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WATCH: Gun Owner Destroys AR-15 With Sledgehammer

Southampton man smashes his semi-automatic rifle into pieces to keep it out of the hands of a "nut."

SOUTHAMPTON, NY -- Andrew "Gumbo" Hurley said that after the Newtown, Conn. school shooting in December, the fact he owned an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle sickened him.

In January, the 55-year-old who's been a gun owner since he was 14, decided to do something about it. In an interview Friday, Hurley said he called his friend from Barefoot Productions to come to his Water Mill workshop and film him smashing the AR-15 into pieces. The 3-minute video was then posted to YouTube Jan. 19 and has gleaned more than 2,000 views.

"Being a civilized man, I'm not too sure it has any relevance in my life," Hurley says to the camera in the beginning of the video, as he shows off the rifle. "I bought it, I don't know how many years ago, just because I thought it was cool. But now, after all of the events that have unfolded in our country, with shooting innocent children and women, I realize it ain't cool. It ain't even nice. Look at it; it's ugly. It has one purpose — but to kill people. It just disturbs me that I even own a gun like this."

He said Newtown and other recent mass shootings have taught him that "any nut" can get a gun. "No nut's gonna get this gun," he said before breaking out the sledgehammer.

Hurley told Patch that in the 10 or 12 years he owned the AR-15, it was only fired off 20 times. "Me and my friend each took 10 shots with it," he said.

Before the AR-15, he owned then sold an AK-47 he never used, he said. “I thought I was cool buying the thing.”

After posting the video to YouTube, he said, anonymous commenters called him an "idiot," a "moron," and a number of other names that can't be repeated in polite company. “They acted like I just destroyed a crucifix or swung a baby around into a wall,” Hurley said, adding, “I smashed it into a million pieces and I felt good about it. It was liberating to say the least."

He admitted that during filming, a piece of the gun flew off and hit him in the head. He said he stopped the bleeding, took off his sweatshirt, and resumed smashing the AR-15.

Hurley, a former hunter, said he still owns a shotgun for skeet shooting and two old guns, but he doesn't think people need AR-15s and AK-47s. "It's disturbing that people feel they need to be armed against the government," he said.

Hurley said he is an avowed liberal who enjoys talking politics, but he doesn't typically get politically involved beyond voting.

If the video does not play on your device, click here to watch it on YouTube.

