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.
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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