Liberty United recycles illegal guns and bullets provided by police into handcrafted jewellery, pens and accessories.
TRANSFORM A GUN. TRANSFORM A LIFE.
Liberty United is a company that hopes to curb gun violence in America by creating high-end jewelry out of seized illegal guns and bullets. They transform the weapons and ammunition provided by police into handcrafted jewellery and accessories, with 20-25% of profit from each sale donated to programs that help to educate and protect an at-risk child from gun violence.
“OUR MISSION IS TO REDUCE GUN VIOLENCE IN THIS COUNTRY,” — Peter Thum, founder of Liberty United
Liberty United recycles illegal guns and bullets from communities across the United States into jewelry and art. Sales of Liberty United pieces fund programs to reduce gun violence in the USA through collaborations with communities across the country.
“Our mission is to reduce gamma violent in this country. They (the police) helpers get access to that material and then we take it to melt it down.” Says Peter Thum, founder of Liberty United.
“What I wanted to do was create a company made pieces that were a lot like the problem. There are so many guns in the US, and there are so many people getting killed, and there are so many people who need to express themselves, to say ‘This is where I stand.’”
The proceeds fund programs across America to educate and protect at-risk children from gun violence.
“The program that we are funding is for hundreds of children. None of these kids have permanent address is, and so he’s given them an opportunity every Saturday to go and get multiple hours of education.
“The sales also help support other projects like Philadelphia’s Mural Art Project. It’s a program for young people between the age of 14 and 24 who have been released from prison. People have committed crimes previously who, if not helped, would be extremely likely to go back to prison.”
“What they do for these guys is that they teach the job skills, and given connections, they help them basically do all the kinds of things anybody else would want, so that they can get careers and working skills and get into earning money in ways that don’t have anything to do with crime or guns.
“What they do for these guys is that they teach the job skills, they give them connections, they help them basically do all the kinds of things anybody else would want, so that they can get careers and working skills and get into earning money in ways that don’t have anything to do with crime and guns.”
“These pieces are a sort of an invite to say ‘This is one way that you can express what you think about gun violence in this country and reducing it.‘“
But there are lots of ways that people can act.
Watch below as Scott-Dani Pappalardo’s act of unilateral disarmament goes viral for destroying his AR-15 On Facebook after Florida school shooting.
#oneless — one man’s drop in a very large bucket has sparked a viral campaign
A viral internet campaign urging gun owners to destroy their weapons to prevent yet another mass shooting is sweeping the United States, reports the Evening Standard.
The #Oneless campaign is gathering momentum in the US. One man’s emotional video showing himself sawing in half his AR-15 rifle sparked a huge outpouring of support online.
The movement calls on people to destroy their guns to ensure they do not get into the wrong hands and are used to take lives.
Footage of Scott-Dani Pappalardo – a licensed gun owner – who shared a poignant video of him speaking about the devastating high school shooting that left 17 students and teachers dead, is sweeping the anti-gun movement in the US.
In the footage, Mr Pappalardo described himself as being one of the many American citizens who had always supported the right to bear arms. However, he said the Valentine’s Day shooting – the deadliest school massacre in the US since the Sandy Hook tragedy – had forced him to take personal action.
“So when do we change, when do we make laws that say maybe a weapon like this isn’t acceptable in today’s society?“ asked Mr. Pappalardo into the camera.
“Ultimately, it is a gun like this one that take away so many lives. I have decided today, I am going to make sure this weapon will never be able to take a life.” The video then shows him taking the weapon to an angle grinder and sawing it in half.
His post went viral across social media, prompting others to share the hashtag and praise him for speaking out on the contentious issue. Others have begun to post similar videos. Check out #oneless