California Gun Owner Destroys AR-15 Following Shooting, Encourages You to Do the Same

California AR-15 Destoryed

A California gun owner destroyed his own AR following a mass shooting in Rancho Tehama last Tuesday. (Photo: KMIR)

A California gun owner destroyed his AR-pattern rifle following a mass shooting in Rancho Tehama last Tuesday that left four dead and 13 others wounded.

Chad Vachter, of Bermuda Dunes, told KMIR that although he is a longtime 2A advocate, he is done with black rifles.

“I think everyone has a right to defend their home, their way of life,” he said. Adding, “I first got into guns when I was a kid hunting with my father.”

But Vachter started having second thoughts about his fondness for modern sporting rifles in 2015.  The self-reflection came after two Jihadists murdered 14 people and injured 22 others at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, CA, in December of that year.

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Vachter said that his autistic son received treatment at that facility.  He began to wonder what he would do if his son started to ask questions about the incident.

“So when my son is old enough to realize that someone went in there and shot up that place, and he see’s that gun in my possession and asks me, ‘Why do you have that, Daddy?’ I don’t have a good answer,” Vachter said.

But the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back was the recent Rancho Tehama shooting.

“I can’t do it. I can’t have something in my house that so easily could become another part of a situation like that, and I’m not going to be desensitized to it,” Vachter explained.

So, Vachter took a sledgehammer and a circular saw to the rifle.  Interestingly enough, a local news agency just happened to be there to record the entire affair.

“It makes me feel like I’ve been a small man to think that I needed one of these,” Vachter said with the cameras rolling. “The other night, when I read the thing about the school in Northern California, I cried and I haven’t felt good since, and although I’m still sad for all the people and all the victims affected, I feel like I’ve done the only thing that I can do in this equation.”

Now Vachter wants you to follow suit. He is challenging gun owners to destroy their ARs too, in solidarity. He noted that he will not be giving up his shotgun or pistol.

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It’s hard not to see this guy as an anti-gun plant. That rifle looked brand-spanking new to me.  Like it was never used.  Like it was just purchased.  The fact that he waited for the media to arrive before he destroyed it is also suspicious.  Was this whole thing a publicity stunt?

Maybe he really did have a change of heart.  Okay, fine.  Wouldn’t he just go ahead and break the rifle?  Especially if he was super emotional.  But he didn’t.  He had the presence of mind to turn it into a spectacle.  To get the local news involved.

Then there’s the tagline, “It makes me feel like I’ve been a small man to think that I needed one of these.”  Get outta here with that nonsense!  That’s something only a Bloomberg lackey would say.

Maybe he hasn’t heard of Stephen Willeford, the hero who stopped the crazed gunman who murdered at least 26 people at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, TX, just a few weeks ago.

Willeford used an AR-15 to confront the attacker.  According to Willeford, in that moment, he needed an AR-15.

“If I had run out of the house with a pistol and faced a bulletproof vest and kevlar and helmets, it might have been futile,” Willeford said in an interview with CRTV’s “Louder With Crowder. “I ran out with an AR-15 and that’s what he was shooting the place up with.”

If Vachter really believes one has a right to defend their way of life, then he ought not to have a problem with what many consider to be the optimal tool for the job.

About the author: S.H. Blannelberry is the News Editor of GunsAmerica.

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  • snios1948 September 4, 2020, 10:36 am

    Seems he is unstable,doesn’t think. He could have donated that rifle to law enforcement.

  • Will April 2, 2019, 5:47 pm

    What a waste of a perfectly good rifle

  • Mr. Sparkles December 30, 2018, 10:44 am

    “It makes me feel like I’ve been a small man to think that I needed one of these,” Vachter said with the cameras rolling.

    Small man yes, that he chose to make a spectacle rather then just quietly destroy the rifle like it was really a action of conscience rather then grandstanding.

    Perhaps Kudos for having and being true to his beliefs (warped and shortsighted as they are) but he gets no admiration from me for a actions.

  • Johneracer July 20, 2018, 10:32 am

    This is equivalent to him chopping his own dick off to do his part in preventing rape!

    • John Q. Public August 2, 2019, 3:45 pm

      Well said!

  • James Varder November 30, 2017, 3:58 pm

    Don’t be so hard on this guy. Maybe that bad black gun actually got up and shot somebody. It had to be punished. Oh wait, what?? You mean some one has to actually pick it up and load, aim and shoot it?? Oh no, I’ve been lead to believe it is the gun’s fault by all these anti-gun people in gov’t and media. Nevermind…

  • P D J November 30, 2017, 1:20 am

    Stupid is, as stupid does – and you can’t fix STUPID…!

  • Alan November 29, 2017, 10:43 am

    ‘Why do you have that, Daddy?’ I don’t have a good answer,” Vachter said.
    Here’s your answer, foolish man.
    From the Movie, ‘Shane’ (1953)
    “A gun is a tool Marion, no better or no worse than any other tool, an axe, a shovel, or anything.
    A gun is as good or as bad as the man using it. Remember that.”
    Evil is in the hearts of men, NOT an inanimate object.

