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New Orleans musician offers kids trumpets for guns

New Orleans musician offers kids trumpets for guns
Posted at 10:56 AM, Jul 22, 2020

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A New Orleans trumpeter is offering kids trumpets in exchange for guns.

Shamarr Allen tells news agencies that he has a 9-year-old son and started the project last week, the day after a 9-year-old boy was shot and killed.

He says the trumpet changed his life when he was 12 or 13 and started playing for tips in the French Quarter — and he wants to give other kids a chance.

An online fundraiser, that had a goal of raising $6,500, raised more than $9,000 in just four days.

According to the fundraiser, The Trumpet is My Weapon Gun Exchange Program is raising money to purchase trumpets, which go for about $250 each.

Allen says several musicians have agreed to offer free virtual lessons to kids who get the trumpets.