After having learned about recent mass shootings, Mike Warren decided he no longer wanted the assault rifle he purchased nearly a decade ago.
Warren, a Colorado Springs lawyer, said he originally purchased the gun after Sept. 11.
“I always had it in the back of my mind. There might be something that I would need it for. Sounds stupid now,” said Warren.
He explained he didn’t want to resell the gun, for fear it would end up in the wrong hands.
On Monday morning, Warren had the gun sliced in half so that it would never be used in the traditional sense again.
“It’s worth some money, but I couldn’t very well turn it back over into the system. I would become then an arms trader myself,” he said.
Instead, the remnants of the gun have been donated to a local artist.
Mike Martin with Rawtools will be transforming the gun’s parts into gardening tools.
The Rawtools project is inspired by the biblical exhortation, “They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, now will they train for war anymore.”
Rawtools has joined forces with the Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission to promote the “Guns To Garden Tools” project.
For more information on how to get involved, or to donate any weaponry, contact the Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission.
Warren said he does not have an opinion on gun control, saying this was the best solution for him.
“I used to have opinions about a lot of things. Now, all I have are fears. My fear is that this weapon that was destroyed here today would get out of my control and into somebody else’s hands. I don’t need it, I don’t want it, and now, I don’t have it,” said Warren.