A Texas man sought to make a prominent statement as he voluntarily turned in his legally owned AK-47 to local police so he could help stop gun violence.
After the recent mass shootings in the state “Billy from Austin” thought it his duty to begin a trend that would get semi-automatic weapons out of the hands of the common people.
“The massive shootings, all the lives, all the blood is hard to ignore,” Billy, who did not want to reveal his last name, told FOX 7 Austin. “We need to get them off the streets. I need to get mine off the streets. I can only speak for myself and pray for everyone else.”
Billy told the station he has been thinking about turning in his gun for some time but after watching coverage of the shootings in El Paso, Dayton and Midland-Odessa he realized it was time for him to take action.
“I’m going to go in, let them know I’m surrendering my firearm and it's an assault weapon,” he said. “I’m trying to make a safer place for you and me and my grandbabies.”
In what appeared to be a political stunt, Billy went to the local police station, waited to be seen by an officer and told the cop what he had been waiting to say all along: here’s my gun.
Billy may have expected fireworks to go off and a cheering crowd to gather around him when he tried to hand his gun in, but that didn’t happen. In an anti-climatic fashion the confused cop told him he could just go to a gun shop and resell it there.
But Billy didn’t back down. He would make sure his virtue signaling would be seen by the masses, I mean, he did have a news crew to perform in front of after all.
“No, I don’t want it out there on the street,” he told the officer. “You don’t want it out there on the street either sir, y’alls jobs is hard enough.”
Billy eventually got his way and got the glorious shot he was hoping for — the officer taking away his gun.
“I would encourage anyone that is my position to do the same,” he said. “It’s not easy, it takes a lot more thought and a lot more courage to do this than it was to buy it.”
Billy went on to say he didn’t need Congress to pass a law for him to know what was right. He claimed the “time is now” for people to let their guns go.
Sure, ok Billy.
H/T: The Blaze