In the wake of two weekend mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, a Kansas City woman told a local news outlet she purchased an “assault rifle” – but only so she could destroy it to make a “personal and political statement against the gun and gun violence.”
Sandy Skaggs had been holding onto a firearm for a friend, but the tragedies over the weekend prompted her to buy the gun.
“I don’t even like touching this thing,” Skaggs said in an interview with ABC affiliate KMBC. “It’s upsetting.”
The Kansas City resident says she has asked local police how she can properly dispose of the weapon.
“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.
During the interview, KMBC reporter Micheal Mahoney informed Skaggs that it is not illegal to purchase or possess the gun in question.
“People are entitled to own one,” he said.
“That’s right. They are. And I’m entitled to purchase and destroy it,” Skaggs replied.
Mahoney said that Skaggs is determined to destroy the weapon to make a “personal and political statement against the gun and gun violence.”
Sandy Skaggs isn’t the first person to destroy a gun in protest of gun violence
Skaggs’ gesture echoes a similar one made last year by Karen Mallard, a former candidate for Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District in the U.S. House.
In March, Mallard uploaded a video to her Facebook account in which she is seen destroying an AR-15.
“We need common-sense gun laws, and these military-style assault weapons are the ones being used in mass shooting,” Mallard told WUSA in an interview that same month. ”We need to get rid of the bump stocks, we need to get rid of those large magazines so we can make sure our citizens are safe.”