Gun supporter destroys his AR-15 after California shootingPosted: Updated:
A gun enthusiast in California recently took a sledgehammer to one of his most prized possessions - hir AR-15.
Chad Vachter said he started having doubts about owning the weapon after the 2015 San Bernardino terror attack that left 14 people dead.
That attack happened at the Inland Regional Center where Vachter's son with autism receives treatment.
But he didn't get rid of the weapon then. After last week's shooting in Northern California, Vachter destroyed the gun.
Kevin Neal killed five people and injured 12 others in a seemingly random shooting spree.
Vachter said he still supports the second amendment and will keep his shotgun and pistol. However, he did smash his AR-15 into pieces.
Vachter said it felt like a weight had been lifted.
"I can't have something in my house that so easily could become another part of a situation like that and I'm not going to be desensitized to it. I refuse to," said Vachter. "When I read the thing about the school in Northern California, I cried, and I haven't felt good since. Even if it's just a small thing, I did my part to make things better."
Vachter hopes his message will resonate with other gun owners, inspiring them to destroy their assault-style weapons using the hashtag #notwiththisgun.