This Agency's Gun Share Program Imagines a World Where AR-15s Are Rented Like Bikes

The installation in Chicago aims to keep the conversation around firearms safety fresh

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Imagine this scene: you’re on your way to work, bleary-eyed, and you approach a bike-sharing station. But, in lieu of bikes, you’re confronted with a row of 10 replica AR-15 rifles. It’s a jarring sight and that’s exactly the point of this collaborative art installation in Chicago’s Daley Plaza from The Escape Pod agency and the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

You can’t actually grab a gun from the “Chicago Gun Share Program,” but its creators hope the installation will send a message about how disturbingly easy it is for a citizen to acquire an assault weapon—about as easy as renting a bike.




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