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Mark Kelly's Gun Purchase Failed to Make a Positive Statement

Updated on March 13, 2013

Mark Kelly's Gun Purchase Labeled as Hypocritical

Reuters reported that Mark Kelly, the husband of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, purchased an AR-15 assault rifle in Tucson, Arizona.

Giffords was nearly killed after being shot in the head a few years ago. Her attempted murder was just one of the many stories of gun violence in America. Giffords and her husband, Kelly later created an organization, Americans for Responsible Solutions, to try to ban the sale of high capacity magazine rounds and semiautomatic weapons like the one that Kelly purchased.

As a result, many people now consider Kelly a hypocrite for buying a gun. Kelly said that he was only trying to make a statement and wanted to see how easy it was to buy an assault rifle. However, the fact that it is easy to purchase an assault rifle has already established.

The assault rifle that Kelly purchased has to be held for 20 days to make sure that it was not stolen or used in any crimes. After the outcery, Kelly said that he plans on giving the assault rifle to the Tucson police department.

Kelly actions are more revealing than words. Frankly, I find them disheartening because American has yet to come up with a solution to stop gun violence. Shortly after the December shooting of 20 children at Sandy Hook Elementary, President Obama appointed Vice President Joe Biden to lead a task force to stop gun violence. However, nothing that was proposed including the universal background checks will stop tragedies such as the Sandy Hook shooting from happening again.

Kelly's gun purchase proves that people who advocate for causes such as gun violence need to practice what they advocate as well as make sure they are steadfast in supporting their causes.



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      Sandra Remilien 4 years ago

      The gun store where MArk Kelly purchased the rifle cancelled his order. The order was not cancelled because he failed a background check, but rather because they felt he was undermining the right of gun owners. In the end, Mark Kelly did not make a statement at all, but I will agree that he embarassed himself.

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      rabergeronjr 4 years ago from Washington D.C. Metro Area

      I concede to your point.

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      Michael Collins 4 years ago from Lakemore, Ohio

      Common sense ain’t that common anymore

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      rabergeronjr 4 years ago from Washington D.C. Metro Area

      Yes they can and that is where logic and common sense fall out of place.

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      Sandra Remilien 4 years ago

      He did get the press that he wanted, but I never thought it would bring money to his organization. I agree The Daily Show would have made fun of him for a long time and I am sure we would laugh. It's just that when you support things like guns and the NRA, people expect you to go all out. This is where the fallout came from. I remember a petition that was started to have the U.S. government deport Piers Morgan for his stance on gun violence. People can get heated about issues like gun violence very quickly.

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      Michael Collins 4 years ago from Lakemore, Ohio

      I would think something like this was to stir the base (as in getting the fellow like minded individuals together to act). It like when someone preaches to the choir. One of my favorite lines from the West Wing was in answer to the question why do you preach to the choir. “Cause that's how you get them to sing.” This image of him buying the dangerous killer weapon will generate money for their cause as well as press. I am willing to bet that if The Daily Show was on the air this week we would have had at least two days of why this is bad and how guns are out to get you. It would be like a story on how easy it is to buy Ammonium nitrate (fertilizer) only thinking of how it can be used to make a bomb not how many farmers use it (as fertilizer).

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      rabergeronjr 4 years ago from Washington D.C. Metro Area

      I think it would have been better if Mr. Kelly would have had someone else buy the gun instead of him, like someone with a criminal past. I didn't read the Reuters report so I don't know if there was even a procedure to begin with for buying the gun. To answer the other part, I think having stronger communities that value one another as equal and strong (unified) families could also curb these things down. If you are looking for a short-term solution, then you are waisiting your time.

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      Sandra Remilien 4 years ago

      Thank you for agreeing. That is the point of my argument. A lot of people think he actually wanted to keep the gun, but decided to give it away because his gun purchase was reported to the media and that is why they are calling him a hypocrite. If the media did not report that Mark Kelly bought a gun, would he have kept it for himself or given it to the police department.

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      Michael Collins 4 years ago from Lakemore, Ohio

      As for me I am against violence (not just gun). I just think that a person legally buying a gun should not be treated like a criminal. It was a shame a nut with a gun shot his wife, but that does not mean that everyone with a gun (even what some think are assault weapons) will go out and commit a mass shooting. Also a person with a reason (even if it just the voices in his head or the dog next door telling him to) will find away.

      I defiantly agree with you that he did not need to buy the gun to prove it was easy. I bought a bag of peanuts (which is also legal) and it was easy to buy (yet peanuts are deadly to some). He should have tried to buy something illegal like pot or cocaine.

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      Sandra Remilien 4 years ago

      I never said Kelly was a hypocrite, but if Kelly did plan to or did use a gun to shoot at someone, then that would make him a hypocrite. The proposed gun legislation was not aimed at banning all guns, just military style assault rifles. Because Gabrielle Giffords is an elected official, her actions and that of her husband should be above reproach. It's like a police man arresting people for prosititution, but sleeping with prostitutes. I am opposed to gun violence and I know that it is easy to buy a gun. This is just a known fact. People do not have to buy a gun to prove or test the theory that it is easy to buy a gun!

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      Michael Collins 4 years ago from Lakemore, Ohio

      Does this mean that he will take that rifle to a school and shoot at some kids to prove how easy that is? It’s like buying a car to prove how easy it would be for a getaway driver to buy the getaway car. It’s not the gun it’s the intention of the person with that gun. Banning guns to prevent violence is like banning marriage to prevent domestic violence.

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      Sandra Remilien 4 years ago

      Mark Kelly said that he bought a gun to see how easy it is to buy a gun, but when you start an organization t stop gun violence, you don't buy guns, esp. when the fact that it's easy to buy a gun has already been widely established!

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      Neall 4 years ago from Philadelphia

      I fail to see what Kelly did wrong. He is trying to bring attention to a problem that everyone wants to pay lip service to - but no one wants to address in any meaningful way. So a firestorm ensued - at least it was words and no one was hurt. But a hypocrite? His life was turned upside down and he is doing what he can to see if he can stop it from happening to someone else. How is that a hypocrite?

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      Alberic O 4 years ago from Any Clime, Any Place

      This was an interesting article but Kelly is not the only one- Fiestein is even more of a hypocrite.

      The AR-15 Kelly bought is not an assault rifle, it is a semi automatic version and it is mechanically similar to your typical semi automatic .22 rifle. This is why the ATF doesn't classify them as such.

      Real assault rifles (you can fire burst/automatic or semi auto on the same weapon- on the AR-15 Kelly bough- you can't), automatic pistols, machine guns and submachine guns cannot be owned without a special permit from the ATF.

      Gun violence laws are not targeting the major issue as much as it should. I do agree with background checks and would like to see the following mental disorders added into the background check as well: paranoid schizophrenia, antisocial personality disorder, bipolar disorder, psychopathy and narcissistic personality disorder. If you are diagnosed with these disorders, you can't possess or buy firearms or ammunition.

      It is the criminals, not the weapons themselves. The majority of gun violence are committed by repeated felons. Do something about this and gun violence will drop significantly.

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      Justsilvie 4 years ago

      It also proves, two people can read the same information and get two different versions! Just depends on where you read it and what you want to believe!