Scott Pappalardo, a gun owner from Middletown, New York, destroyed his 30-year-old AR-15 assault rifle on Feb. 17 in response to the mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14.
Pappalardo stated in a Facebook video:
This is my pre-ban, legally registered AR-15, which I purchased over 30 years ago. I’m a firm believer in the Second Amendment, and I even have it tattooed on my arm…
I’ll be honest: It’s a lot of fun to shoot. I’m not a hunter. I’ve never killed anything with it except a bunch of targets.
I remember after Sandy Hook happened, I said to my wife: I’d gladly give this gun up if it would save the life of just one child… Now, here we are, 17 more lives lost. So, when do we change? When do we make laws that say “maybe a weapon like this isn’t acceptable in today’s society?”
Pappalardo brought up the NRA’s counter-argument about legal gun owners being punished by gun safety laws:
I’m gonna give you a newsflash. Until the other day, Nikolas Cruz was a legal gun owner.
Stephen Paddock in Las Vegas killing 58 people was a legal gun owner until that night.
Quite frankly, anyone, any legal gun owner, is capable of snapping and committing a horrific crime, even without mental illness.
So now, what do I do with this? How do I get rid of it? I could sell it, I could probably get 600 to 800 dollars for it…
What if whoever buys this weapon, their child gets hold of it, and brings it to a school one day, and shoots a bunch of people, can I live with that? And I don’t think I could.
So, I’ve decided today I’m gonna make sure this weapon will never be able to take a life. The barrel of this gun will never be pointed at someone.
I mean, think about it: is the right to own this weapon more important than someone’s life? A weapon like this that can cause so much death and destruction?
Pappalardo then used an electric saw to cut off the muzzle of the AR-15:
Now people have always said, “there’s so many [guns] out there.” Well, now, there’s one less…
For all you haters out there that think I’m very stupid for doing this, I hope and I pray that it doesn’t take the barrel of one of these guns pointed at your child’s head to change your mind.
(Source: Scott-Dani Pappalardo/Facebook)