In June, folks were given the opportunity to trade in their weapons for gift cards and Cavs' tickets and entry in a raffle.
“This gun melt will take guns surrendered by their owners, recycle them into steel and prevent them from ever being used in an act of violence,” said Mayor Frank Jackson in ceremonial remarks.
That's certainly true, but the melting seems much more symbolic gesture — Jackson taking a stand against gun violence — than practical remedy.
Nonetheless, the "swords-into-ploughshares" idea is duly appreciated, especially with the never-ending spate of shootings nationwide.
Via a city press release on June 15, 352 guns were collected on that day (311 handguns and 41 "long guns"), so every last weapon was destroyed.