  • Avon Maser November 28, 2017, 2:37 am

    Hope that Chad Vachter filled out the proper BATFE paperwork for the destruction of said firearm. IMNSHO, just one more who stepped up to the punch bowl and had a double helping of the Savor-Ade. Though I am no fan of the AR system, personally, I consider .223/5.56 too light for its intended job. I do support the rights of others to own same. Mr. Vachter, wonders what he should tell his son. How about the Truth, that some people aren’t wired right, and without personal ownership of firearms there is no way to combat crime, mass shootings and/or a tyrannical government.

  • D Day Dog November 27, 2017, 3:23 pm

    Hahahaha … what a dip shit. He was “doing his part” ? There are a lot of other things you can do to help following that school area shooting rather than destroy your own property. I might add that his weapon was not technically destroyed from what I saw in the video. Moreover, had he kept on chopping that barrel, he would have been on the way to making an illegal SBR. Still, his property, his decision. Just seems stupid to take out your frustrations on a “thing”, but I suppose it’s better than taking your frustrations out on a person. On that note, I wonder if ATF is taking notes on this guy and that he seems a little mentally unstable ? Perhaps they should take the rest of his guns … hmmm …

  • marshall November 27, 2017, 10:57 am

    this is absolutely retarded thing to do to a piece of property you paid good money for, but hey, it’s his property. his right to do it.

    nobody said you have to like black rifles to support the 2nd amendment and though i disagree with his stance on it, it is his own right to do it.

  • IYearn4nARnCali November 26, 2017, 2:11 pm

    Hate to break it to you Chad Vachter, of Bermuda Dunes, but as a fellow Californian, your destruction of your own AR15 simply destroys YOUR use of YOUR property forever. If you had waited until January, it would have required registration and/or destruction, or whatever new travesty the California legislature has decided is prudent with the backing of Governor Moonbeam. I honestly am no longer paying attention to CA gun law, it will never protect anyone, it will never stop a shooting, by design.

    The HUMAN behind the trigger is what kills, CHAD, you dunce. You’d be better off taking a hammer to your fingers, in case this level of aggression is indicative of untapped violence that may need these blowing off of steam moments to get you through hard times, or emotionally stressful events in future.

    Next time, CHAD, consider selling your gun to a person who isn’t prone to destroying their own property and can handle the responsibility of fully cognizant gun ownership. You’d be amazed how many of US exist, and how many of YOU are truly useful idiots. 2A all the way!

  • Mike H. November 26, 2017, 1:55 pm

    California was originally settled by hardy people who headed West in the hope of finding a new life. They traveled in wagon trains through some of the wildest land in the U.S. They endured harsh weather,faced hostile Native Americans and God only knows what other hardship. What in the Hell happened to that state? Is there something in the air that makes people loose their sanity?

  • BIGKIELBASSA November 26, 2017, 1:29 pm

    Ah ha ha ha . Silly fool . I’m glad you destroyed your AR because you obviously don’t deserve one . So in your honor I just went out and bought two more of them to offset the one you destroyed and the other just to piss you and your kind off . They go nicely with my FALs . Your stunt was nothing mire than a liberal orchestrated attempt to brainwash even more people with your FAKE sincerity disguising your true anti gun agenda . 🤔

    • Joe February 14, 2020, 9:28 am

      I believe this was not his gun. I believe it was provided by the left for another of their symbolism without substance demonstrations for their disdain of the United States Constitution. Let us not forget that violation of our 2nd amendment rights by passing anti gun laws is actually treason and should be treated as a federal felony.

  • Just a guy November 26, 2017, 8:00 am

    You really think laws disarming the sane good people in America is going to stop murder? In France it is illegal to own a long gun that can hold more than four shots. Detachable rifle magazines are also illegal in that country for private citizens. (Look it up and go do your own research.). That did not stop multiple murderers from killing people with rifles in that country.

    Timothy McVeigh killed more than one hundred sixty people in America without even using a gun.

    Firearms in the hands of private civilians save many many lives every year in America. Far more lives are saved with private firearms than can ever be taken by a mass murderer hoping to get his fifteen minutes of shame in the propaganda media.

  • Mb November 26, 2017, 12:11 am

    Sold this dude a car. He’s an actor. It’s a publicity stunt

  • Sam November 25, 2017, 4:56 pm

    What a self made moron. I suppose if a car had been used he would have beat it with a hammer. It takes a special kind of imbecile to blame a thing.

  • kjj November 25, 2017, 4:04 pm

    He better destroy it, notice the hand grip, defiantly against the law in California, I’m sure that’s what this is all about he had to turn it over or destroy it because of the evil hand grip so lets make a statement for the Anti-gun nuts.

