Trading Guns for Bikes

It’s a brilliant idea. Take guns off the street and replace them with bikes.

guns-for-bikes-300x199Uruguay rates 9th in the world for the number of guns per capita. With a population of just 3.3 million, there are more than a million guns – half of those unregistered.

Under the Uruguayan Interior Ministry’s “Weapons for Life” campaign, residents turning in an unregistered guns will each receive either a new bike or a (simple) computer. The scheme is an alternative to the weapons buyback schemes that richer countries like the USA and Australia have tried. And of course the idea has the potential to improve health and transport as well as reducing the murder rate.

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