UW Religion Today: Divine Ammunition: The Art of Al Farrow – University of Wyoming News

September 21, 2017

Artist Al Farrow’s “The Skull of Santo Guerro II,” a reliquary of an imagined saint, evokes both violence and the sacred. The skull rests on a bed of spent rifle shells. Farrow’s “Divine Ammunition” exhibition is on view at the UW Art Museum through Dec. 16. (Paul Flesher Photo)

By Paul V.M. Flesher

A sliver of white is lifted above a platform below a small dome surmounted by a tiny cupola. The dome is supported by four columns. At least that is what I think I see from across the museum gallery.

A closer look brings a sudden shock: The white sliver is bone, a human finger. The finger’s platform is constructed out of bullets and shells; the dome and cupola covered with shotgun pellets; and the columns are pistol barrels, with the pistols still attached.

According to the label, the finger belongs to “Santo Guerro,” a purposeful misnaming of an imaginary “Saint of War.” (Or, does it mean Saint Blondie?) But, the odd name is less important than my reaction upon viewing the image.

Questions race through my brain. Is it sacrilege to surround a saint with weaponry? Is there a message here, something beyond the observation that most saints died through violence? Why do I feel my gut turn?

Not answering my questions, I move on and immediately run into the reliquary of Santo Guerro’s skull, lying in a glass box on top of a pile of empty 30-06 rifle shells. The skull’s unhinged grin mocks the serious character of its bed.

Before the two reliquaries stands a model of a large Gothic cathedral. It is made mostly from ammunition, intricately put together. The child in me who loved models is attracted like a magnet; without thinking, I spend five fascinated minutes

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Revolvers, ammunition and almost 200 knives dumped during weapons amnesty – Birmingham Mail

Two deadly hand-guns, ammunition and nearly TWO HUNDRED knives have been recovered during an a mnesty on weapons.

West Midlands Police released details of the shocking haul after they emptied a dozen surrender bins across the region following a summer of fatal shootings and stabbings.

The revolvers were found complete with eight rounds of 9mm ammunition dumped in a bin off Green Lane, in Small Heath, while BB guns were also left in a bin in Heath Town in Wolverhampton.

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson with some of the weapons taken from weapon bins West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson with some of the weapons taken from weapon bins

A total of 184 knives or sharp objects were recovered from the bins with 94 emptied from one bin in West Bromwich town centre.

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson said all the knives and guns will be destroyed.

He said: “These bins are only successful if the community supports them. I would like to thank everyone who deposited a weapon, or encouraged someone else to do so, for doing the right thing.

“Our streets are safer as a result of these bins. If anyone out there has a weapon – or knows someone who does – I would urge them to get rid of it in a surrender bin as soon as possible.”

People were encouraged to use the bins to dispose of weapons safely. Meanwhile a separate gun surrender was launched by police.

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson with a butterfly knife taken from a weapon bin West Midlands

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Review: Federal Premium HST Ammunition – Shooting Illustrated (press release) (blog)

In 2002, Federal Premium introduced its HST ammunition, which was intended for—and sales were restricted to—law enforcement. This “tactical” ammunition featured a new bullet designated “HST.” Some hypothesized the abbreviation stood for “Hi-Shok Two,” but in reality it was just a name. It was, however, a name that gained a stellar reputation on the street. This should not come as a surprise, considering bullet-engineering guru Tom Burczynski, of Hydra-Shok and EFMJ fame, worked on this new project.

According to Larry Head, senior manager of ammunition product development at Federal Premium, “The HST was developed specifically to meet performance requirements, such as FBI protocols that many police departments and government agencies were requesting—specifically to get larger expanded diameters without sacrificing penetration.”

Meeting these requirements is often accomplished by bonding the bullet’s core to its jacket, which helps maintain bullet integrity as it passes through barriers. With the Federal Premium HST ammunition, Federal went a different direction. Instead of bonding, the bullet features a cannelure in the shank to hold the core and jacket together mechanically. It also has patented, coaligned, internal core and external-jacket skives, all of which optimize bullet upset.

Federal offers HST loads in several popular calibers in its Personal Defense line of ammunition, which was made available for purchase by civilians back in 2015. According to Federal Premium Product Specialist Dan Compton, the decision was based on consumer feedback and demand. When the announcement was made, I suspected the decision meant Federal would soon offer a new, LE-only load, but Compton said, inconclusively, “As for new products, we are constantly researching, evaluating and testing concepts and designs.” Some of these new products rolled out over the last couple years include HST Micro options for short-barreled pistols and even a .38 Spl. option with a unique cartridge design. For

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Rohnert Park police find drugs and guns in traffic stop – Santa Rosa Press Democrat

A traffic stop Tuesday night led to Rohnert Park Public Safety officers seizing three handguns, a large amount of marijuana and likely methamphetamine.

Officers pulled over a Ford Expedition around 10:30 p.m. on Commerce Boulevard in Cotati after witnessing a traffic violation in Rohnert Park, said Sgt. Jeff Justice.

Police noticed a strong smell of marijuana as they approached the SUV, according to a Rohnert Park Public Safety statement.

The two people inside the vehicle, Sergio Mendez-Zurita, 24, of Santa Rosa, and Saul Esquivel-Gutierrez, 26, of Cotati, provided officers with identification issued in Mexico. When one of the men opened the glove box for the insurance and registration papers, the officers noticed a high-capacity magazine for an assault rifle, the statement said.

The two were removed from the SUV and Mendez-Zurita was found with what appeared to be methamphetamine. When officers searched the vehicle they discovered two large garbage bags stuffed with numerous 1-pound bags of marijuana. The total weight of the marijuana seizure was not disclosed.

Police also found three handguns — two loaded — and a high-capacity magazine for a handgun under the center console, according to the statement.

Mendez-Zurita and Esquivel-Gutierrez were booked in Sonoma County Jail on multiple drugs and weapons charges and are being held on $30,000 bail.

You can reach Staff Writer Nick Rahaim at 707-521-5203 or [email protected] On Twitter @nrahaim.

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In Our View: What About Guns? – The Columbian

It could happen here. It could happen anywhere. As last week’s school shooting in Eastern Washington reminds us, no region of the country is immune from the scourge of school shootings.

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