Posted: Feb 11, 2013 4:09 PM by Matt Stafford
Updated: Feb 11, 2013 8:12 PM
Calling it a burden and a weapon of mass destruction; Colorado Springs man Michael Warren decided the best option would be to destroy his AK-47 assault rifle.
He didn't want to sell it, unsure of where the money could go.
Warren, along with the Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission, invited people to watch the gun get destroyed. It was cut in half with a saw.
Warren says he purchased the gun right after the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001.
"I was afraid," said Warren.
Since then he says the gun's been in storage, but, to him, that's been a burden.
Shootings across the country - including the recent murders at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut, which Warren referenced often - prompted him to get rid of his AK-47.
"My fear is that this weapon that was destroyed here today would get out of my control and would get into someone else's hands; I don't need it, I don't want it... And now I don't have it," Warren said.
Although the gun was demolished in front of a crowd, including local media crews; Warren insists that he's not trying to make any statement on gun control. He says it's just one man getting rid of his gun. Warren tells News 5 it's an act of faith and he's getting rid of the gun under guidance from his church.
The plan is to take the pieces of the gun and making a gardening tool out of it; it's a biblical reference from the book of Isaiah -- turning a sword into a plowshare.
Warren also points out that he plans to keep his sport weapons.
Monday's destruction of Warren's AK-47 is the launch of a new local program, Guns to Garden Tools. For more on the program, click here.