Santa Fe police bought more than 200 guns from people who withstood sub-freezing weather in a long line last weekend. City leaders hailed the first of several planned gun buyback days as a success.
Here's how the program works: Gun owners voluntarily turn in their guns and get paid up to $300 per weapon, no questions asked. Police Chief Ray Rael said as a result of the day's haul, three highly lethal assault weapons were taken in and another was a stolen assault rifle. Others included relics and high-capacity handguns.
This is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Coming up, for years, we've been telling you about the tens of thousands of people who have been killed or kidnapped by the drug cartels in Mexico, but the truth is, nobody really knew how many there were because nobody kept track. This week, the new president of Mexico signed a new law to set up a national registry of victims and to compensate the families. We'll have more on that in just a few minutes.
Mexico's new president, Enrique Peña Nieto, recently enacted a law to compensate victims of drug violence. It also sets up a national registry to record the crimes. Host Michel Martin discusses the new law with Nik Steinberg of Human Rights Watch.
Now, let's head back to events in this country. Thousands of Americans will be in Washington to watch history being made at the presidential inauguration, to hear President Obama's vision for the next four years.
Thurs. 1/17 10a: Artists from Denmark, Mexico, Italy, Australia, Switzerland, Poland, and New Mexico are performing on a variety of Albuquerque stages from January 15 through February 3, as part of the Tricklock Company's annual Revolutions Theatre Festival. Spencer Beckwith talks with the co-Artistic Director of the Festival, Tricklock's Juli Hendren.
Whether crustaceans feel pain is generally something people try not to think about while munching on a crab cake or a lobster roll. Few of us would like to think that our dinner suffered during preparation, but still, we can't help but be a little curious.
Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 8:18 am
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