Skip to comments.'Gun-sharing station' in Chicago uses art to make point about gun violence
Posted on 05/16/2018 7:35:03 AM PDT by simpson96
CHICAGO -- It's like a bike-sharing station, but with what appear to be AR-15 rifles.
No, the "gun-sharing station" in Daley Plaza is not actually real, it's more a symbolic piece of public art.
The exhibit, called the "Chicago Gun Share Program," holds a row of 10 replicas of AR-15 rifles. The exhibit is structured to make it look as though getting a weapon is as easy as renting a bike.
The protest art piece is an illustration of how easy it is for an ordinary citizen to obtain an assault weapon, and came about as a partnership between Chicago-based advertising agency The Escape Pod and gun safety organization the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence.
"Our hope is to raise awareness of this important issue. We're hoping the Chicago community can take advantage of this ... and learn how simple it is for a civilian to obtain a weapon of war," said Max Samis, Brady Center press secretary.
"Our goal here is to start a conversation on one of the more burning issues of our day, and in the process, raise much-needed funds for the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence," said Vinny Warren, The Escape Pod executive creative director. "This issue is especially relevant to our home town of Chicago, which has suffered more than most from the plague of gun violence."
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Good idea. They provide ammo too?
Remember Obama once said, it’s easier to get a gun in some places, than a book or computer.
Everyone here probably knows a few people who will be “gun sharing stations” should the SHTF.
It depends on what you mean by easy. "Ordinary citizens" have to go through background checks and in a number of states, like Illinois, are subject to many restrictions on magazine size, accessories, storage, etc.
It is much easier for the criminals. Maybe they should direct their campaign at getting guns out of the hands of criminals rather than targeting ordinary citizens.
Actually, for criminals who want to use a gun for a crime, then get rid of it right away... they’ll probably have a better record of returns than the Bike Share.
I remember about 30-40- years ago when some anti-gun group gave an “artist” lots of confiscated guns to make an anti-gun sculpture. When he had finished it was put on display, but the “artist” never got paid, even till the day he died, he never got paid.
Interesting. This “protest” will probably help people get more comfortable with seeing guns in public. Could backfire, so to speak ;)
Does the idiot ‘artist’ even know that ARs are banned in Chicago and Cook county.
Many years ago, the Phoenix New Times ran an April Fools Day story about an organization giving guns to the homeless.
They assumed that the public, disdaining the homeless, would be horrified at the idea of giving them guns.
What they didn’t count on were all those people who pondered that briefly, and concluded that unless the homeless were mentally ill, or had been convicted of felonies, they had just as much right to be armed as anyone else.
In fact, several noted that the homeless are more prone to being *victims* of violent crimes, so their need to be armed is even greater.
One even observed that as a rule of thumb, if the police found a legal gun owning homeless person, they would automatically confiscate their gun on general principles, and that this was far worse than their being armed.
I actually like this idea.
Brainless knee jerk Lefty horse sh*t.
“Our goal here is to start a conversation...”
His goal is getting attention for himself.
Those who commit gun crimes in Chicago are never, ever going to think about what they are doing, or take part in a “conversation”, and he knows it.
I hope they had a porta potty close so the liberals didn’t mess their pants.
During the Revolutionary War, people that were too poor to own a gun and supplies were provided them by the community militia.
I think i worked with that sculptor.
Do you know if he was from Jersey?
Too long ago. I just remembered he did not get paid before he died.
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