The title of a recently released Fox News article is “Former Rep. Giffords’ husband Mark Kelly’s purchase of rifle draws online criticism” (Web-site/URL: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/03/13/former-rep-giffords-husband-mark-kelly-purchase-rifle-ignites-online-firestorm/).
“The husband of former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords generated nearly 4,000 comments on Facebook from people on both sides of the gun debate after he posted a photo of himself buying a MILITARY-STYLE rifle — a purchase he made to demonstrate how easy it is to obtain the kind of firearms he’s lobbying Congress to ban”.
“Doug MacKinlay is the owner of Diamondback Police Supply, the shop where Kelly bought the guns. He said Kelly bought the rifle on March 5, (2013), but couldn’t immediately take possession of it because the shop had bought it from a customer. As a result, the store is required by a Tucson ordinance to hold the gun for 20 days to give the city enough time to MAKE SURE THE WEAPON WASN’T USED IN A CRIME, MacKinlay said”, which is perfectly understandable.
“MacKinlay said Kelly never revealed to the store’s staff WHY he was buying the guns and added that it would be wrong to refuse to sell a gun to someone because of their personal views”. This is exactly why many people are angry and alarmed over what Kelly did.
“He (Kelly) is a U.S. citizen, an Arizona citizen and expressing his Second Amendment right to purchase and own a firearm“. The problem is: this “Second Amendment right”, on numerous occasions, has led to MASS SHOOTINGS/SHOOTING RAMPAGES.
Finally, “Todd Rathner, a LOBBYIST for the National Rifle Association’s (NRA’s) affiliate in Arizona and a national NRA board member, questioned the point that Kelly was trying to make in buying the guns, saying A MODEL CITIZEN (?) such as Kelly SHOULD be able to buy a gun relatively quickly. He also noted that such a purchase could have been a good investment as the value of those types of weapon soars amid heightened demand from gun owners”. “IF YOU BELIEVE HIM, it’s A CHEAP PUBLICITY STUNT. If you don’t, then he was speculating on the value of the rifle because he knew the prices would be inflated“. This certainly DOES NOT sound like MARK KELLY, but then again notice that this person is a LOBBYIST and LOBBYISTS get paid for saying CRAZY/OUTRAGEOUS things.
This reinforces the HYPOCRISY involved in the gun debate. Kelly bought the same weapon he is lobbying to BAN. Although he insists that this was only for DEMONSTRATION purposes, we can certainly understand why people would be ALARMED by this. After all, KELLY’S WIFE was shot in the head by this same weapon a little over 2 years ago.