Arizona (The Gaslamp Post) – Rising stars of the gun-control left, Astronaut Mark Kelly and his wife, former Arizona congresswoman Gabby Giffords have made their voices heard throughout the media as they lobby for what they are calling “common sense” legislation. On March 4, 2013, Kelly accompanied by his wife testified before state lawmakers in Denver, Colorado, urging lawmakers to pass mandatory “universal background checks,” to ensure that neither criminals nor the mentally ill have access to guns.
Since the mass-shooting in Tucson in 2011, during which then Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was critically wounded, both she and husband Kelly have made their way across the United States, stopping in front of every camera, hearing, and politician as they could. Their strategy has been that while stating that they support the 2nd Amendment, they insist on curtailing upon the rights of the law abiding.
In January of this year both Giffords and her husband both addressed Congress:
“Speaking is difficult, but I need to say something important. Violence is a big problem. Too many children are dying. Too many children,” she said.
Giffords ended her statement with emphasis on the timing for Congress to take action, saying, “We must do something. It will be hard but the time is now. You must act. Be bold. Be courageous. Americans are counting on you.”
…Kelly told the committee that three things must be accomplished in order to take responsibility for gun rights. The first goal would be to fix background checks for gun owners, close private sales loopholes, and tighten a federal gun trafficking statute.
The second would be to improve the collection of data in conducting research on gun violence, and the final goal should broaden a civil conversation about the firearms that are legally purchased and sold in the country.
While what has happened to former Rep. Giffords was tragic, as Americans we must always question the motives of those who wish to see a centralized and broad control of American’s rights to anything, everywhere. What exactly is meant by “we must do something?”
What “something”? Fix background checks? Close private sales loopholes? Tighten (make more) laws regarding gun trafficking?
Improve collection of data (create a database) so we can have a “civil conversation” about firearms in this country?
First of all, what is wrong with the federal NICS background check, aside from the fact that many are delayed or denied a sale due to false positives? How many deaths could have been prevented had an unarmed individual NOT been unreasonably denied by means of a false positive?
Notice how no one ever asks that question.
What do we do to “close private sales loopholes”? What the hell is a “private sales loophole” anyway? That is left-doublespeak for “find a way to make the ability of an individual to sell their own personal property to someone of their choosing illegal.”
If Kelly and Giffords had it their way, you couldn’t give a shotgun to your son on his birthday without getting the government involved. And what is the creation of yet ANOTHER database going to either fix or prevent?
He was also reported to have thrown his weight behind Colorado State SB 13-196, which would also make legitimate manufacturers of certain kinds of firearms liable and open to litigation in the event that their product is ever used for unlawful purposes.
When we see the DHS purchasing armored vehicles and yet ANOTHER 1.6B rounds of ammunition, what in the world makes one think that a government database telling them who owns what, and what went where, is a good idea? Who would that database work for?
While that’s all fine and good, take a wild guess where Mr. Kelly was spotted the very next day. If you guessed he was spotted in a GUN STORE filling out paperwork to be processed for a NICS background check, you’d be correct.
According to Neil McCabe, editor of the Guns and Patriots newsletter (h/t: Breitbart.com);
Mark E. Kelly, made purchases which included an AR-15–sometimes described as an “assault rifle”–at 3:30 pm on the afternoon of March 5 at Diamondback Police Supply, 170 S. Kolb Street, Tucson, AZ.
In addition to purchasing the widely and irrationally feared “assault weapon”, Mr. Kelly also purchased a .45 cal. semi-automatic handgun. Why he stopped there is anyone’s guess.
According to Breitbart.com, Kelly’s gun-control advocacy group was contacted the very next day by McCabe but received no response until two days later. Kelly’s group, “Americans for Responsible Solutions” contacted McCabe and told him that his communication would be passed along to the appropriate “colleagues who handle press requests.”
Withing a short time, a message was posted on Mr. Kelly’s Facebook page making the following statement:
I just had a background check a few days ago when I went to my local gun store to buy a .45. As I was leaving, I noticed a used AR-15. Bought that too. Even to buy an assault weapon, the background check only takes a matter of minutes. I don’t have possession of it yet but I’ll be turning it over to the Tucson PD when I do.
A good question to ask would be; why did Mr. Kelly wait so long to make this announcement? Was it due to the fact that he was outed, or that he had something else planned in the way of further sensationalizing his agenda?
Secondly, he made no mention of turning his purchased .45 cal. handgun in to police. Why on earth would someone in their right mind purchase an AR-15 with the intention of turning it in to police days later?
Do you have any idea how much those things are going for even in a used condition? Good luck touching one for under $1200! I remember back when you could pick one up for around $450, and that was during the AWB in the 90’s. My how times have changed.
Why didn’t Mr. Kelly take the rifle with him when he purchased it? Would it not have furthered his gun-control agenda if he could illustrate how easy it was for him to walk into a gun store and walk out with his mini-arsenal?
Truth be told, Arizona is one of 3 states which has absolutely NO waiting period for the purchase of a firearm. You walk in, pass your ATF/FBI background check, and off you go!
Geeze, you’d think if guns were the problem, Arizona would have turned into the Beirut that Chicago, Illinois (which can leave a law-abiding citizen waiting for up to 5 days AFTER their background check for their gun) has become.
Here’s the thing that these feel-good, liberal whacks will never admit; more laws aren’t going to fix a problem ever. Problems that stem from a society’s declining morals cannot be fixed by policy.
Legislating morality on a society that is immoral does nothing but create criminals; the problem will always remain. Until a society fixes itself, no one and no thing can do it for them.
History going back all the way to the Bible has shown example after example of what happens when a society starts out good but then becomes decadent and complacent. Everytime the Israelites screwed up, God answered them with the Hitites, the Moabites, the Amalekites, Canaanites, and Philistines.
Guns are not the plague upon this land, absence of morality is. Tolerance and diversity have withered away our standards and thresholds – to such an extent that what was once right is now wrong, and what was wrong is now right.
Parental discipline and guidance is now abuse and intolerance. Thrift and ability is now corruption and greed. Corruption and greed is now compassionate as long as you can push society down far enough that they beg for the crumbs thrown them…
…and we’re honestly surprised that our society is falling apart?
If Mr. Kelly, former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ husband wishes to purchase an AR-15, then so be it; that is his God-given right. But to hide his motives or use it to somehow further some ridiculous agenda is just plain stupid.
Why it is that Mr. Kelly thinks that he should have some say in what happens in the state of Colorado is beyond me, as nothing which transpires there will impact his home state. If he has a problem with the freedoms of the citizens of his state, well then by all means Mr. Kelly is free to pursue his idea of liberty elsewhere.
His personal tragedy of what happened to his beautiful wife, which was felt by many should serve as a warning to us all. A gun did not make Gabrielle it’s target, a gun did not get into a car and drive over to her open forum, and a gun did not walk up to her and pull the trigger – a sick product of our society did.
She lived, you still have her; count your blessings for you are luckier than most!
Blaming guns for violence perpetrated with a gun is only making excuses for our bad behavior. It will continue regardless of how many laws or bans are enacted.