Triumph Of The Twee

In yet another example of throwing good money after bad, the City of Minneapolis is teaming up with some of their poverty-pimp non-profit friends to host a gun buyback on August 27th, in North and South Minneapolis.

They’ll be offereing Visa gift cards – from $25 for an “antique” to $300 for an “assault weapon”.  The buyback will happen at (Station 14 in north Minneapolis and Station 17 in south Minneapolis).

I’ll let that sink in for a moment as you mark your calenders and locate your ATM cards.

But to add some extra wieselfreude:  there’s public art involved!

Unlike typical gun buybacks, following the August 27 buyback … the weapons will be decommissioned and given to Twin Cities’ artists to create statements about the impact of gun violence in our community.

Building upon the momentum of the national Guns in the Hands of Artists exhibit that PUC recently presented in the Twin Cities, the reclaimed guns will be given to local artists to create statements about the impact of gun violence in our community. This art will be a part of a new campaign called “Art Is My Weapon: a Minnesota Installation of Guns in the Hands of Artists.” A call for artists will be posted soon

And will this ‘art’ be sent to North Minneapolis, where the actual violence is?

Or will this stay in Kenwood and Crocus Hill, like all the other anti-gun protests?

18 thoughts on “Triumph Of The Twee

  1. “They’ll be offereing Visa gift cards – from $25 for an “antique” to $300 for an “assault weapon”. ”

    These poor things. I’d pay more for an antique to hang on my wall.

    But a guy could buy an SKS for $150 and make a 100% profit on every one.

    In fact, calling the NARN crew to Terry Keegan’s place for a fund raising investment meeting would be a real hilarious, fun time!

  2. I’m guessing that neither of the Fire Stations is posted. If I were to go to those neighborhoods to turn in a POS weapon I think that strong consideration would need to be given to CC. Just saying.

  3. Have background checks been conducted on the city representatives buying back the guns? Will they be done on the artists receiving the guns? Is the City of Mpls a licensed FFL?

  4. I think if they’re “decommissioned” that FFL requirements are void.

    But I’d love to see how they’re “decommissioning” them.

  5. Exactly. Some “de-commissionings” may be different from others. Perhaps they’ll ask the guns how they self-identify, and if the gun feels as if it’s decommissioned then it will be considered as such.

  6. I’m wondering how many of those “artists” would sell those guns for some quick cash?

    As Mitch points out, depending on what the lefties mean by “decommissioning”, they may still be saleable; i.e. removing the firing pin.

    I can see the ads now; “Starving artists gun sale!”

  7. I have an old Sears Roebuck single-shot .22 that my grandmother pulled out of a brush fire, about 60 years ago. The stock is a bit scorched, and nobody has ever had the guts to try and fire it, but it’s a firearm.

    Do you think if I spray-painted it black and duct-taped a bit of broom handle as a fore-grip that they’d accept it as an assault rifle?

  8. Two questions:

    First, does “decommissioning” a firearm involve actions that make Minneapolis PD a “manufacturer” under the State Department’s brand-new redefinition?

    Second: is there anything prohibiting me from standing in front of the station with a sign “Cash for Guns, No Questions Asked” to offer consumers a better value than the city is offering?

  9. Cant’ speak to the first question. I don’t know.

    Second: There are people talking about that sort of thing. Stay tuned.

  10. I like Joe’s question. Maybe a public auction, let the city place it’s best bid. Someone’s going to sell a AR-15 or the like for $300.00, not very likely!

  11. Per what Scott notes, it’s only the foolish, along with criminals looking to unload a crime gun, that will benefit. What could possibly go wrong?

  12. Bikebubba, good point. Maybe I’ll go with several signs: one saying “Cash for Guns” and another saying “Quick Cash for Guns Used In Crime No Questions Asked” and a third “Hard Cash For Stolen Guns” and a fourth saying “Sell Me Your Murder Weapon, I’ll Hide the Evidence.”

    When the cops show up to move me along for the first one, I’ll switch signs and claim a First Amendment right to protest bad public policy. I’m entitled to a dozen police officers as escort plus 16 warnings over a two hour period before we negotiate whether I have to leave or I can stay.

    What . . . that’s the established precedent for protests, isn’t it?

  13. I wonder if I could hire a couple of 20-year-old African-American actors to wear low-rider pants and pulled-up bandanas, to stand outside the fire station during the buy-back, flashing gang signs while holding signs saying “I Buy Stolen Guns, Too.”

    The photo on Twitter would be priceless.

  14. “Cash for Guns, No Questions Asked” & “Second: There are people talking about that sort of thing. Stay tuned.”
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