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Father of Two Surrenders His AR-15 Gun Following the Uvalde Shooting | “It’s the Only Thing I Can Do”

Father of Two Surrenders His AR-15 Gun Following the Uvalde Shooting | “It’s the Only Thing I Can Do”

Beers hopes that by the time his two daughters are grown, access to guns in America will look different.

Following the Texas school tragedy, a parent surrendered his AR-15 gun to authorities. 

Ben Beers, a former Marine, grew up shooting weapons and learning about gun safety. Now that he's raising two girls in Oregon, he keeps his firearms, including a custom-built AR-15 rifle, in a safe, reports TODAY. However, recent school shootings have caused Beers to reevaluate his gun ownership and the recent mass shooting in Uvalde has worsened things. 

18-year-old Salvador Ramos opened fire in Robb Elementary school killing 19 children and 2 teachers. Beers expressed his devastation, "With AR-15s constantly in the news (it made me think), why do I have these in my home? I've never used them for self-defense and, to me, it's a token of pure evil and destruction." He told KGW8 of the night he learned of the Texas Shooting, "I was up all night, tossing and turning, crying and shaking."



 

 

Beers surrendered his AR-15, his 9mm handgun, and his ammunition to the Hillsboro Police Department a day after the Texas mass shooting. Beers said he took this decision, "from my gut and my heart." "It's the only thing I can do," he said. 

He said in a TikTok video filmed outside the department, "I no longer want them." He added, "I know this will not change legislation or anything to do with gun culture in America. But hopefully, it will be a form of symbolism and hopefully, America can wake up because no other country has the problems that we do ... with gun violence." In only one day, almost 200,000 people viewed Beers' TikTok video. 



 

 

He said, "Which is a good thing. Hopefully, soon we can all wake up and realize this needs to be done… this is an idea. Guns are not as precious to us and nor are my Second Amendment rights as the lives of my children in school." He added, "I'm aware that I could have made thousands of dollars off this stuff but that's the problem. [Guns] already have too much of an economic impact in this country. It's already a big moneymaker and that's the root of the problem."

Hillsboro Police Department Sergeant Stewart Kelsey told the outlet that Beers utilized a long-established service that receives firearms or ammunition from citizens. He said that these weapons are sent to the property-and-evidence division and, "Weapons are sent to a local company that melts them into slag using a blast furnace." 



 

 

Sergeant Clint Shrz from the department said, "It could be a death in the family and someone has left them a firearm that they don't want in the house and they decide to turn it into us. It happens about once a month." 

Beers hopes that by the time his two daughters are grown, access to guns in America will look different.

Beers said, "I'm tired of hearing that a military-grade AR-15 is comparable to a hunting rifle — it's not. I don't have money or power but if I can do one thing, it's get rid of this ... I want a safer future." 

References:

https://www.today.com/today/amp/rcna31850

https://www.kgw.com/article/news/local/hillsboro-man-tiktok-video-guns-destroyed-turned-in/283-0b61f28b-85ad-460c-94f9-37341acdea56

https://www.tiktok.com/@benji5811/video/7101799839645666603?

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