<html> <head><style type ="text/css">body { font-family: "Bloomberg Prop Unicode I", Verdana, sans-serif; font-size:125%; letter-spacing: -0.3pt; color: #FF9F0F; background-color: #000000; text-align: left; } p {line-height: 1.25em; max-width:900px; width:expression(document.body.clientWidth > 900? "900px": "auto" );} h1, h2, h3 { text-align: left; font-weight: normal; color: #FFFFFF; } h1 { font-size: 130%; } h2 { font-size: 115%; } h3 { font-size: 100%; } #bb-style { font-size: 90%; max-width:900px; width:expression(document.body.clientWidth > 900? "900px": "auto" ); } b, strong { font-weight: bold; } i, em { color: #FEC54A; } pre { font-family: "Andale Mono", "Monaco", "Lucida Console"; letter-spacing: -0.3pt; line-height: 1.25em; } table { border: 0; font-size: 90%; width: 100%; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; } td, tr { text-align: left; } td.numeric { text-align: right; } a:link { color:#53B2F5; text-decoration: none; } a:visited {color:#53B2F5} a:active {color:#53B2F5} a:hover {color:#53B2F5} </style> </head> <body> <p>By Kirsten Salyer</p> <p>Newark, New Jersey, Mayor Cory Booker has an answer to the gun problem in the U.S.: bracelets.</p> <p>Booker has put his support behind the jewelry line "<a href="http://calibercollection.com/the-story/">The Caliber Collection</a>," which features bracelets made from the metal of guns and bullet casings seized by the Newark Police Department. He promoted the line on the <a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908/ns/msnbc_tv-rachel_maddow_show#50489396">Rachel Maddow show</a> Wednesday night, calling the program an effort to turn a weapon into "an instrument of peace."</p> <p>The collection, which is part of <a href="http://www.jewelryforacause.net/">Jewelry for a Cause</a>, has raised $20,000 for the police department. These proceeds are used to finance more gun buybacks in the city.</p> <p>The bracelets feature the serial number from the recovered weapon and "NEWARK" written on the inside. Prices range from $150 for a basic steel cuff to $375 for a brass bangle with a diamond.</p> <p>If you're looking to ditch your yellow silicone-gel Livestrong wristband in light of Lance Armstrong's <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-01-18/dear-lance-armstrong-this-is-no-longer-about-you.html">doping admission</a>, Booker's offering a social- statement alternative. And it's more practical than some other options. You could turn your swords into ploughshares, for instance, but what would you plow in Newark?</p> <p>(Kirsten Salyer is the social media editor for Bloomberg View. <a href="https://twitter.com/kirstensalyer">Follow</a> her on Twitter.)</p> </body> </html>