Would You Swap a Gun for a Bike? They’ve Started in Uruguay
Uruguay has long been one of Latin America’s most progressive countries when it comes to a bevy of issues from gay rights to foreign diplomacy, and its government’s new gun swapping program is lockstep with this country’s agenda. The Uruguayan Interior Ministry launched a “Weapons for Life” program, in which citizens can trade in their guns for computers or bicycles. This country of 3 million citizens is home to half a million guns; according to the Ministry, the goal of this program is to promote responsible gun ownership, a safe disarming of society and to “achieve a more harmonious existence.” The government also claims it will crack down on illegal gun ownership and bolster proper training for weapons owners. It will be interesting to see whether a program to combat violence via an incentive for bicycling will find success.
Cities in the U.S. have rolled out cash for guns programs in the past with mixed results. Would you think such a program outside of Uruguay would work?
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