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Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School's football coach died after he shielded students from gunfire during the shooting massacre Wednesday. In this photo, people are brought out of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Feb. 14, 2018. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

In a move that was praised by people across the United States, Scott Pappalardo, a gun owner and a firm believer in the second amendment, destroyed his AR-15 rifle. Pappalardo posted a video of himself on Facebook sawing off the gun’s barrel Saturday, which has since then gone viral, and garnered millions of views.

The Facebook video, titled “My drop in a very large bucket #oneless,” showed an emotional Pappalardo talk about the Parkland school shooting in Florida, where a teen gunman killed 17 people Feb. 14.

Pappalardo, who has the second amendment act tattooed on his arm, purchased the weapon thirty years ago. The second amendment protects people’s right to possess arms. Pappalardo’s weapon, which he mostly used for target practice, has turned into an object of derision for him.

The New York man said he decided to give the gun up after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012, and had added he would gladly do so if it meant he could save the children.

"That's five years ago now," Pappalardo said to a camera. "Since then more than 400 people have been shot in over 200 school shootings. So I guess my words were just empty words in the spur of the moment. And now here we are, 17 more lives lost. … So when do we change? When do we make laws that say maybe a weapon like this isn't acceptable in today's society?"

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Demonstrators hold placards at a rally for gun control outside the White House in Washington, D.C., Feb. 19, 2018. Reuters

Pappalardo said there has been enough arguments over who is responsible for the shootings. From mental illness to video games, the blame has knocked on most of the doors that people perceived were responsible for the mass shooting. However, Pappalardo held guns responsible for the shootings.

“Ultimately it’s a gun like this one that takes away a life. This is the end result,” he said

Pappalardo disagreed with the United States’ lawmakers’ argument to tighten the gun laws, which he said revolved around finding ways to obtain the weapon regardless of laws set in place.

He countered the argument saying, "I am going to give you a news flash. … Until the other day Nikolas Cruz was a legal gun owner. Steven Paddock in Las Vegas, killing 58 people, was a legal gun owner until that night."

The New York resident said he considered selling the weapon but he couldn’t live with the thought that it might end up in the hands of a child who could possibly kill people in the future.

"I'm going to make sure that will never happen with my weapon," he said. "People have always said there are so many of them out there. Well now there is one less."

Since the Florida shooting claimed the lives of 17 people, the debate has gained momentum over tightening the laws on weapon possession to prevent future violence.

Following the shooting, former President Barack Obama in a Twitter statement said, "We are grieving with Parkland. But we are not powerless. Caring for our kids is our first job. And until we can honestly say that we're doing enough to keep them safe from harm, including long overdue, common-sense gun safety laws that most Americans want, then we have to change."