  • kjj November 25, 2017, 4:00 pm

    He didn’t destroy this gun , California gun control laws already had it destroyed before he got his hands on it. No similarity to a gun.

  • kjj November 25, 2017, 3:53 pm

    He will wish he could take this little anti-gun rant back when somebody invades his home and slits his and his sons throats for a few dollars. What an idiot!!!

  • kjj November 25, 2017, 3:49 pm

    What a bunch of phony bull, only the weak minded would be-leave that a local news agency just happened to be there to record the entire affair. A complete setup by the anti-gun nuts!!!!

  • Eugene November 25, 2017, 12:32 pm

    He can do whatever he wants as long as it isn’t harming another. He can smash his AR, he owns it. It’s his. What’s the big deal. There are millions of gun owners. We are individuals and can have differing ideas. We are not some monolithic blob that gets threatened by a person who does something we don’t like. (at least I hope not) We are supposed to be the ones who value freedom.

  • JohnL November 25, 2017, 11:03 am

    Well, obviously this man is a dumb a-s. What does an AR have to do with a man who by CA law is not eligible? They simply did not respond. PS I m a CA and I think he is a total moron.

  • Mark Tercsak November 25, 2017, 10:33 am

    Anything that comes out of Kali, I would not trust.
    On that note , at a recent massacre event in Texas, the BORG media was forced to report a good guy with a shotgun or something engaged the bad guy, the Propaganda Media knew from the get go the good guy with a gun had an Ar-15.
    The BORG COLLECTIVE, is an alliance
    Between George H.W.Bush’s New World Order and the Democratic Parties Bolshevik coalition.

  • Russ November 25, 2017, 10:03 am

    That is his choice and it’s his property, who cares. I have mine and will never get rid of them, that’s also my choice. Never give your legally purchased or possessed, guns up without a fight.

  • Mike November 25, 2017, 12:26 am

    This guys wife has his balls in a bag in her purse. She needs to let him see them so he can remember he isn’t a spineless pussy

  • Hurricane November 24, 2017, 9:03 pm

    Not gonna happen

  • alex November 24, 2017, 8:35 pm

    this guy is eating too much soy products,he lost his balls.

  • RonR November 24, 2017, 7:32 pm

    One more time as you refused to post the first one.
    While reading the comments posted, I can say I agree with the ones pertaining to the man, but when I reached the Ice444 post I had to respond. You insist on classifying everyone in the state as being the same with degrading comments, while we are just as diverse as any other state. I am a 28 year Navy Vietnam vet, an NRA life member, a retired from injuries Federal Officer after working the border and I owned multiple guns. So why am I classified as an idiot or fruit or faggot or some of the other things California residents are called?

  • Ron R November 24, 2017, 7:14 pm

    While reading the comments posted, I can say I agree with the ones pertaining to the man, but when I reached the Ice444 post I had to respond. You insist on classifying everyone in the state as being the same with degrading comments, while we are just as diverse as any other state. I am a 28 year Navy Vietnam vet, an NRA life member, a retired from injuries Federal Officer after working the border and I owned multiple guns. So why am I classified as an idiot or fruit or faggot or some of the other things California residents are called?

    • Mark Tercsak November 25, 2017, 10:36 am

      Most likely because, you still reside in Kali, and they feel you should have moved.

      • JohnL November 25, 2017, 11:06 am

        Very dumb. It is not always possible to just move. You better wake up and support us partisans behind the enemies lines.

  • Todd November 24, 2017, 6:01 pm

    What a keeping-up-with-the-Kardashians grade publicity whore, fool!

    I note at 26 seconds or so that he is a felon for cutting the barrel at that length with that particular lower still attached!

    Todd.

  • Larry November 24, 2017, 5:19 pm

    What do you expect from some numb-nut fruit-fly from the Republic Of Kalifornia? Phuc him … besides, the police will always be there to protect him – right? (somebody insert rolling eye emoji for me here! lol)

  • KC Jailer November 24, 2017, 4:56 pm

    Sooo – is he not aware that in the eyes of ATF and California, he didn’t actually “destroy” his AR since it isn’t torch cut, and it’s still a weapon? Especially if he’s dumb enough to think he can put it in the recycle bin now…

    • JohnL November 25, 2017, 11:08 am

      Excellent point!

  • F Wiedner November 24, 2017, 4:43 pm

    His son is mentally disabled. Now we know it’s hereditary.

  • johnsmith November 24, 2017, 4:09 pm

    WOW !!! This guy’s surely tagged as ‘Wonder Fella’ Chad Vachter, don’cha think? Tell ya what, Wonder Feller,
    I wouldn’t want to be a cause of your tears & unhappiness cuz I just wouldn’t feel right about violating any of your ‘principles’ (??), so I promise you right now, if I ever see you having a problem, I’ll just leave you & yours be.

  • David November 24, 2017, 3:32 pm

    Stupid ass. Please stay in that faggot state.

