Giffords And Kelly Lose Credibility w/ “Cheap Publicity Stunt”
FoxNews reported on Monday that a Tucson gun store owner decided to terminate a gun sale transaction with Mark Kelly, husband of former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Kelly purchased an AR-15 rifle and a .45 caliber handgun, one day before Giffords and Kelly were to appear at the very supermarket the shooting took place, which killed 6 and injured 12 – including Giffords.
The gun store, Diamondback Police Supply, followed the Tucson ordinance and wouldn’t let Kelly take possession of the rifle until the weapon was cleared of having been used in a crime. The ordinance states that guns are to be held for 20 days before re-sale, which is the time required to conduct a background of a firearm.
Out of spite, Kelly posted on his Facebook page:
A background check took only a matter of minutes to complete,…it’s scary to think people can buy similar guns without background checks at gun shows or on the internet.
Todd Rathner, a lobbyist for the National Rifle Association’s affiliate in Arizona, said Kelly’s intent to purchase was “a cheap publicity stunt.” Rathner said that such a purchase would have been a good investment, as there is high demand and higher prices for these rifles, and that a law-abiding model citizen such as Kelly, should be able to buy a gun quickly.
After Kelly’s Facebook posting, online disapproval from gun-rights supporters called out Capt. Mark Kelly on his hypocrisy.
Douglas MacKinlay, Owner and President of Diamondback Police Supply, said that his store decided it was in their best interest to terminate the gun transaction with Kelly, and posted this statement on their Facebook page:
While I support and respect Mark Kelly’s 2nd Amendment rights to purchase, possess, and use firearms in a safe and responsible manner, his recent statements to the media made it clear that his intent in purchasing the Sig Sauer M400 5.56mm rifle from us was for reasons other than for his personal use. In light of this fact, I determined that it was in my company’s best interest to terminate this transaction prior to his returning to my store to complete the Federal From 4473 and NICS background check required of Mr. Kelly before he could take possession this firearm. A full refund was sent to Mr. Kelly, via express mail, on Thursday of last week. …
Kelly and Giffords have been strongly campaigning throughout the country for expanded background checks for gun purchases, and have started a gun control advocacy group, Americans for Responsible Solutions.
The latest news reported on Kelly and Giffords’ site, was on March 21, 2013 when they both met with Senator Harry Reid before the State of the Union. Their belief is “background checks serve as the foundation for any effective gun policy.” If the goal is to cut down on gun violence, then Kelly, Giffords, and other gun control supporters are ignoring the findings of gun control studies.
Gary Kleck, a self-avowed liberal Democrat, and author of Point Blank: Guns and Violence in America, was awarded the best book on criminology in 1993 by the American Society of Criminology. Kleck might have been surprised at the result of his own research: violent crimes were reduced and prevented by firearm ownership.
A gun control study, “More Guns Equal Less Violent Crime,” by John Lott in 1996 concluded that “criminals were afraid to attack those who might be armed.” Go figure; out of 15 years of FBI files from over 3,000 counties within US, it was found that where law-abiding citizens were allowed to carry firearms, violet crime dropped.
The Brenner Brief reported on the gun control issue in January, “Dana Loesch: Women are their own first responders,” and posted a must see video on Australia’s gun grab, which did nothing to stop gun violence, but instead increased it.
As we know, the city of Chicago has some of the most stringent gun control laws in the country, yet that city has become the most dangerous in America.
When we look at Kelly, Giffords, and the other gun control maniacs, their main issue, behind the hand wringing and politicizing, is control. It is control of the people by the government. As Rush writes, “it really is that simple.” I concur.by