Fourteen years ago Dr. Erinma Bell and her husband Raymond witnessed a close friend being shot in front of them,” manchestereveningnews.com reports. “The friend survived but they then went on to set up Carisma (Community Alliance for Renewal, Inner South Manchester Area) to give young people positive alternatives to street and gun crime.” And now . . .
She has been honoured by [Salford University’s] Guns to Goods, a group, which converts illegal firearms into art to celebrate inspirational stories. . .
The piece was originally set in clay before the guns seized by police and handed in during amnesties were used to create the final sculpture.
Erinma said art is the best possible use of guns.
She said: “It is very flattering. When the artist first asked me I thought ‘why me?’.
“But it’s great for me and my children to see it. My kids are really proud. When they first saw it they were like ‘wow!’. It’s a beautiful creation.
The News obviously agrees, headlining their article ‘This could be the best use of guns we’ve ever seen.’ I reckon a defensive gun use against a criminal or a tyrannical government is the best use of a gun I’ve ever seen. But what do I know? I live in The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave, not The Land of Hope and Glory.
Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said: “The number of firearm-related incidents remains incredibly low in comparison to its peak in 2007/2008, and the public should be reassured that we are working hard every day to deter and dismantle this selfish and reckless criminal behaviour.
“We can’t do it alone however, which is why inspiring individuals such as Erinma are so crucial to supporting our communities, reducing gun crime and saving lives.”