  • Mike Watkins November 24, 2017, 3:11 pm

    A man in my town raped a woman. After I cried about it, I cut off my penis and testicles to be certain they could never be put to use in a rape.

    Haha. What a moron. And if you realize AR’s can be bought right now for well under $400, well, who’s to say some anti gun group didn’t stage the whole thing. Media and all.

    • Charles Penn November 25, 2017, 9:11 am

      That’s right, I just bought 2 in the past 2 weeks… just because I could. I bought both AR’s, new for $399 each. These are my first AR’s and I have been wanting one since I trained with the M16 in 1984. I’ll keep one for the home and also just because I like them and the other one…Well, I might sell it for the right price at the right time.

  • C.G.A. November 24, 2017, 2:50 pm

    I live in California (unfortunately) and my answer to this liberal plant is: “From my cold dead hands.” Why was the media there? It was an anti-gun group of some type media stunt. I’ll bet he doesn’t really have a pistol or a shot gun either. Guns don’t kill people, people kill people. Unfortunately, there are too many snowflakes out there that think it’s the gun’s fault. WAKE UP AMERICA! Vote the idiots out of office.

  • Frank November 24, 2017, 1:27 pm

    I’m about to start a new build, I wonder if he is willing to sell me some of those parts..

  • M. Atkinson November 24, 2017, 1:02 pm

    What a tool, (fool), useful idiot for the left liberal anti-gunners.

  • JAMES November 24, 2017, 12:11 pm

    AND HE WILL BE THE FIRST TO DIE. A WASTE OF A SO CALL MAN.

  • Pete Ostergard November 24, 2017, 11:52 am

    This was paid for by the Liberal press and they’re anti-gun machine. I’m betting they supplied this plant with the AR, called the press and the fake news began.

  • Norm Fishler November 24, 2017, 11:36 am

    There must be something in the water that causes inhabitants of the land of fruits & nuts to be bent on self-destruction. In his defense, I have spent short segments of time shooting varied AR’s myself, after which I must confess to wanting to beat them to scrap. The difference being that there was no urge on my part to call the press to garner my 15 minutes of fame. Don’t like it; wanna destroy it? No problem; do it. I just do not want to hear about it.

  • Mark G November 24, 2017, 11:16 am

    Sounds like it was a good move on his part. His comment about “I can’t do it. I can’t have something in my house that so easily could become another part of a situation like that, and I’m not going to be desensitized to it,” If he felt that “it” could “easily” become a part of another situation and it is under his control, than he should get rid of it. Mine on the otherhand, will only be used responsibly and in life threatening self – defense. So I will keep mine, thank you!

  • ~ Occams November 24, 2017, 10:55 am

    “No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public” ~ H.L.Mencken

    PS: Also notice how they NEVER fail to mention “self-defense” – as if THAT was the point of the Constitution? Gotta make sure we keep hammering in the brainwashing points.

    ~ Occams

  • Ice444 November 24, 2017, 10:40 am

    Lol…and thats why its California…land of the idiot…lol. This is why I dont feel bad when shootings happen there. Let them extinguish themselves.

  • Bobs yer uncle November 24, 2017, 10:39 am

    And I would guess his car or truck , knives, pressure cooker and other household items are next as they have been used in high profile incidents.

  • Bob Dewitt November 24, 2017, 10:39 am

    Oh my, this is an apparent staged act by a
    Pro gun control idiot expecting there is enough stupid people who will follow his
    Sick example of liberal BS. Sorry I quit
    Believing in Hollywood’s fantasy world
    Years ago.

  • Merlin November 24, 2017, 10:34 am

    Bad gun! Bad gun! Papa’s gonna spank you! Just another California idiot.

  • Doug November 24, 2017, 10:19 am

    Ok, a couple things wrong with this whole thing.

    A. He doesn’t want something in his home that could essentially be part of, or used in another shooting???
    WTF? 1, So he’s basically admitting either he has shitty storage methods in place and is convinced that someone will steal it and use it; 2, he’s Admitting that mentally he’s unbalanced enough that he fears that HE might in fact take out the rifle and commit murder with it; or 3, he’s afraid that the black rifle will *GASP* become self-aware, mobile and will go out and commit mass murder on its own (because yeah, that’s EVER HAPPENED).

    B. I watched the vid twice to confirm, but nobody that I know who owns firearms, and I mean NOBODY, has an AR pattern rifle in their safe (that is their “prized possession”) with absolutely NO rear sight, red dot optics or a scope mounted. Nor do they own it and REMOVE said sight when in storage. How exactly does this genius shoot his “prized possession” without a rear sight?? Maybe he’s a weapons savant like all the ones in Hollywood productions that routinely show use of a weapon without a sight?!!??
    I doubt I was the only one who noticed that. Like a few others, I’m definitely going with the “ libretard plant” theory When coupled with the fact that the leftist media was present.
    Oh, and not to sound elitist (I’m sure some will take offense), but I hardly consider a Smith and Wesson M&P sport a “ prized possession”. That’s a mid-grade weapon in my estimation based upon all the high end weapons available. Maybe that’s all he could afford to buy for this little statement he wanted to make.

