Hartford kicks off Raise the Caliber campaign

A handshake statue of made from seized weapons on display at Bushnell Park in  Hartford, Sept. 3, 2014.
A handshake statue of made from seized weapons on display at Bushnell Park in Hartford, Sept. 3, 2014.

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — A statue in Hartford is sending a strong message against gun violence.

It shows two people shaking hands, and the whole thing is actually made from guns. All of those guns came from the city’s gun buyback program, which ended up being 2,000 pounds of shredded weapons.

“The reason this inspired me is for those who are most affected, those who we lost to gun violence,” artist Michael Kalish said.

The campaign is called ‘Raise the Caliber’.

“Today was a special day for Hartford,” said Mayor Segarra. “We commemorated our progress and also honored those who we’ve lost. To continue making progress in decreasing gun violence it will require all stakeholders working together.”

The statue is part of an anti-gun event and will be on display in Hartford’s Bushnell Park before moving on to Detroit.

A statue made from seized weapons on display at Bushnell Park in  Hartford, Sept. 3, 2014.
A statue made from seized weapons on display at Bushnell Park in Hartford, Sept. 3, 2014.

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