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This Gun Owner Explained On Facebook Why He Would Give Up His Assault Rifle

"It's time to grow up and have the discussion on gun reform."

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Brandon Wayne is from Florida, and a self-proclaimed "responsible gun owner" and a former officer in the Active Duty Army.

He penned this message on gun control in a Facebook post that's now been shared over 2,000 times.

Facebook: brandonwaynetech

Wayne, which is not his real name, told BuzzFeed he was compelled to write the post as a response to the "terrible things have happened recently, and I feel I was part of both sides of the debate."

Wayne says he owns several types of guns, including a "higher end ... rifle with 'military grade' elements." He explains how the semi-automatic elements work:

After saying he doesn't "need" this machinery — but "wants" it – he also acknowledges it has a controversial place in the recent conversations surrounding firearms in America:

He then raised these questions about owning assault rifles, alluding to the assault in Orlando.

"I wanted gun owners to step back far enough outside their constitutional rhetoric and look at that weapon and realize it's absolutely unnecessary to have the much specific destructive power," he said.
Facebook: brandonwaynetech

"I wanted gun owners to step back far enough outside their constitutional rhetoric and look at that weapon and realize it's absolutely unnecessary to have the much specific destructive power," he said.

Wayne ended his Facebook post saying if "the laws change" and his assault rifle becomes illegal to own, "I would turn it in."

Wayne has received both compassion and harsh criticism for his thoughts on the divisive issue. He wants to "remind his detractors that we are part of a communal society, and that insular thinking is a way that society breaks down."

"I get it — they're afraid," he said. "Fear is easy. Anger is easy. Stepping outside of those privately constructed confines is apparently not easy. I'm not going to be one of them. I'm going to stand up and work together to fix these senseless tragedies."
Facebook: brandonwaynetech

"I get it — they're afraid," he said. "Fear is easy. Anger is easy. Stepping outside of those privately constructed confines is apparently not easy. I'm not going to be one of them. I'm going to stand up and work together to fix these senseless tragedies."

Tanya Chen is a social news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in Chicago.

Contact Tanya Chen at tanya.chen@buzzfeed.com.

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