Arizona man Jonathan Pring posted a heartfelt letter attached to a photo of himself surrendering his guns to police on Facebook in response to the Las Vegas shooting.
Pring, a dual British-American citizen, said he was prompted to call the police shortly after the massacre that claimed 58 innocents and injured hundreds more.
He then took to social media to share his impassioned change of heart.
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In his post Pring writes,
"I will miss my guns. I enjoyed taking them to the range and doing Rambo poses in front of the mirror. I paid a lot of money for them. However, if i was to write down the 10 most important things in my life the guns won't make the list."
He later added, "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 man. "
Pring told reporters his fervent hope is that more gun owners will do the same, sharing his thought that "the easiest way to stop mass shootings from happening in America is to take guns away from civilians".
The Facebook post was shared thousands of times, by mostly supporters — but then things got “quite scary,” he said.
As gun owners who disagreed ferociously took to social media to not just shame and condemn the man but, trolls took their chance to spew their bile by threatening Pring's family and home with bodily harm and death.
Really people? Is this where we actually are?
Dear everybody who is threatening Jonathan Pring,— جن (@_The_Jinn_) October 6, 2017
Just stop it. He has the right to be a fucking idiot.
Jonathan Pring was later found dead after an apparent burglar shot his ass while stealing from his now less-defended home.— Cheshire cat (@twistyritchie98) October 5, 2017
Dear criminals, Jonathan Pring just unarmed himself, he only has a baseball bat.— paco (@letmebePaco) October 6, 2017
So yes, it appears that this is where we actually are.
Sadly the family had to temporarily evacuate their home for safety. But supporters are still standing up for Mr. Pring and reminding him that cooler heads will prevail. And thanks to him we can all hold onto hope that; ALL is not lost.