The Most Unusual Crowd Ever At a Bette Midler Concert

The latest fad in gun control is cop-condoned swaps of deadly weapons for more innocuous items. Here's what guns have been exchanged for in certain cities:

DALLAS: Tickets to a preseason Cowboys game.

DENVER: Tickets to Broncos games.

LOS ANGELES: Tickets to Lakers games, a Janet Jackson concert and other events.

NEW YORK CITY: Beginning during the holidays, $100 Toys R Us gift certificates. launched by Fernando Mateo, at center in photo, a 35-year-old Dominican-born carpet merchant whose one-man crusade has sparked fresh enthusiasm for such gun-exchange programs and inspired inquiries around the world.

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA: Tickets to a Bette Midler...

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