Jan 23, 2013

Gotta Get My Gun

There are reports that 250,000 people have signed up for the NRA since the President made his announcement about changes in the gun laws.  And lots of people are buying guns.  In a class recently where my son was getting his hunter’s license, one of the participants there raised his hand and said “I only want a gun.”  So I am wondering if these people are buying assault weapons before they are banned, or clips with more than 10 rounds?

More than 900 people have been killed by guns in the U.S. since the Sandy Hook massacre.  Having a gun in the house makes it more likely that someone will be killed by a family member, by an accident or by their own hand.  It does not make people safer.  The statistics support this.

So I decided I had to get a gun.  One that is melted down into jewelry.  In Newark, where my favorite Mayor Cory Booker (he of the rushing-into-a-house-on-fire-to-save-someone) held a gun buy back program.  Jewelry designer Jessica  Mindich approached the Mayor with with the idea of melting down the guns and bullet casings and making them into jewelry.  Signing off “Jewlery for a Cause”, Ms. Mindich gives a portion of her proceeds to the city of Newark.  Recently she handed Mayor Booker a check for $20,000.

On the website where you can buy the bracelets, calibercollection.com, it says:

The Caliber Collection is made up of metal from 250 guns and bullet casings seized by the Newark Police Department. The result is a series of pieces that embody the gun’s transformation from a destructive weapon to a powerful symbol of renewal. A portion of the proceeds from each sale is used to fund future Gun Buyback Amnesty programs in Newark. It is our hope that this will be a model that we can roll out in other cities across the nation.

The site is done in black and white and cleverly uses language associated with guns.  The theme of the site is “A shot of style, jewelry’s secret weapon.”   The name “caliber” was chosen because of guns, and because how the caliber of a city is raised without them.

My bracelet arrived in an envelope that said “evidence.”  The bracelet was tagged with the kind of tag you see on guns from buy-back sales.   The serial number and the city’s name Newark are on the bracelet and I will wear it proudly and with prayer that our country gets the message that guns make great jewelry.



  • Hey Glo—-any relation to the Mindich who teaches at Punahou? They are my neighbors!

  • A whole new twist on beating swords into plowshares.

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Gloria. Circa 1955.

Gloria. Circa 2012.

Other than working for the American Red Cross in Korea for two years, Gloria Garvey has lived in Hawai`i since 1971. Her opinion and other writing has appeared in: The American Philatelist. Honolulu Weekly, The Honolulu Advertiser, The Honolulu Star Bulletin, The Star Advertiser, Hawai`i Reporter, Pacific Business News, Island Scene, The Design Management Journal.

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