In the wake of the Florida shooting, Amanda Meyer decided she didn’t want to have a gun anymore.
So Meyer destroyed her semi-automatic Sig Sauer pistol in a video posted to Facebook, and then handed it over to police.
“The only way that I can know for sure that this gun will never hurt anyone is if it doesn’t exist,” she said in the video, which went viral.
Meyer went on CNN to discuss the video today. She told host Brooke Baldwin that the decision was inspired by her brother’s suicide, by having taught at a school just 20 miles from Sandy Hook and by her cousin and his wife being at the Route 91 Harvest music festival in Las Vegas before the shooting.
“Over time I came to the conclusion that people don’t really need semi-automatic weapons,” she says. “And also I was sort of starting to advocate against other people having them and realized it was hypocritical that I had one.”
So the Connecticut resident used an angle grinder to shred the gun.
“You have to do the cost-benefit analysis at some point,” she says. “To me it’s totally normal to be around guns. I grew up around guns. We go out shooting guns at family Christmas, it’s not family Christmas until you go out and shoot targets… but semi-automatic weapons were made for killing people. So there’s no question about that.”
Guns rights activists, who are typically advocates for personal property rights, were not pleased by Meyer’s video.
“All of the pro-gun people, hardcore pro-gun people are saying it’s not the gun’s fault, it’s just because our world is not respectful enough, “she says. “Then they go on social media and bash me and say I hope someone breaks into your house and has a gun and you realize why you needed that gun, or they question my mental fitness because of my brother’s suicide.”
You can watch the full video below.
‘Go look at President Trump’s Twitter’: Portland right-wing rally organizer claims ‘mission success’
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Why was Jeffrey Epstein buying size 5 women’s panties — while in jail?
The Miami Herald has another bombshell report on Jeffrey Epstein, who died in a Manhattan jail while waiting to stand trial on federal sex crimes charges.
"A decade ago, during a brief stint in Palm Beach County Jail, convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein made an odd purchase at the facility’s store: two pairs of small women’s panties, size 5," the Herald reported Saturday night.
The newspaper noted, "the panties raise questions about why a childless male inmate, accused of sexually abusing girls as young as 14, would be allowed to buy female undergarments so small that they wouldn’t fit an average-sized adult woman."
White nationalist Republican ridiculed after only 2 people show up for his town hall meeting
Embattled Rep. Steve King (R-IA) suffered further humiliation on Saturday when only two people showed up for his town hall meeting with Iowa constituents.
King, who was stripped of all committee assignments for his white nationalism, was been an embarrassment for Republicans with his constant racism and misogyny.
A photo of the town hall meeting was posted on Twitter by Reuters photo editor Corinne Perkins.
Rep. King was quickly mocked in the comments.
Here's some of what people were saying: