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Pixels for Pistols

Toronto officials want people to give up their nasty, brutish habit of marksmanship, if you want to point something at objects and pull a trigger, they have an alternative for you:

The amnesty program, Pixels for Pistols, is a joint endeavour with the 26-store Henry’s camera chain, based on Church St. in Toronto. For four weeks, Toronto residents who hand over a gun, legal or not, will receive a digital camera, either a Nikon Coolpix S52 or a Coolpix P60, listed at $230 and $190 on the Henry’s website. The offer includes photography lessons.

Fortunately, some gun owners in Ontario already know they are sad, evil individuals, and are taking steps at cleansing their souls:

Among the callers was John Hope, who keeps a trigger lock on the 9-mm Beretta stowed in his Bracebridge home. He says he’s eager to give up the gun so it doesn’t land in the wrong hands – a criminal or suicidal teenager, say. Since he can’t trade it for a camera, he now plans to throw it into the middle of a lake.

Argh!  Sell that thing to a collector who would value it.  Restricted firearms in Canada are tough to come by.  It would have been like someone tossing a fine pre-ban AR-15 in a lake during the height of our assault weapons ban.

3 Responses to “Pixels for Pistols”

  1. Weer'd Beard says:

    I dunno, If my Digital camera was giving up the ghost, and I had a hi-point with feeding issues on hand I might make the economical desion.

    How much is a collector going to give you for a Hi-point or a Jennings, or a Raven Arms? How much if the gun isn’t running very well?

    Just saying.

    I know whenever Boston decides to waste tax monies on “buy-backs” a bunch of us all talk about the gun in the back of the safe just just such an occation….

  2. Sebastian says:

    To the extent that Bitter collects guns, she collects saturday night specials :)

  3. B Smith says:

    Every time I’ve sold a gun, EVERY TIME—I’ve regretted it. I’ve taken a personal vow to never sell another.
    From another point of view, evil is definitely afoot in this country. I’m no rabid conspiracy theorist (at least, I don’t think so), but given the times we live in now, I’m not too jazzed about letting go of ANYTHING that goes ‘bang’ and sends lead—even sometimes.
    I’ve got two old Mosin-Nagants that are worn-n-weathered out, have excess headspace, and I don’t shoot them anymore (one is an m-91 hex receiver, dated 1897, and thus served the Army of the Czar) I prefer to enjoy them as history, imagining what they’ve been through. But I have no doubt that if I jacked a load of cartridges into them, they’d chamber and fire, if reluctantly and spewing half-burnt powder.
    The day may come when that’s all I have left to offer. And on that day, it might even be enough, who knows?

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