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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Video games aren't to blame, Scott Pappalardo says before destroying the gun he's owned for over 30 years

Last week, Scott Pappalardo took to Facebook to post a video discussing his 30-year ownership of an AR-15, his love of range shooting, the tattoo he has of the Second Amendment on his arm and why he decided to destroy the rifle in the wake of the mass shooting at Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida that left 17 dead.

"I'll be honest with you, it's a lot of fun to shoot," Pappalardo, a New York state resident said.

"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 one child. That's five years ago now.

Since then, more than 400 people have been shot in over 200 school shootings. So I guess my words were just empty words in the spur of the moment. And now here we are, 17 more lives lost.


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So when do we change? When do we make laws that say maybe a weapon like this isn't OK in today's society."

Pappalardo goes on to say people can blame video games, the Internet, bad parenting, mental illness, "but ultimately, it's a gun like this one that takes away the lives."

After discussing how he thinks gun laws need to be changed, Pappalardo asks the camera, "So now, what do I do with this? How do I get rid of it?"

He could sell it for about $500, he notes, but what if someone buys it and their child brings it to school one day and shoots a bunch of people.

"Could I live with that? Is the right to own this weapon more important than someone's life?"

Instead, Pappalardo says he wanted to make sure that could never happen with his weapon and proceeds to cut it into pieces.

"There will always be people who want to kill and will do it one way or another, but they're not going to do it with this gun."


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"Not only is interest in violent video games rare among school shooters, these perpetrators express much less interest in this violent medium than most other individuals.

The real issue, Pappalardo says in his video, is lax gun control rules. Many mass-murders in the country were able to buy guns legally.

"I am going to give you a news flash," he said. "Until the other day, Nikolas Cruz was a legal gun owner. Steven Paddock in Las Vegas, killing 58 people, was a legal gun owner until that night."

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2018-02-20 05:00 PM | Reply

"Many mass-murders in the country were able to buy guns legally."

Loss of Life and Liberty is just not as important to Americans as the ability to pursue happiness (with a warm gun).

#2 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-02-20 06:43 PM | Reply

I see we don't have a lot of Gun Divas here telling us how they, like this guy, place more value on kid's lives than on their shooting habit.

Or in what creative ways they will be destroying their assault weapons.

#3 | Posted by Corky at 2018-02-21 12:39 PM | Reply

I applaud him! I think more people like him should go down to their local gun store, jump through all the legal hoops, and plunk down their money for an AR-15 rifle ... then go home and video its destruction.

Other people will buy the same model rifle and use it to protect themselves and their families.

P.S. None of my firearms have ever killed anybody since I owned them, but one WWII relic probably took the lives of many but it continues to refuse answering any questions about that.

#4 | Posted by AKat at 2018-02-21 03:09 PM | Reply

"Other people will buy the same model rifle and use it to protect themselves and their families."

Or, more likely, shoot themselves and/or their families. But why quibble, right gun cultist?

#5 | Posted by DirkStruan at 2018-02-21 03:28 PM | Reply

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