    • Greg November 24, 2017, 11:05 am

      You nailed it.

    • Mike Magnum November 24, 2017, 11:16 pm

      Doug: you are 100 % CORRECT – except I do not consider the Smith and Wesson M&P sport a mid grade weapon. I would call it entry level. I noticed the NO REAR SIGHT or Optics also. Maybe he took it off that Brand New looking weapon to use on his pistol or shotgun ??? Hahahahahahahahaha My Prized possessions cost more than $500. 8 inch Chrome Colt Python, and a SCAR 17s cost a little more than that… Any one of my Kimbers (12) or any of my Bolt Rifles (Many)… Mike – US ARMY 1974 – 1977

      • Doug November 25, 2017, 9:06 am

        Mike, that is actually my opinion as well on the M&P, but I didn’t want to get into a argument with a “fan” about their choice of weapon, so I chose to be generous in my appraisal. 🙂

  • John November 24, 2017, 10:12 am

    You can’t stop criminals from getting these things made in a machine shop in this country or any other country for that matter since we don’t protect our borders anyway. Don’t forget California liberal senator Yee was producing gun laws to get the prices up and supplies down so he could traffic his own supplies, and he didn’t have to wait in jail for his trial. Good country, well run, good example for our children and illegal aliens too.

  • Mike Finn November 24, 2017, 10:09 am

    This guy looks like the Las Vegas shooter, bald and vapid. Coincidence, or separated at birth…?

  • Timothy Yorgan November 24, 2017, 9:58 am

    He’s not a second amendment advocate…he’s afraid his neighbors will think ill of him if he has a weapon that the communists in this country have demonized, simply by the look of it. There are wimps all over the country that give lip service to the constitution but…defend or support it?..let someone else do that…when the tyrant comes with the black rifle…they’ll have the excuse not to fight back because they don’t have any firepower. It’s a way of being a coward but still own a pistol.

  • Michael Twidle November 24, 2017, 9:46 am

    Anybody that crazy shouldn’t own a firearm anyway.

  • Darell Rolen November 24, 2017, 9:36 am

    This guy is an idiot. Just provides that he fallen into the anti-gunners line of thinking. Blame the gun for the actions of someone that is just mean or mentally unstable. He is showing that he is unable to control himself and needs to sell his firearms to a responsible gun owner before he hurts himself or his family.

  • Glenn Thomas November 24, 2017, 9:27 am

    Chad, every day I try my utmost to be less stupid, I encourage you to do the same. Maybe you should move to Cuba where firearms are not allowed by anyone, criminals and ordinary citizens included.

  • jn November 24, 2017, 8:44 am

    I guess he should take the hammer to his car next???? What an idiot…

  • Ronnie U November 24, 2017, 8:30 am

    This is a good start. Now all of the criminals,Thugs, Drug dealers and nut cases will probably do the same.
    Then America will be much safer for everyone.

  • Keith McAdams November 24, 2017, 8:29 am

    This guy is nuts. Yes he has a right to do this , but being an obvious liberal , he is
    only trying to push the leftist agenda. Didn’t work , idiot !

  • Phillip Whitehead November 24, 2017, 8:25 am

    Umm…let me ponder this a moment…
    No.

  • Larry in NC November 24, 2017, 8:12 am

    Considering how screwed up the State of California is, I can only assume that this idiot is characteristic of the average voter in that State. I think this man, if tested, would find that his son is not the only “challenged” member of the family.

  • Paul November 24, 2017, 8:09 am

    Well, that’s the beauty of America. He’s free to destroy any personal property that he owns. But just because he feels he must destroy his evil black rifle doesn’t mean the rest of us must follow his example.

  • Gary November 24, 2017, 7:48 am

    Pfft, best case scenario: this guy just wants a 15 minutes amount of fame and to look good to people around him. At worst, he’s some kind of plant from the left. Must be related to joe Biden.

  • Michael Tuck November 24, 2017, 7:27 am

    WHAT AN IDIOT.

  • von vomit November 24, 2017, 6:51 am

    Well that is his problem. This idiot who feeds into the evil black gun hysteria. Look at just how stupid he is. He just wasted at least $600 of his money being a poster child for Diane Feisteins vision for a new world of gun control. The moral of the story is do post a video to you tube showing yourself smashing your $600 gun to bits.

    Now may a gang banger with a better AR15 than this ass stain busted up on YouTube shoot up his house….hows being Fagsteins poster butt buddy working out for you now?

  • Anthony Hill November 24, 2017, 6:15 am

    I completely agree with what this guy did. Since it is apparent he is mentally unstable I don’t think he should be allowed to own any kind of firearm.

