“My drop in a very large bucket”. That’s the simple caption attached to a six minute video an American gun enthusiast has posted to his Facebook page that has now generated hundreds of thousands of reactions, comments and shares.
Scott Pappalardo from New York state has calmly sat down in front of a camera, cradling his legally registered AR-15, to declare that he “can’t live knowing that my gun’s out there it and can one day possibly commit an horrific act like that one the other day in Florida”.
Mr Pappalardo is relating to Thursday’s school massacre that killed 17 people and left dozens injured, and has led to public rallies calling for the US to change its gun laws.
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His AR-15 is the same weapon used by the alleged killer.
“A lot of people have said to me ‘what do you need to own a weapon like that for? It’s only purpose is to kill’,” he says in the video, which you can see below.
“I’ll be honest, it’s a lot of fun to shoot. I’m not a hunter, I’ve never killed anything with it, expect a bunch of targets.
“I remember after (the) Sandy Hook (massacre) happened, I said to my wife ‘I would gladly give this gun up, if it would save the life of just one child’.
“That’s five years ago now… so I guess my words were just empty words.
“Here we are, 17 more lives lost. So when do we change? When do we make laws that say weapons like this aren’t acceptable in today’s society?
“There is a lot of blame people could put on desensitising with video games, the internet, bad parenting, mental illness. But ultimately it’s a gun like this one that takes away peoples’ lives.
“Is the right to own this weapon more important than someone’s life?” he askes. “Look at the pictures of those victims.”
“And for all you haters out there, that think I’m very stupid for doing this, I hope and I pray, that it doesn’t take the barrel of one of these guns pointed at your child’s head to change your mind.”