U.S. gun owners destroy rifles in #OneLess response to Florida school shooting

U.S. gun owners destroy rifles in #OneLess response to Florida school shooting

But after Nikolas Cruz, 19, massacred 17 people in a bloody rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School with the same model of gun Pappalardo said enough is enough.

Pappalardo has owned his legally registered AR-15 for 30 years and is a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment.

A video gone viral features a NY gun owner who cuts up his AR-15 military-style assault rifle because it's time to make a change.

Scott Pappalardo posted the video on Saturday.

He said: "Is the right to own this weapon more important than someone's life?" I'm not a hunter, I've never killed anything with it, expect a bunch of targets. The video has been viewed about 17 million times as of Tuesday morning. When do we make laws that say weapons like this aren't acceptable in today's society?

'Look at the pictures of those victims.

However, since the five years have passed, hundreds of other kids have been killed in school shootings and Pappalardo said his proclamation was just "empty words in the spur of the moment". "Is that right more important?".

The video showed Pappalardo cutting his weapon with a saw.

Pappalardo says he supports American's rights to bear arms, but says that deadly assault rifles should not be in the hands of citizens and should be reserved for militray forces only.

"People have always said there's so many of them out there - well now, there's one less", he said. "And I don't think I could".

He also added that although mental illness, violent video games, and bad parenting can contribute - it's "ultimately, it's a gun like this one that takes away the lives".

He also delivered a riposte to the NRA and other gun ownership advocates who say that legal gun owners shouldn't be penalised for the acts of criminals.

After the Sandy Hook shooting happened, he told his wife he'd "gladly give this gun up" to save the life of even a single child.

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