"I said to my wife: I'd gladly give this gun up if it would save the life of just one child". So, I've decided today I'm going to make sure this weapon will never be able to take a life.
Pappalardo said: 'Is the right to own this weapon more important than someone's life?' He also calls himself a firm believer in the Second Amendment and notes he even has it tattooed on his arm.
In the video, Pappalardo says he has owned the rifle for over 30 years.
Critics say the Colt weapon is far too powerful and should be banned from public sale. Is that right (the right to own guns) more important?,' he said in the video. And after last week's school shooting in Parkland, Florida, he made a decision to take action.
Pappalardo then places the rifle under a power saw and cuts it in half, before returning to his chair to end the video.
"There's a lot of blame people can put on desensitizing with video games and the internet, bad parenting, mental illness, but ultimately it's a gun like this one that takes away the lives", he said.
That shooting happened five years ago. So when do we change? "When do we make laws that say a weapon like this isn't acceptable in today's society?".
Amanda Meyer, originally from Strawberry Point, Iowa, said she grew up around guns and that her parents always emphasized gun safety.
Pappalardo, who says he believes strongly in the right to bear arms, talks about Sandy Hook and last week's school shooting in Parkland.
Pappalardo also said he chose not to sell the gun because in that instance, there is still a chance that it could be used for a violent act. I mean, think about it.
"For all you haters out there that think I'm very stupid for doing this, I hope and I pray that it doesn't take the barrel of one of these guns pointed at your child's head to change your mind", he said.