Friday, April 12, 2013

Gabrielle Gifford's husband likes to shoot his gun

Copied VERBATIM from a story published April 9th (three days ago) in "The Hill", a news journal that focuses on Capitol Hill politics.

A video is included, lasting just under three minutes, showing him shooting at clay flowerpots and plastic water bottles with a 9mm Glock that has a 17-round clip.  He originally bought it as a gift for her.  He says so in the video.

Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) sometimes watches her husband shoot guns recreationally.

CNN released a taped interview with Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, where Kelly is shown shooting a Glock 9 millimeter handgun at pots and bottles while Giffords watches on a patio at her mother's house in Arizona.

The Glock 9 millimeter is the same gun that was used in the shooting massacre in Tucson, Arizona in early 2011 where Giffords suffered a gunshot wound to the head.

Kelly notes that the Glock he fires recreationally holds 17 rounds while the one used in Tucson held 33 rounds.

Kelly and Giffords have become some of the most prominent proponents of strengthening gun laws. They run the group Americans for Responsible Solutions which advocates policies meant to reduce gun violence.

Americans for Responsible Solutions recently released a video of Kelly buying a Sig Sauer .45 in Tucson, Arizona. The video argued that it's currently too easy to buy a gun.

President Obama has urged Congress to pass new gun laws. On Monday Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced that he would block a package of gun-control measures Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) hopes to bring to the Senate.

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If Gabrielle Gifford's husband can buy and use a firearm and ammo for it, and if he tells the rest of the country that we have no right to buy and use a firearm and ammo for it, then he's either a dictator or a hypocrite.

Either way, the National Rifle Association is right and he's wrong.