A Phoenix man has voluntarily turned over his guns to police in the wake of the shooting in Las Vegas.
Jonathan Pring, who is originally from England but moved to Phoenix 10 years ago, believes it’s time that we take a hard look at gun culture in America.
“Americans more than other nationalities really love their guns,” Pring told AZCentral. “I think we just need to change the dynamic a little bit because the facts are the facts. More people die from gun-related injuries in the U.S. than any other country.”
Pring got into guns not long after coming to the states. When a friend came to visit him from across the pond, Pring showed off his new-found freedom.
“What do you do when your buddy from England is in town and you’re in Phoenix, Arizona? Yee-haw, we went to the gun show,” Pring exclaimed.
The Brit said that he and his buddy were “like kids in a candy store.”
“We did some poses, we went to the gun range, we went out in the desert and we blew some stuff up,” Pring added. “It was a novelty.”
Now, though, Pring thinks the best thing to do in response to Sunday’s tragic attack is to give up his guns, both his long gun and his pistol. While he could have cashed them in at a pawn shop and made some money, Pring feels that handing them over to authorities sends a stronger message.
He hopes that this will make the country safer for his son when he is old enough to visit Las Vegas. “That way when he’s in Vegas when he’s 21, he doesn’t have to worry about getting shot at a music festival,” Pring said.
When it comes to defending himself and his family, Pring’s not worried. He said he’s found a more traditional means of self-defense.
“I’m not a scared man and I don’t feel like I need a gun to protect myself,” Pring explained. “I just bought a baseball bat. If a burglar wants to come into my house, I’ll take care of him the old-fashioned way.”
Phoenix police Sgt. Jonathan Howard said others are welcome to turn over their firearms.
“Phoenix police will accept guns that people no longer want,” Howard said. “The guns will be tested and entered into NIBIN, which will allow us to compare them with known crime guns. In accordance with state law, the guns are then sold.”
It’s a free country. If Pring wants to give up his guns, that’s his prerogative. For anyone thinking of following his lead, I’d just recommend that instead of turning them over to police, who may possibly destroy them depending on state law, you list them for sale on GunsAmerica. Sell your guns to a law-abiding individual. Not only will you make money but you’ll be arming a good guy who may one day need that firearm to defend himself, his family or his neighborhood. Don’t lose sight of the fact that more good guys use guns in self-defense each year than bad guys use guns in the commission of crimes.