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U.S. authorities have used the crisis to disarm the population

December 8 2008
16:18

Americans, whose economic crisis has limited resources, willing to part with their favorite guns for supplements to dinner. U.S. residents pulled guns from under the bed and carried them to exchange points, to use the proceeds to purchase food coupons.

The annual program for the exchange of weapons ended on Friday in Compton - the industrial city south of Los Angeles. Local authorities long struggled with high crime rates, which mostly takes the form of armed violence.

This year, given the economic situation, the Department of the Los Angeles Police allowed to take weapons on condition of anonymity. In return, residents of California receive a $ 100 gift cards supermarket chains Ralphs, Target stores and consumer electronics Best Buy.

Similar action entitled "Gifts instead of weapons" are held in the state annually, but this year the scope of the program was unprecedented: in comparison with previous years, low-income Americans have handed over a record number of barrels.

According to the authorities for two weeks, the exchange of weapons of Californians passed the 965 trunks and two grenades. For comparison: in the past year has been collected only 387 rifles and pistols. In addition, now "catch" was with a touch of exoticism: starving citizens brought to the exchange of assault rifles and Soviet rifles.

The crisis has affected not only the volume of donated arms shipments, but also on the preferences of Americans in terms of exchange. First, most participants in the program "Gifts instead of guns" have changed their trunks to digital technology, clothing and the like.

This year virtually all Americans who wish to exchange guns for gift cards instead of coupons require grocery stores Ralphs, wrote , "Pravda.Ru" .

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