Guns to Garden Tools: Local bishop melting guns down into garden tools to help community gardens

New Haven

HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH) – A local bishop is making guns into garden tools.

Bishop James Curry and his group Swords to Plowshares Northeast, which has members who are legal gun owners, is using his 2,400-degree forge and anvils to reshape the conversation around gun safety and guns in homes.

“Most everybody knows somebody who has been a victim of gun violence or especially a suicide, which is the majority of gun deaths in this country,” Bishop Curry said.

They get the guns through gun buyback events where they give out free gun locks and safes. They give away the tools they make to community gardens and groups, but they also sell them to raise money for this program.

During the demonstration, the bishop often invites someone who is watching to have a hand in this transformation, which can be particularly powerful for someone who is maybe a victim of gun violence or perpetrated it.

“Over and over again I hear from people that it’s a moment of release and a moment of hope,” Bishop Curry said.

On Sunday, the bishop will be bringing the equipment to St. James Episcopal Church in New London where he will help celebrate mass and then put on a demonstration. He says the church has a strong history of community involvement.

“This is just an expansion of that,” Bishop Curry said.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

New Haven

Yale Ph.D. student coming up on $1 million in winnings in 27-day streak on Jeopardy!

News /

'Defund Police' poster hanging in New Haven school window sparks controversy in the community

News /

CT Department of Consumer Protection Deputy Commissioner suspends liquor permit for Terminal 110 in New Haven

News /

State leaders, educators take part in panel discussion about funding college for high school seniors

News /

Pet of the Week: Luigi

News /

New Haven officer laid to rest one week after deadly crash

News /
More New Haven

Trending Stories

Don't Miss

More Don't Miss