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Ready to feel inspired? Kyle Lemle and Brontë Velez are co-founders of the non-profit “Lead to Life,” which works to melt down guns and turn them into gardening tools. Powerful, right? Well, Lead to Life’s vision doesn’t stop there. Once the weapons have been transformed, the gardening tools are used for ceremonial tree plantings in areas that have been impacted by gun violence, such as mass shootings, suicide, domestic violence, and gang warfare.

Lead to Life’s most recent project includes 50 guns received from the San Francisco-based violence prevention organization, United Playaz. Lead to Life is planning on transforming the guns into shovels, which will be used to plant 50 trees to commemorate the 50 years since civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.’s death. 

Alongside Minnesota metal artist James Brenner, Lead to Life will host a casting ceremony on April 6th, 2018 at The King Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Once the shovels are used to dig the holes for the trees, they will be donated to farmers in the Atlanta area through programs such as Grow Where You Are Farm, Truly Living Well Center, and Ganstas to Growers, which trains formerly imprisoned youth. 

“We’re liberating the metal in the weapon from its history of violence — and giving it a new life,” said Kyle Lemle, co-founder of Lead to Life.

If you, or someone you know, lives in the Atlanta area, please show your support for this fantastic cause! 


Lead to Life hopes to host a similar campaign next fall in Oakland, California, where gun owners can disable their own weapons and drop off the gun parts. The guns will be transformed into gardening tools to help plant more urban forests and gardens. “Violence against each other and violence against the planet — they come from the same crisis within us. We are disconnected from each other, and need to heal,” said Lemle.

For more information about Lead to Life, click here to visit their website. You can also follow them on Facebook, and please be sure to spread the word!

Image Source: Lead to Life

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