- The Washington Times - Friday, August 9, 2019

An anti-gun activist who walked into a Walmart in Port St. Lucie, Florida, on Wednesday and asked to purchase a gun that could “kill 200 people” is now admitting that the stunt was in “poor taste.”

Philip Attey told a local ABC affiliate that he was “angered” by the recent mass shootings across the country and wanted to shine a light on Walmart’s gun sales after a gunman fatally shot 22 people at a store in El Paso, Texas, on Saturday.

“It was to get them to wake up and think about their role in the gun violence toxic climate that we have,” he told WPBF, adding that he went about it the wrong way.

“We need to do this across the country,” he said. “I don’t say go into your Walmart and confront them the way I did, but I will say this: Do something.”

Port St. Lucie Police responded to the Walmart located at the 10000 block of U.S. Route 1 South on Wednesday night after they received a call from a concerned customer. They were able to track Mr. Attey down within a few hours after posting surveillance video screenshots of Mr. Attey.

“A customer had contacted us regarding a suspicious incident, where a white male interrupted his conversation at the sporting section and asked the store clerk abruptly if he had a gun that he could purchase that would kill about 200 people,” Asst. Police Chief Richard Del Toro told WPBF.

Police shared photos of Mr. Attey that were taken from surveillance video, which led to a tip that brought them to the activist’s Port St. Lucie residence a few hours after he left the store.

No charges were made against Mr. Attey once police determined he did not pose a “credible threat.”

“From what we are understanding is that it was kind of more of a shock statement and that it would bring awareness to his platform,” Mr. Del Toro said.

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