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Unique Pop-Up Shop Shows First-Time Gun Buyers Their Weapon’s Awful Past

Trigger-happy New Yorkers get a dose of history when trying to buy a gun.

image via youtube screen capture

In New York City, where buying and carrying a legal handgun is notoriously difficult, a pop-up storefront reaching out to “First Time Gun Owners” in big, bold letters across its windows was sure to attract plenty of attention. Appearing for several days last week on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, the simply named “Gun Shop” was, at first glance, just that: A store for purchasing firearms. Curious shoppers filed in, one after another, where they were met by a straightforward employee more than willing to direct customers to their perfect weapon. Some cited a need for protection. Others simply wanted to exercise their constitutional right to own a gun. As they all discovered, though, this shop wasn’t simply unique for where it was, but also for the weapons it carried.

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A 1930s Gun Camera That Could Bring Transparency To Police Work

The Colt 38 was specially manufactured to shoot a film still every time the trigger was pulled.

Image of the revolver gun via the Netherlands' National Archive.

This revolver-camera from 1930s New York may have been ahead of its time in terms of law enforcement transparency. The Colt 38 was specially manufactured to shoot a film still every time the trigger was pulled. Not much else is known about the contraption, and the only photographs left of it are housed in the Netherlands’ National Archive.

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How Many People Would Be Dead If Egypt Had Guns Like America?

Egypt, while full of rocks to heave, has very few guns. Imagine how many people would have been killed by now if Egyptians had guns like Americans.

Human rights groups are estimating the death toll in Egypt to be at around 300 after the protests there turned bloody on Wednesday morning. Anti-government demonstrators and their pro-Mubarak counterparts have been clashing throughout the nation, beating each other with rocks and sticks, and in some cases burning one another with firebombs. It’s a horribly bloody scene, and we have to wonder: How much worse would it have been if this had happened in America?

Guns are currently legal in Egypt. But obtaining a gun through legal means is difficult, complicated by a process requiring multiple background checks and fees. Besides that, the simple price of guns—hundreds of dollars on the low end—makes it an impractical purchase for most Egyptians, almost half of whom live on two dollars a day. Also, if this amateur petition is to be believed, for the poor to acquire gun licenses—even if they can afford a gun—is difficult if not impossible.

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