In response to “Yarmouth mulls gun collection event” (April 12, Page B1), I wish to inform readers of a new program being promoted by the Newtown (Connecticut) Foundation, an all-volunteer nonprofit that was organized following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012.

The foundation’s Swords to Plowshares program procures guns that have been taken to local police departments and ships them to an artisan in Colorado, who turns them into gardening tools.

The town of Yarmouth, and any other local organization, should consider this appropriate use for guns that are donated. I suggest that Yarmouth Police Chief Michael Morrill (and all other local police chiefs) choose this path as an appropriate use for unwanted guns. Perhaps grassroots volunteers could support the effort, rather than having local police add more to their workload.

The Newtown Foundation welcomes inquiries and financial contributions and may be contacted at [email protected] or by mail at P.O. Box 3325, Newtown, CT 06470.

Carol Sue Hayden


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