Arizona gun owner Jonathan Pring packed up his two firearms, (one rifle and one handgun) and called police to come and get them after thinking about the Las Vegas shooting. Then he posted pictures of himself doing it on Facebook. The action put him in the crosshairs of death threats, so he deleted his Facebook post. At least that’s what the news reports say.
Here’s the text of that post prior to deletion, as reported by 12News Phoenix:
Hello. My name is Jonathan Pring. I am a proud United States Citizen.
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Until this morning I was a gun owner.
In lieu of the recent mass shooting event in Las Vegas, this morning I phoned my local police station (Phoenix, Arizona) and asked for an officer to visit my house and collect my firearms.
People on social media and in the news are asking questions and looking for answers. I have an answer. If civilians do not have guns then mass shooting events will occur less frequently.
That clever old Indian Gandhi once said “Be the change you want to see in the world”.
Small steps really can make a difference and we can all do small steps, even babies.
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.
I hope my actions inspire others. If we can achieve a safer world for our children, we will have done a good thing.
Be the change.
To any would be home invaders, watch out. I just bought a brand new Slugger.
Although he believes he is “one less civilian that has guns,” ironically, Arizona doesn’t allow police to destroy firearms given to them. They have to auction them off. So instead of one civilian with two guns, now there will be two civilians with guns. And by the way, a bat is no match for a gun. Just sayin’.
Rick Ferran, USMC veteran, reminded us after seeing the photo, that the guns appear to be cheaper weapons. Mr. Pring told 12News that he paid “a lot of money” for those guns. He said he used to enjoy “going to the range” and “doing Rambo poses” in the mirror. That’s NOT a gun enthusiast or even a person who enjoys shooting. It’s probably best that he did turn in his guns.
Mr. Pring is conflicted and flipflopping in light of his emotions regarding the horrific shooting in Las Vegas. It’s ok to have emotions, we all have them, especially after a mass shooting. But when you let them run your actions…not so good. As far as his decision – it was his and his alone. He has that right. But the rest of us have rights as well. And for one, I choose to keep my weapons.
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