  • Bruce Hartmann November 24, 2017, 5:46 am

    He was absolutely right. No one needs (or should have) any type of firearm that ALL law enforcement agencies (local, county, state or national), inclusive of the national guard, state militias and private citizens, are forbidden from having. No one wants a police state or anymore gun violence or killings.. These pseudo assault weapons of war are only intended to kill large numbers of people quickly, so NO one (inclusive of all law enforcement agencies) as well as private citizens should be allowed to possess them. They must ALL be banned for everyone, inclusive of ALL government agents and employees at ALL levels of government. Maybe okay for the active military stationed abroad but NO deadly pseudo assault weapons or fully automatic assault weapons of war allowed within the USA . Terrorists should also be denied all access to such weapons. NO one anywhere should be excluded from such a total ban except those people lawfully possessing them BEFORE any government imposed restrictions!

    • Phillip Whitehead November 24, 2017, 8:30 am

      You need to get back on your meds…
      These rifles are popular because they are relatively inexpensive, durable and accurate enough for most users. There NEVER had been a prohibition on the ownership except in communist states like Cali and Mass.
      Take note of one thing…the vast majority of high profile shootings happen where the highest restrictions exist…
      My response to your weak plea is, very simply,
      KISS MY ASS.

    • Alan November 29, 2017, 10:36 am

      I can’t tell if that was ‘tongue-in-cheek’ comment or an emotional and ignorant rant.

  • Tar Heel Realist November 24, 2017, 5:15 am

    “Why do you have that, Daddy?’ I don’t have a good answer…” Vachter

    What kind of man can’t explain to his own son, regardless of the son’s placement on the spectrum, the bare bones minimum…stranger danger. The Father could further explain there are bad people in the World who’ll perpetrate evil acts using whatever means readily available…car, rental truck, bus, (enter name of initiator).

    I’m curious to know if Mr. Vachter destroyed his car or truck after the NYC attack a few weeks back…it’s gotta be something in CA’s H2O supply to make people think this way. smdh

    • RJB November 24, 2017, 8:21 am

      He’s just another mindless left wing loonie idiot, we are surrounded by brainwashed liberal victims !!!!!

    • chess November 24, 2017, 6:41 pm

      California, where guns kill people and eveything else causes cancer..

  • I dunno..... November 24, 2017, 3:52 am

    I for one am happy he destroyed his rifle. He seems like should not be a gun owner.

  • Dilligaf November 23, 2017, 11:48 am

    It would have been easier if that stupid moron would have pulled out a lighter and burned $600 cash. That’s pretty much the equivalent for the propaganda stunt he pulled

  • Eazy November 22, 2017, 9:15 pm

    Complete propaganda. No gun laws will make criminals lawful. The term “black guns” is a political one, like large capacity vs. standard capacity and silencer vs. suppressor. None of the gun grabbers care about real facts or real death numbers. If they did and realized accidental deaths by guns was at the bottom of the list, they might author bills for helmets in cars, ban swimming pools and bring back prohibition. Homicides, other armed crimes and the government are the reason to allow lawful, sane citizens to legally own guns of all kinds, within reason. In California, lawmakers have gone too far. The Founders didn’t need to know future technology, they knew the threat of tyranny, hence the 2nd Amendment.

  • Blue Dog November 22, 2017, 4:34 pm

    An appropriate fate for a soulless tinker toy. He should have destroyed some tupperware too.
    I don’t get the AR love. I understand their applicability as an effective tool, but then again several mass murderers have too in the last few years. Shovels are effective tools but I don’t see shovel enthusiasts braying their love for shovels – but then again, I haven’t really searched for any shovel enthusiast websites – nor do I recall anybody murdering any more people in a few minutes with a shovel than I could count on one hand. This guy is right about one thing, though, and that is that these weapons of war have no place in civilized society. These are far removed from the well-crafted works of American art made by Americans for Americans pulling ducks out of the sky and deer from the field. Forgive us, JMB, your children have lost their way.

    • Will Drider November 23, 2017, 1:50 am

      What army used semi-automatic AR15s in a War? Muskets were used in several Wars as were bolt action rifles and shotguns, SAA handguns and double action revolvers, yet you state no problem with them in civilized society. You thing firearms are only for hunting? The SCOTUS decisions say your wrong. You should not assume JMB thoughts allign with yours, he designed several firearms and machineguns not just a pretty shotgun.

      Your either a anti-gun troll or a sell out gun owner that eagerly throws firearm you don’t like under the bus, with false hope that the gun grabbers will leave the hunting guns you like alone. Mass murderers that can’t get guns have been using vehicles to run over crowds of people. If all the guns types you don’t like were effectively confiscated, wouldn’t the intent mass killer try to get types of guns that were left: like yours? Then the gungrabbers will come fr your A5 Browning waterfoul gun too.

      Time for you to get off the internet and hunker down in your safe space and hope the big bad wolf doesn’t come for you. Don’t even think of using that bird gun for self defense, stick to your beliefs that is only for pulling ducks from the sky and you must role model your ideal civilized society.

