Cafe owner who forfeited guns to police inundated with death threats

In the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in US history, one café owner who tried to “inspire others” by handing in his weapons has been inundated with death threats.

 

Jonathan Pring went public with his decision to hand in his Walther Arms PK380 and Ruger 10/22 tactical rifle to Phoenix police this week, sharing the photos to Facebook.

"I hope my actions inspire others.  If we can achieve a safer world for our children, we will have done a good thing," Mr Pring wrote.

“I still believe the Las Vegas shooting event could have been avoided.

Jonathan Pring went public with his decision to hand in his Walther Arms PK380 and Ruger 10/22 tactical rifle to Phoenix police this week, sharing the photos to Facebook. Source: Facebook

“I also believe that future events can be avoided with common sense gun controls."

While some Facebook users threw their support behind the UK native, others shared his address online and threated his young family.

“I received several hundred messages, emails & texts. Some very lovely and supportive. Most were mean," Pring said in the post Thursday. 

"Very few offered any alternative solutions to the problem."

The Phoenix man said his post was shared 2000 times and inundated with death threats. Source: Facebook

"At 2000+ shares I reluctantly deleted the post because people started posting my address online & threatening my family," Pring added.

Furious social media users accused Pring of wanting his “15 minutes”, while others said he would likely feature in the news again.

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“The criminals of Phoenix will be most appreciative of your efforts in making their lives much easier! You are now, a Soft Target,” one man wrote in response to his post.

“I feel he will be in the news again when his shop is robbed at gun point and someone died because he no longer had his gun behind the counter as protection,” one woman wrote.

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