The latest mass shooting string in America has left many uncomfortable, with many Americans discussing again whether gun control is the solution to stop these murders. In the upcoming Democratic debates, it has already taken center stage, but one woman has made her own political statement.
One of her colleagues asked Sandy Skaggs, who lives in Kansas City, Missouri, to store her rifle until she returned to the region at a later date. Skaggs claimed she was reluctant, but agreed anyway, to keep a firearm in her home.
Skaggs declared that she was touched by the event after the tragic shootings in El Paso and Dayton and wished to purchase 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.”
The next day, Skaggs sent a check in the mail to her friend. Once legally hers, Skaggs and her husband went down to hand over the rights to the rifle to their local police department. She was insistent that she either did not want it to be reused or stored by the police department for subsequent use.
“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 bought firearm, she told reporters: “It’s a killing machine.” KMBC reported that Skaggs was adamant that she was not against guns for self-defense or hunting.
A spokeswoman for the Kansas City Missouri Police Department clarified how surrendered weapons are dealt with.
“Firearms are usually melted,” the representative 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.”