Tim Mitcham February 17, 2013 at 04:13 AM
What I find more hilarious (actually SAD) is the fact that you Libs will neglect to look at Data and use your emotions instead of brains to make decisions. Pens cause mis-spelled words :-) Ban Chevys because they are driven by more drunk drivers in fatal car crashes :-) Ban a rifle used in less that 2% of crimes because the rifle is black and looks mean. If you are ever in my area and someone tries to harm you, don't come to my house when Law Enforcement doesn't miraculously appear at the blink of an eye. I'll use my guns to keep the bad guys out of my house and protect my family but will watch thru the windows while they rob you blind and mug you :-)
Tim Mitcham February 17, 2013 at 04:19 AM
AstevensWmill- I could attest that the moon is made of cheeze, too. Doesn't make it true. BTW, I am the King of Romania! Who are you, and why should we believe you?
Mr. Moral Dilema February 17, 2013 at 04:44 AM
well it cost you $1500 but you got your 3 minutes of fame...hope it was worth it you skeet killing JACKASS!!!!! WHAT A MORON!!!!!! But he is well within his right to make a complete idiot out of himself.....
AstevensWmill February 17, 2013 at 04:53 AM
Great response to my question.... Your facts really make a point. (sarcasm in case you don't get it) I'm a friend of Gumbo's, I DO NOT believe in his politics but I believe in his right to share them. If you would like to see the remnants of his rifle let me know. Like I said I don't agree with what he did but it's his right to do it. Take that away and we'll all be screwed. But for you to say he's trying to pull some sort of subterfuge is just absurd. Grow up and grow a brain.
M Abbott February 17, 2013 at 06:02 AM
What a complete moron. This fool was looking to get his 15 seconds of "infamy" realy 2000 views?? kids blowing up ant hills get more views than that. These lib media outlets have sank to a new low. BTW, Id wager he didnt report that gun destroyed to ATF. Congradulations your now a criminal, there is a process for that.
Hammann February 17, 2013 at 06:06 AM
Liberalism truly is a disease...
Ralebird February 17, 2013 at 06:08 AM
The coroner disagrees with you.
Darryl Utton February 17, 2013 at 06:17 AM
Hey Gumbo, A lot of people here think you did the right thing. So do I. You took that gun out of the hands of a nut. That nut is you. You have just proven that you are not responcible enough to own that gun, or any other gun for that matter. Get rid of the rest of your collection please. That way you are no threat to anyone. Unless you have a knife, a baseball bat, a rock, a stick, a rope , a beer bottle, a hockey stick, a hammer, or any of a thousand other things that people have been killed with. What a fruit loop.
Mike Barnett February 17, 2013 at 06:32 AM
THAT is his right! My right is to own an AR-15 or any other weapon that is not illegal in my state. If people out there don't like it, just don't come to my house. How much more simple can that be?
NYB February 17, 2013 at 08:25 AM
Nothing wrong with killing people. As long as they are the right people; Violent criminals threatening violence against you or someone else. No shame or wrong in it. Time for this 55yr old to grow up.
X February 17, 2013 at 08:47 AM
First off, that WAS NOT and WILL NEVER BE an "Assault Rifle." Just because you apply the term "assault" to something doesn't make it a weapon. What about that sledgehammer? You can assault someone with that can't you? More people are killed by hands, fists, and feet (As per the FBI) than by Rifles and Shotguns COMBINED. Frankly, I'm glad you destroyed your ArmaLite Rifle...that's one less irresponsible gun owner. Apparently ignorance begets ignorance in this state.
Mike T February 17, 2013 at 11:10 AM
Let's see if BOTH SIDES can agree on some things here....we may have more in common than we think and can work together. 1. We all want to protect ourselves and our families from criminals. 2. Only law abiding citizens should own and have access to firearms. 3. We are all concerned about the recent trend of unstable males attacking and killing defenseless people in public places with firearms. 4. Collectively we all want to try to prevent this. 5. Criminals with guns intent on harming others ARE OUR COMMON ENEMY! 6. Responsible law abiding gun owners are not a threat. 7. People have the right to defend themselves. 8. Some people don't see the need for people to own high-powered high-capacity firearms. 9. Gun enthusiasts don't want to lose their ability to purchase, own and shoot high- powered high-capacity firearms. 10. We are the United States of America. We landed a man on the moon, we defeated the German, Japanese and Italian armys in World War II, we cherish freedom and respect each other enough to die for complete strangers - WE CAN SOLVE THIS TOGETHER. 9.
Bill Moore February 17, 2013 at 11:43 AM
Gumby put on video a very important lesson. After a vicious three minute attack by a sledgehammer, the "assault rifle" never jumped up, loaded itself and killed its attacker. Proof, on video, that it's the person not the weapon that kills.
Bill Moore February 17, 2013 at 11:47 AM
Record gun sales, stores can't keep ammo in stock, record background checks for first time buyers. "extremism has been rejected by a vast majority" yea right.
Stiringthepot February 17, 2013 at 12:07 PM
