Andrew "Gumbo" Hurley of Southhampton, N.Y., said that after the Newtown, Conn., school shooting in December, the fact he owned an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle sickened him.
In January, the 55-year-old -- who has been a gun owner since he was 14 -- decided to do something about it. In an interview Friday, Hurley said he called his friend from Barefoot Productions to come to his workshop and film him smashing the AR-15 into pieces. The 3-minute video was then posted to YouTube Jan. 19 and has gleaned more than 2,000 views.
"Being a civilized man, I'm not too sure it has any relevance in my life," Hurley says to the camera in the beginning of the video, as he shows off the rifle. "I bought it, I don't know how many years ago, just because I thought it was cool. But now, after all of the events that have unfolded in our country, with shooting innocent children and women, I realize it ain't cool. It ain't even nice. Look at it; it's ugly.
"It has one purpose — but to kill people. It just disturbs me that I even own a gun like this."
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