A Kansas City woman decided earlier this week that she’d had enough of the AR-15 she’s been storing in her home for a friend, so she decided to purchase it and then destroy it.
“I don’t even like touching this thing. It’s upsetting to me,” Sandy Skaggs told KMBC News 9, gingerly holding what she called a “killing machine.”
She told the outlet that the recent mass murders in Dayton and El Paso motivated her to buy and destroy the weapon.
“I do not want this gun. I want to destroy this gun,” Skaggs clarified.
She contacted local police to ask about the proper way to destroy the rifle or request that they do it, telling law enforcement that she does not want it used for parts. She’s willing to do anything to render the weapon inoperable, even “pouring acid down the barrel to destroy the mechanism inside,” according to KMBC’s Michael Mahoney.
“I’m not opposed to hunting. I’m not opposed to hunters. I’m not opposed to people having guns in their possession for protection. But this is a killer. It’s a killing machine, and that’s all it’s for,” she said.
When Mahoney pointed out that AR-15s are legal to own and that many hunters use them due to their accuracy and versatility, Skaggs stood her ground.
“That’s right. They are. And I’m entitled to purchase and destroy it,” Skaggs said.
Skaggs joins a long and noble line of virtue signalers garnering local media attention for their brave decision to destroy semi-automatic rifles.
- In 2016, an Episcopal priest spent $3,000 to purchase an AR-15 and turned it into a pickaxe. “We took a weapon designed to kill human beings, an AR-15 semi-automatic assault rifle, and turned it into a tool for cultivating and growing food,” Rev. Jeremy Lucas said on his blog. “This gun will never be used to kill kids in schools, kill people in a movie theater, kill people at an office party or at any other place of mass shootings. This gun will never be found by a child who accidentally shoots a friend, or accidentally used by a police chief who’s had too much to drink at a barbecue and shoots a friend.”
- In 2017, a California gun owner destroyed his AR-15 with a sledgehammer and encouraged other gun owners to do the same. “It makes me feel like I’ve been a small man to think that I needed one of these,” said Chad Vachter with local media 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.”
- In 2018, a Virginia congressional candidate came under ATF scrutiny when she sawed off the barrel of an AR-15 and posted the video to social media. “After last week, I told [my husband] that I wanted this gun outta my house! To those students in Florida, and across our country, keep standing up, and speaking truth to power! These gun owners heard you and we’re going to stand by you!” Karen Mallard said in the video.
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Oh, and this old meme seems apropos: