23 January 2006

Forget Butter -- Now It's Guns Versus Computers

At least one district in Mexico City is offering computers to anyone willing to trade in their guns:
Shootings are a daily occurrence in Mexico City, a sprawling megalopolis of 18 million people where muggings, carjackings and kidnappings are common.

The computers-for-guns program, which echoes past schemes in other city districts that offered groceries for guns, will target some of the district's most crime-hit areas, although collectors' items are also turning up.

Although the groceries-for-guns and computers-for-guns schemes may prove to be somewhat successful, a proposed follow-on campaign to exchange badges for guns has been scrapped; it seems that no one needs any stinking badges.

Personally, I'm curious to see how this thing is working a few months hence -- will those who held onto their guns simply use them to take computers from those who didn't? Is there a Spanish word for Darwinism?

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