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Scott Pappalardo of New York decided to take a stand on gun control- by destroying his own AR-15 rifle

Scott Pappalardo of New York decided to take a stand on gun control- by destroying his own AR-15 rifle

A SELF-confessed gun enthusiast posted a video of himself on Facebook sawing his beloved AR-15 assault rifle into pieces in anger at the Florida high school massacre. "Any legal gun owner is capable of snapping and committing a horrific crime even without mental illness", he said. So, I've decided today I'm going to make sure this weapon will never be able to take a life.

A common argument against allowing people to own automatic weapons is that the only goal it holds is to kill.

He said that he thought about selling the weapon, but anxious that the gun could be used in future acts of violence.

Scott said: "I'm going to give you a newsflash".

Pappalardo then gets up and walks to a nearby buzzsaw, which he uses to cut the gun in half. That's the simple caption attached to a six minute video an American gun enthusiast has posted to his Facebook page that has now generated hundreds of thousands of reactions, comments and shares.

"Think about it - is the right to own this weapon more important than someone's life?" he says.

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"So when do we change?" he asks in the video.

AR-15s and rifles like them have been involved in numerous mass shootings at schools and other locations in recent years.

The Parkland, Fla., school shooting prompted him to destroy the weapon. "When do we make laws that say a weapon like this isn't acceptable in today's society?" "Look at the picture of those victims".

"Just because gun violence in this country is getting out of control and there's really no need for people to have semiautomatic weapons", Meyer said. "Except a bunch of targets", he says in the video.

But Pappalardo says his feelings began to change following the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting in CT. "And I don't think I could".

"I hope and I pray that it doesn't take the barrel of one of those guns pointed at your child's head to change your mind", Pappalardo said.

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