Guns to garden tools: Colorado group seeks change, healing

  • Fred Martin, a volunteer blacksmith for the nonprofit group RAWtools, shapes what was a rifle barrel into a garden tool at a church in Denver on Jan. 16. The Colorado Springs-based group transforms guns into garden tools and draws inspiration from the Bible verse, "They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks." (AP Photo/Thomas Peipert)

  • Sharletta Evans, right, whose 3-year-old son, Casson, was killed in a drive-by shooting in 1995, helps Fred Martin, a volunteer blacksmith for the nonprofit group RAWtools, hammer a rifle barrel into a garden tool at a church in Denver on Jan. 16. (AP Photo/Thomas Peipert)

DENVER — Nearly three decades after her 3-year-old son was killed in a drive-by shooting that shattered the silence outside a Denver duplex, Sharletta Evans was the one piercing the stillness as she eased some of her pain by hammering the melted barrel of a rifle into a garden tool.