      • RJB November 24, 2017, 8:28 am

        Blue dog probably doesn’t even own a gun, Just another brainwashed liberal on a gun guy’s site spewing a bunch of anti gun crap. The 2A is very specific and says what it says, clearly and precisely no matter how many mindless idiots try to manipulate it’s wording.

    • Bojangles McPherson November 24, 2017, 4:22 am

      Ummm. Pretty sure the Second Amendment was written with very specific language to ensure the citizenry would have access to weapons of war. George Washington and the rest of those boys had just handed the most powerful military on the planet it ass. Mind you that government was their government up until the final musket fired. The second amendment has nothing to do with your feelings, it has zero to do with hunting and we all know this to be true. So it’s a very easy leap to your true intent.
      People that insist such nonsense concerning “don’t need blah blah blah” are either ignorant of the purpose of the constitution, or are intentionally deceptive, openly and proudly trying to get the citizenry to listen to the drivel falling from their mouth. It’s as plain as a mime on a sidewalk. We all know that box doesn’t exist but they do their best attempting to persuade of that which is untrue. Continue posting your crap on every article if it helps your feelings. Just know that you could step out of your invisible box, Mr Mime, and be free to go do something productive.

    • kyle November 24, 2017, 4:57 am

      And once again blue dog chimes in with his usual trolling. Pay no mind to this guy. He is posing as a gun owner to try to suede you to sympathize with him. A reply is futile so just ignore him. He shows up on all these article comment sections.

    • Mike V November 24, 2017, 5:12 am

      Hilarious, which “JMB” are we begging for forgiveness?

      “Weapons of war”

      As if there were weapons never useful in war as an alternative.

    • Patrick M. November 24, 2017, 5:18 am

      Blue Dog, you must be a troll. You might also be a ‘fudd.’ You are always on these posts spouting anti-gun rhetoric. Hard to believe a Second Amendment supporter would go through the constant trouble of leaving negative comments on guns. My money is on troll.

    • von vomit November 24, 2017, 7:06 am

      Oh boy, where to begin with you, stupid…first, plenty of people actually have been killed with shovels through out history. In WW1, when soldiers from both sides ran out of ammo, they took to using shovels and any thing else to kill the enemy. Besides, shovels made killing less messy than killing some one with a bayonet. So this renders your severely flawed logic null and void, stupid.

      Second, automobiles kill people each year in greater numbers than a evil black AR15 works wide. Now I bet you surely will not take your rrolling 4 wheeled death trap that spews out carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, and methane and take a sledge hammer and smash it up to show that bitch feinstein how willing your doing this to save the human race from cancer causing air pollution. No you will not do that, but you will come on a gun forum and preach the virtues of weapons used in war not being in the hands of civilians in a civilused world. Now do us all a favor fvcktard…shut the fvck up, go give mr Feinstein a blow job because he surely isn’t getting any from that nasty stinking warwhore, and take a cold tall class of shit and shut the fvck up.

    • Mike Magnum November 24, 2017, 11:53 pm

      Blue Dog: Who designed the BROWNING M1917 of which the BROWNING M1919 is based on – just air cooled instead of water cooled ??? MACHINE GUNS !!! Did he design these for Ducks and Deer ??? Sounds like YOU and some other people “have lost their way” !!! I have lots of Black Rifles, but I prefer my FDE one – a SCAR 17s !!! Mike – US ARMY 1974 – 1977

  • John R. Pyles 111 November 22, 2017, 10:46 am

    wow this guy can’t even be declared an ass-hat because there ain’t no hat that can fit this type punk chicken shit. he probably has never even fired any type of weapon and he’s just an actor bought and paid for by the communists in California.

  • Swen November 22, 2017, 9:18 am

    The only point this clown made was showing the world how dumb and mentally unstable he is. What an idiot.
    This guy obviously has no friends, no guns and is mad at the world.

  • Allen Lawson November 22, 2017, 8:41 am

    Hello you don’t know what to tell your son when he ask why you have your black rifle ? Man what is wrong with this goofball . No sense in me going into it because I suppose this fool is beyond comprehension. Yes I’m happy for him that the camera crew was driving by . It’s all a crock of crap. But the man is correct about the small man part and a dumb a—

  • Blaine Miller November 22, 2017, 5:24 am

    “…although he is a longtime 2A advocate, he is done with black rifles.”
    So paint it neon pink, honey. So a hunting rifle is okay, but the AR isn’t?
    What a BS statement of a propagandist action.

    As recently demonstrated, a terrorist can use a vehicle to drive over people. I’m just providing some lead time so that he may prepare for when his son asks “Daddy, why do you have that car?”

    In the interim, how can I give this idiot my shipping address?

