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Gun Owner's Facebook Post Has Been Shared More Than 5,000 Times

One man's Facebook post is sparking conversation about gun control in America. Brandyn Wayne, a gun owner whose actual name is Brandon McAnally, took to social media to state that he doesn't need his assault rifle.

Although an experienced gun user and avid gun supporter, 32-year-old McAnally told ATTN: in an emailed statement that he changed his stance on gun control after the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando that left 49 dead.

"Before Orlando, sadly, I was one of those people that were of the opinion that, 'It's not the gun's fault,'" McAnally told ATTN:. "But I had to step back far enough and think about it, as a gun owner, and take responsibility for the tool that is so easily acquired by 'law-abiding' citizens. I came to the conclusion that there is no legitimate reason to own a high capacity semi-automatic rifle or handgun as a civilian in a civilized society.

Brandyn Wayne

In the beginning of the post McAnally details his experience serving in the army and how guns are still an active part of his life today. But although McAnally is familiar with gun culture and carries an assault rifle in the photo he understands the danger that a "high-capacity semi-automatic rifle" can present to society.

Halfway through the post he wrote:

"Along with anyone else who has been to war, I understand how dangerous it is. Given the past few years everyone else in the world should know as well. Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria... Newtown, France, Orlando... It is an instrument of war. It was made to kill large amounts of people... in war. Police forces have it because now civilians do. The police need to meet force with equal, comparable force. The militarization of police agencies is occurring but how much can we blame them when the populace has access to these kinds of weapons?"

Brandyn Wayne

Despite supporting the right to bear arms, McAnally argues that assault rifles don't have any utilitarian purpose in society and are somewhat outdated in this modern era. He wrote in his post:

"This is an assault rifle. I understand there is much derision in certain gun owner's circles regarding this term, but that is the truth. This rifle was not made to go hunting. No one needs to take down thirty antelope inside of a minute to feed their family. This rifle was made to kill many people very quickly and it is very good at that one specific task. Handguns also fall into this category. They are made to put down people in close range very quickly. I own them because other people have them and I refuse to be in a situation where my life is in danger where I can't nullify the situation. The question that remains, though, do I need a 10, 12, or 16 round pistol? Am I carrying that 16-round pistol to also protect myself from someone else carrying a 16-round pistol or three people carrying seven-round pistols?"

McAnally also encourages people to question a society in which large firearms are necessary to defend ourselves in the first place. 

"Everyone should have the legal right to protect themselves from being assaulted. Everyone should have the right to shoot someone they feel is threatening their life. But the question we have to ask is, 'Do we really want to live in a society where personal protection means being able to fire up to sixteen rounds in five seconds?' 'Do we really want to live in a society where someone out of their mind can run into a dark, happy, loud environment and kill 49 people, injure 53 others, and not be stopped until a SWAT team sets off a diversionary explosion and has a shootout with the terrorist where one police officer takes a round to the helmet?'"

And finally, McAnally writes that despite his fascination with his rifle, he would gladly hand it over if laws were put in place that it would make it illegal for him to carry one.

"If the laws change and this assault rifle I own became illegal, I would turn it in. I would turn it in to the authorities because as a responsible gun owner and citizen, I understand I live in a society that has rules. If I want to fight those rules, as a responsible gun owner and citizen, I will do so with words. As a responsible gun owner and citizen, I know that living in an atmosphere of paranoia of and isolationism from my government is the easiest path toward failing myself and my family.

While McAnally has warmed up to the idea on placing limits on people's access to certain firearms, the U.S. Senate needs more convincing.

Recently, the four gun control measures were introduced into the U.S. Senate. But on Monday, the Senate rejected the four proposed amendments, to the great dismay of many people across the nation.