Hi, my name is Barack Obama and I approve this message. Thank you. Thank you for being my pawns and remembering your lines during this 3 part act. First, I lobbed this issue onto your laps and right on cue, I divided you into factions. Keep in mind, I haven't done a darn thing yet except lob this issue like a hot grenade right into your laps and have gotten you to divide into your tribes. Next move in this choreographed dance is to suggest some legislation that is pretty inane because in fact, I don't want to tick off the nra and those gun cats that got the $$. (No $$, no Marxism, pretty simple). The country will then get really nuts as we pass this toothless legislation about 7 clips instead of 10 clips or backround chekcs for gun shows - all of which won't amount to any change or reduction in the violence - but everyone will now be divided into their factions. Divided I can conquer you all day, together I'm nothing against the people of the United States. So, thank you again. You have fallen hook, line and sinker for this dance that I shall continue to repeat for another 4 years. Hasta La Vista Baby.
gunnymel February 17, 2013 at 12:45 PM
Dear Occupant of the White House- Most of us can see right through your motives. Divide and conquer, when in doube threaten and bully, or just go away on vacation. After all you have a lot of down time between photo shoots. Tell me sir, why is it that when you seem to get in a bind, Fast & Furious, 4 dead Americans, not getting your way, ect, there suddenly happens a mass shooting? Fortunate timing or something else. Considering the criminal element within your administration it does give a person reason to ponder. As far as the hook line and sinker For your dance well, it will be Hasta La Vista all right. But not quite as you intend. Hope I live long enough to relieve myself on your grave.
John Kidd February 17, 2013 at 01:51 PM
Another Dumbocrat got his 15 minutes of fame. Why didnt they bring a convicted killer who used a gun in and used the hammer on him instead?
Tim Mitcham February 17, 2013 at 02:15 PM
The Libs can't argue with that point. Actually, they can. They argue even when they know they are wrong. They just want their way at all costs.
Tim Mitcham February 17, 2013 at 03:00 PM
AstevensWmill- I apologize for being wrong and a smart a$$. I, just like nearly every other person commenting here, am getting loads of laughs at the expense of your neighbor's lunacy. I guess he probably got tired of being a nobody and this was the only way for him to get noticed. I believe he shares a few of the same qualities possessed by some of the people that carry out the horrific crimes we are so appalled at. We should all be glad that he drew his attention this way instead of by harming other human beings. BTW- I too believe he (and everyone else) has the rights to express himself. His methods have certainly provided both humor and sadness. His antics and the follow up comments have been humorous. The actual root of the video saddens us because we see him as another Nut Case- an irrational and misguided loser. I'm happy he lives in your neighborhood and not mine. NOW, "subterfuge"- "absurd"? The Left is determined to ramrod their beliefs into this country. Deceit, on their part, is to be expected.
Tim Mitcham February 17, 2013 at 03:22 PM
Whether the AR15 was used in a specific instance is NOT the point. The point is- how much (percentage) has an AR15 been used in crimes? If, over the next few months, someone used "O" the Oprah Magaizine to beat 3 dozen children to death, would we go out and ban "O" the magazine? Bad example. I'm sorry. I already believe we could do without "O". Anyway, we should look at how much the "O" magazine has been used to commit crimes. Very little! Why ban something that will have such an insignificant desired result?. In the case of the AR15- it's evil and scary looking. Yes, it has the potential to kill a lot of people. So does cigarettes, alcohol, illegal drugs... Wait a minute! Illegal drugs are already "Illegal". We still have them in abundance. What makes anyone think that banning the AR15 is going to get rid of it and make people any safer? There are far more ARs in the hands of responsible gun owners than there will ever be in the hands of criminals- unless we ban them. Then, no ARs will be in the hands of responsible gun owners. But, plenty will still be in the hands of criminals.
James Christensen February 17, 2013 at 04:23 PM
WE WANT QUEEN HAZEL THE FIRST ! WE WANT QUEEN HAZEL THE FIRST ! I was sooooo looking forward to starting my Sunday morning off by reading another post filled with her hateful drivel. With very little expenditure of imagination, one could picture her sitting there at her keyboard literally foaming at the mouth. Nothing gives me greater pleasure than the image of a vituperative, apoplectic, hysterical old women who takes out her need for sex by using her keyboard for abusive tirades. Notice she keep alluding to "penis size" and "manhood". It's call "projecting!" Poor, poor, Hazel. Some day her Prince will come, probably just not "with her!" LOL.
NotanObamaFan February 17, 2013 at 05:01 PM
If he is 55, then I am 125. He would know a "nutjob" if he saw one. Guaranteed. And what do you expect - he is in NY !!
Dayle Obi February 17, 2013 at 05:03 PM
Dayle Obi For those who say they need a gun to protect them from criminals invading their home: In that scenerio, you would need to have your weapon loaded and by your side at all times. I believe most people consider this to be very unsafe. In those FBI statistics, how many of those instances of weapon (guns,knives, etc) use were against criminals and how many were accidental or on purpose against a relative or aquaintence? Trying to "keep guns out of the hands of nuts" is a nice thought but how many sane people have used "momentary insanity" as a defense after killing someone? People on both sides of the debate seem to be more emotional than rational and make one wonder about their "sanity" It seems like the internet gives the feeling of anonymity and allows pople to vent; expressing these views publicly might cause others to wonder. I do not own a gun and have never felt the need for one, so I am not sure about permits and licenses. However, it seem to me that they should be regulated the way other licenses are, which means renewals and possibly requiring refresher courses in gun safety. I am a Registered Nurse, I have to renew my license and show proof of having continuing education as do doctors, pharmacists, beauticians, etc. This should not be a burden for law aiding citizens. In case you wonder, I do not consider myself liberal or conservative, left or right, democrat or republican. I try to look at both sides of an issue and decide for myself.
