun sprays foundation over her face, neck, shoulders, collarbone and sternum, wiping out a galaxy of light freckles that spreads across her — Let me stop you right there. Photos of the day Uruguay legalizes marijuana, Kiev police pull back from protesters, aging U.S. prison population and more. Tuesday´s Photos of the day Would you write this way about a man? About O’Reilly himself? At least that’s what Megyn Kelly might ask at
When I was a kid, I knew two different Santa Clauses. The first had a fat belly, rosy cheeks, a long white beard, and skin as pink as bubble gum. He was omnipresent, visiting my pre-school and the local mall, visible in all of my favorite Christmas specials. Then there was the Santa in my family’s household, in the form of ornaments, cards, and holiday figurines. A near-carbon copy of the first one—big belly, rosy cheeks, long white beard: check, check, check. But his skin was as dark as mine. Seeing two different Santas was bewildering. Eventually I asked my father what
In August 2013 I became very sick with what I thought was a cold. After a few days I lost vision in my left eye and I checked into the hospital. I soon found out that what I thought was a summer cold was actually Strep bacteria poisoning my blood stream. The bacteria blinded my left eye, ate a hole through my heart, caused five strokes on both sides of my brain and forced the removal of my prosthetic left knee. Dr. Lee was the surgeon assigned to perform open heart surgery. What was originally scheduled to last four hours ended
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The health director who approved the release of President Obama’s birth certificate has died in a plane crash, Hawaiian officials said Thursday. Loretta Fuddy died after the Cessna Grand Caravan aircraft she was travelling on went down shortly after leaving Kalaupapa Airport at around 3:15 p.m. local time (10:15 a.m. ET) on Wednesday. The other eight people on board were rescued, Richard Schuman, president of Makani Kai Air, told NBC News early Thursday, adding that that there was no indication as to why the plane had crashed. Fuddy hit the headlines two years ago when she approved a waiver request allowing Obama to
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Looks like this president can’t get away with flirting in front of his wife… It appears that first lady Michelle Obama was none too pleased with the way that President Barack Obama was acting toward Denmark Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt during a ceremony honoring Nelson Mandela, and before too long, they switched seats. This lmao! Michelle Obama vs Prime Minister of Denmark at Mandela´s ceremony. pic.twitter.com/Rq4uF9fTaZ — Stun (@TheBlogPirate) December 10, 2013
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The sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela´s memorial yesterday "made up his own signs," according to South Africa´s deaf federation. "He´s a complete fraud," Cara Loening, director of Sign Language Education and Development in Cape Town, said according to ITV News. "He wasn´t even doing anything, There was not one sign there. Nothing. He was literally flapping his arms around." Delphin Hlungwane, an official South African sign language interpreter at DeafSA, told Reuters:
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