People received peace lilies after turning in guns.
Gun art used to remember those who have been victims of gun violence.
By: Erin Torbett
The Richland County Sheriff's Department partnered with the Faith Coalition on Gun Violence to get guns off the street on Saturday. Sheriff's deputies collected 29 pistols, rifles, and shotguns at the 'Peace Lilies for Guns' event. These guns are going to be melted down and used to create a sculpture representing non-violence.
People who dropped off the unloaded guns received a peace lily in return.
John Evans created the Faith Coalition on Gun Violence after the Sandy Hook shooting to help decrease gun violence in Columbia. He uses events like 'Peace Lilies for Guns' as a way to achieve this goal.
"When the Sandy Hook massacre happened in December of 2012, a lot of us started talking about what could be done instead of just ringing our hands," says Evans. "
Evans will work with artists in Columbia to create the abstract piece of art that will help raise public awareness and remember victims of gun violence.
"We wanted people to see the harshness and the violence that can be done with weapons but also how they can be transformed into something peaceful," Evans says.