Jonathan Pring, a gun owner in Phoenix, decided to voluntarily surrender his guns to a police officer after the Las Vegas shooter killed 58 people and wounded 498 more.
Pring shared pictures of himself giving up his weapons, including a machine gun and a pistol, on Facebook, with a caption:
I will miss my guns. I enjoyed taking them to the range and doing Rambo poses in front of the mirror. I paid a lot of money for them. However, if I was to write down the 10 most important things in my life the guns wouldn’t make the list.
In response to his choice to disarm, Pring told KPNX that he received death threats from freedom-loving gun owners:
The first thousand people that commented on it were supporters: “I’m so proud of you.” “What a great thing you’ve done.” And then it got really quite scary. As a result we’ve left Phoenix for a few days.
I tried to be diplomatic in what I wrote. I didn’t want to alienate people and I didn’t want to make this about me. We just had a mass shooting, horrible, the worst ever and there are practical solutions that we can do immediately. I’m not expecting every gun owner to just give up their guns.
Pring told KSAZ that he could have sold his guns for thousands of dollars, but wanted to get the guns off the street:
We can do something about the guns, we can just get rid of them, it’s that easy. If I have a break-in at my house, I’ll hit him with a baseball bat. I’m not afraid. I don’t need a gun to be a man. This notion that we can’t do anything about it simply isn’t true. We put a man on the moon, we can get rid of guns in America. No problem.