Emotions continue to run high in the aftermath of the Mandalay Bay massacre. One Arizona man, Jonathan Pring, sought to salve his conscience while grabbing fifteen minutes of fame by publicizing his post-mass murder “epiphany.” He surrendered his two guns to police, apparently to head off any more Mandalay Bay-style attacks.
I’m sure his selfless act will make him feel quite virtuous. But who’s going to tell Mr. Epihany that Arizona law requires police to sell all confiscated guns…back to the public?
CBS 5 in Phoenix has the story:
In the wake of the Las Vegas massacre, many people are asking, “What can I do to help prevent this kind of thing from happening again?”
One man from Phoenix has an answer of his own. Jonathan (we are not using his last name) turned in all his guns.
Jonathan called the local police station and asked that an officer come and collect his firearms.
“I’m a proud American citizen. I’m a duel citizen. I love watching football, eating hot dogs, and until yesterday, I had a machine gun,” he said.
“I had a machine gun”? No, no he didn’t.
In fact, what he surrendered is a Ruger 10/22 with an aftermarket stock and a couple of 25-round magazines. Oh yes, and a Walther PK380 pistol. Quite an armory.
…”I just thought there is really something tangible we can do to make this stop happening.”
Jonathan is not only turning his weapons over to police, but he’s also writing about his decision and his action on Facebook…and it has triggered quite a discussion.
What Pring actually did was to shameless uses the horrific tragedy to buy his momentary “fame”. He clearly made sure the local media and a photographer were there to memorialize the blessed event. How repugnant and disgusting.
At the Tribunist, Pring tells their reporter:
“I think the easiest way to stop mass shootings from happening in America is to take guns away from civilians,” Pring told Fox.
“I like my son and my wife more,” said Pring.
We don’t count that Mr. Pring, an immigrant born and raised in London, likes his wife and child more than his guns. But taking firearms away from Americans would serve as a recipe for far more deaths, not fewer.
He apparently hasn’t been here long enough to learn that American citizens proudly embrace the rights enshrined in our Constitution and our Bill of Rights. At the same time, most of us realize how true freedom and liberty still stand as foreign concepts to British subjects.
Let’s hope that Mr. Pring’s two surrendered firearms end up in more responsible, appreciative hands.
UPDATE: In the Tribunist story, they quoted Mr. Pring from his Facebook post…
To any would be home invaders, watch out, I just bought a brand new Slugger.
And then added this.
Pring said of defending his family, “If I have a break-in at my house, I’ll hit him with a baseball bat. I’m not afraid. I don’t need a gun to be a man.”
But in a post today on Facebook, Pring wrote that he’s hired armed security to protect his home and family. The money quote:
For the safety of my family, friends and staff I have hired armed security to protect me & my businesses.
Wait… didn’t he brag on his brand new “Slugger” to deal with any home invaders? You mean that a good guy with a gun stops bad guys better than a Louisville Slugger? Who would have thought?