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Mexico City Hosts Gun Exchange

Posted: Jan. 2nd, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse
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The United States isn't the only country that has its share of gun violence, as evidenced by the death of a young boy in Mexico City. In response, officials held a gun exchange where residents could trade in the lethal weaponry for useful items like bikes, computers and toys.

Mexico City is sponsoring a program offering cash, toys and computer equipment in exchange for guns in a rough neighborhood where a 10-year-old boy was killed by a stray bullet as he sat inside a movie theater.

The program in the borough of Iztapalapa is dubbed "For Your Family: Voluntary Disarmament."

Borough president Jesus Valencia wrote in his Twitter account Monday that residents had turned in 27 rifles and 65 pistols.

The borough has been plagued by violent crime and people firing guns into the air during concerts and celebrations.


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