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