  • Michael Jackson November 22, 2017, 4:23 am

    He,should have destroyed his vehicle
    As well, due to all the recent bicyclest,
    And padestrions being mowed down,buy some extremist,coward p.o.s.oh well now it can go put it’s cote x and panties on.and it’s just one more that has been completely brain washed. And willing to cave, don’t worry as soon as enough of the sheep do ,and you have all destroyed you semi autos, we’ll then you can pull your meat cleavers,and butcher knifes out and destroy those as well.Their been nut jobs around sent the beginning of time!!! Just one more to prove it. OR MAYBE THIS BROTHER,IS GIVING THAT SIGN THEY KEEP TALKING ABOUT,MAYBE HE IS SHOWING SIGNS OF AGRESSION AND MAYBE ,HE FIGHTING IT, Any body that knows this cat,please notify the local community and have this man checked out.Before he does something truly HORRABLE and F–KS up a A.K.

  • Matt G November 22, 2017, 4:03 am

    Anyone else notice that wasn’t a CA compliant Ar?

    • sz939 November 22, 2017, 11:33 am

      Notice he didn’t bust up his magazines either. He must have another that might be CA Compliant? Besides, he could have sold it and made a few bucks. Obviously his elevator is still stuck in the basement somewhere!

      • Eazy November 22, 2017, 9:04 pm

        I think he was good until the end of the year or July, except for the birdcage which is considered a flash suppressor.

  • John Mullendore November 21, 2017, 11:18 pm

    Man you are some kind of stupid, what a stunt, were you paid by the news crew or are you just another idiot from California? It seems a little suspicious to me you waited until the cameras were rolling before destroying a weapon. I don’t think you will have too many followers. What a jerk.

  • Macofjack November 21, 2017, 10:56 pm

    All I can say is stupid is as stupid does!

  • James Higginbotham November 21, 2017, 9:26 pm

    well.
    it takes all kinds OF MORONS DON’T IT FOLKS.

  • Martin Dyer November 21, 2017, 7:49 pm

    It’s no wonder that he couldn’t explain a very simple concept to his autistic son, as he apparently has no intelligence. You don’t stop violence by destroying your means of defense. The criminals out there with guns who are going to use those weapons for violent acts will merely laugh at you for destroying you weapons, as you are now ready to be victimized. How will you explain that to your son, if you survive?

  • Nolan Raborn November 21, 2017, 7:08 pm

    It is so sad to see a man who can’t see the forest for the trees. The damn AR-15 is just a tool and a damn good one if you have to defend your family, home or country. Just because criminals are beginning to use it does not mean you should destroy yours. I certainly will not destroy mine

  • Sepp W November 21, 2017, 7:05 pm

    BFD. I’m not impressed. In fact, in light of these recent shootings inspires me to rethink if I have enough.

  • Kbee November 21, 2017, 6:30 pm

    What an idiot! What did he accomplish? Unless he had planned to use his AR15 to level a school yard. The old adage remains in effect… Guns don’t kill people, people kill people. So do knives, bricks, and cast iron cookware or rocks. People suck.

    • RJB November 24, 2017, 8:36 am

      Kbee, he did accomplish something, he showed everyone what a socialist brainwashed mindless idiot he is with no independent thinking skills. He’s just another helpless little un American victim !!!

  • stbosco November 21, 2017, 6:14 pm

    i see a few parts there in the picture that might could be salvaged,i will pay the shipping if you will send me the whole pile of parts, if he had have used dynomite and you had some, would you have put the sledge hammer to it also? guns do not kill people,people kill people

  • Will Drider November 21, 2017, 4:45 pm

    What a Loser! Obviously, he feels he can not control the possession of or properly secure the AR15. He is also mentally challenged by not being able to explain the simple concept that te AR15 is one of many tools that can be used for sport or self defense: JUST LIKE HIS OTHER FIREARMS.

    More then likely its a planned anti gun publicity stunt just like the other idiot that turned two guns over to his local PD, took pics and was covered in the press as a Assault Weapon though it clearly was only a semi-auto .22 LR.

    These press drama moments come after a good guy uses a AR to stop a bad guy as counter-propaganda. The LE turn in came after a teen used a AR against several home invaders.

    The unfortunate thing is the anti gun media will play up the gun destruction while ignoring stories of firearms used for self defense.

    • Junior November 21, 2017, 7:14 pm

      Total loser if have can’t explain to his son that some people are just plain psycho and will kill people with any weapon possible, but if this idiot Californian was smart he would tell his son that criminals will get any weapon available. This fucker makes me embarrassed to be from California

      • Allen Lawson November 22, 2017, 8:47 am

        Move you will be happier for it

        • Jon will December 30, 2017, 10:55 pm

          It would have have been a cryin’ shame if one of those pieces of his AR had flown up and hit him in an eye while he was smashing it. Maybe he should take a sledge hammer and smash one of his vehicles the next time a terroristic act is perpetrated upon some innocent pedestrians! Guys like him make fools of themselves. Definitely an anti-gun media stunt.

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