PHOENIX (KSAZ) – The deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas Sunday night has pushed the debate over gun control back into the national spotlight. On Wednesday, a Valley man waded into the debate on Facebook, when he posted pictures of himself turning over his guns to Phoenix Police.
“I think the easiest way to stop mass shootings from happening in America is to take guns away from civilians,” said Jonathan Pring.
Jonathan Pring has lived in the U.S. for the last decade. After an unrelated argument with his wife the other night, and the seeing all of the horrific coverage from Las Vegas, Pring decided he had enough.
“I like my son and my wife more,” said Pring. who called Phoenix Police to turn over his two high-powered weapons.
The phone call didn’t go exactly the way he expected.
“When I phoned dispatch and I said, ‘hi, I’ve got some guns I’d like to get rid of,’ the dispatcher panicked a little bit,” said Pring. “‘You’ve got guns? How many guns? Are there people in the house with you now? Are the guns loaded?’”
Pring said he could have pawned the guns and collect a few thousand dollars. Instead, Pring said he wanted to do the right thing.
“We can do something about the guns, we can just get rid of them, it’s that easy,” said Pring.
As simple as that sounds, however, Pring knows that he’s in for a serious debate on protecting his family.
“If I have a break-in at my house, I’ll hit him with a baseball bat,” said Pring. “I’m not afraid. I don’t need a gun to be a man.”
While the debate over guns rages on nationally, Pring takes solace in knowing he did his small part.
“This notion that we can’t do anything about it simply isn’t true,” said Pring. “We put a man on the moon, we can get rid of guns in America. No problem.”