David D'Agostino February 17, 2013 at 05:29 PM
Utterly amazing the kind of vile hate being spewed on this article. Some of the posters here are so extreme as to intentionally lie, or remain intentionally ignorant, about the slaughter of the those 20 innocent children in Sandy Hook. The killer did use a Bushmaster, not a pistol, and some of these chilren's bodies were riddled with as many as 11 bullet. Why deny those facts? What is to be gained by such willful ignorance? Disgusting. The kind of violent extremism displayed here is a testament to the need for sensible gun control.
James Christensen February 17, 2013 at 06:05 PM
Dayle: You seem like a reasonable person and your post is well written. You say that you don't consider yourself left or right, and that you like to look at both sides of an issue and decide for yourself. You bring up several points that pro-gun people are constantly trying to educate the uninformed general population about. As a "Concealed Carry" permit holder in New York state, I assure you that my handguns are registered. I have to notify the Sheriff's Office within hours, if anything changes in their status, location, etc. Other states have different statutes regarding handguns. Driver's licenses and licenses to practice a profession are not regulating something that is a constitutional right. Registering all firearms is a prerequisite to possible future confiscation. Yes, the gun-grabbers and Liberals will scream "paranoia" but we don't care about their ranting. We believe in the old adage, " Even if you concede the possibility that you are paranoid, it does not negate the fact that some people or entities out there really want to harm you!" Do you remember what happened when the New York Journal American exposed the names and addresses of pistol permit holders? It caused such a backlash, that the state passed a law denying such information from future FOIA requests. That protects you as well as me Dayle. If you live next to me, a bad guy is not going to know what house is protected by a firearm, and which one isn't. Criminals hate to guess.
James Christensen February 17, 2013 at 06:15 PM
Part 2. Ask yourself this question Dayle. Why is it that Liberals think Republicans are evil for wanting to require voters to show photo I.D., but it is perfectly reasonable for Liberals to want gun owners to register and license all their weapons. Both are constitutional rights, and I would argue that most Americans view them as equally important, wouldn't you? So, doesn't the Liberal anti-gun position regarding voter I.D. and gun licensing appear to be the quintessential height of hypocrisy to you? Because it seems pretty cut and dried to me! There you go Dayle. Hope I have answered your question. You can now see what a slippery nasty slope we would start down, if we tried National gun registration. It would truly be the "Nose of the camel in the tent!" Have a nice Sunday!
James Christensen February 17, 2013 at 07:01 PM
David, I agree to a point. There is misinformation out there that is being erroneously quoted. I have not found an account from a definitive source yet, but I believe you are correct. It was the shotgun that Lanza left in the trunk. That being said, the weapon used is really not germane to the issue. If Lanza had fired 2 shots into one child at close range, using his shotgun loaded with 00 buck, that child would have 18 holes in it's body. Most auto-loading shotguns hold at least 6 rounds. A twelve gauge 00 buck shotgun shell holds 9 .30 caliber pellets, (much bigger than the .223 projectiles from the Bushmaster, and much more devastating at close range.) Do the math. 6x9 = 54, or almost as many projectiles as 2 thirty round clips from the Bushmaster. With a pocket full of shells and as much time as he had before police responded, Lanza could easily have reloaded several times. Don't forget, he still had the pistols as back-up. I'm not denying any facts. I am not against attempting to try and tweak background checks and straw purchases, although I don't think that is going to make much of a difference either. That being said, restricting types of firearms and HCM's will solve nothing. It is strictly a "Feel Good" measure which will allow Liberals and anti-gun types to feel as if they have accomplished something noble or productive. Those are the facts Mr. D'Agostino, like them or not.
Jeff Robin February 17, 2013 at 07:26 PM
He is just looking for his 15 minutes of fame!! What a loser!!!
Henry Powderly (Editor) February 18, 2013 at 01:15 AM
Due to a host of comments that violate our terms by personally attacking Andrew Hurley, we are closing comments on this article. It should also be noted that this article got viral and national attention, so the tenor of the comments here may not represent the community of Southampton, New York.
Conservative Underground March 28, 2014 at 02:14 PM
What ever happened to this loser after he got his ...what, five minutes of fame?

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