The recent string of mass shootings in America has left many uneasy, with many Americans once again debating if gun control is the answer to stopping these killings. It has already taken center stage at the upcoming Democratic debates, but one woman made a political statement of her own.
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Sandy Skaggs, who lives in Kansas City, Missouri, was asked by one of her friends to store her rifle until she came back into the area at a later date. Skaggs claimed she was reluctant to keep a firearm in her home but agreed anyway.
After the tragic shootings that took place in El Paso and Dayton, Skaggs proclaimed she was touched by the incident and wanted to buy the rifle — not to use it but to destroy it.
“I had reservations about even having the gun in my house,” Skaggs told Yahoo News. “I asked my friend if she would be willing to sell it, and badgered her about it several times. Then, I watched the reports about the events in El Paso and Dayton, and like everyone else, I was touched. I texted her and asked if she was ready to sell — and she said yes.”
Skaggs sent her friend a check in the mail the next day. Once it was legally hers, Skaggs and her husband went down to their local police department to relinquish the rights to the rifle. She was adamant that she didn’t want it reused or stored for later use by the police department either.
“The gun had a really nice scope and some other features like a big magazine — I didn’t want it dismantled or taken apart. I wanted it destroyed,” she explained. “We went over to the police station and handed it over, and they promised it will go to the smelter. They assured me it would be taken care of.”
When asked why she was willing to let go of her newly purchased firearm, she told reporters: “It’s a killing machine.” Skaggs was adamant in the fact that she was not against guns for the hunting of self-defense, KMBC reported.
A Kansas City Missouri Police Department spokesperson explained how surrendered weapons are dealt with.
“Firearms are usually melted,” the spokesperson explained. “Typically it’s relatives who inherit a weapon and have no use for it so they turn it into their local law enforcement agency to have it destroyed, which is common practice across the country.”