I never found Americans for Responsible Solutions, the anti-gun group founded by former congresswoman Gabbie Giffords and her unemployed astronaut husband Mark Kelly, remotely credible.
They were both seen as very pro-gun until Giffords was shot in an an assassination attempt, and their anti-gun organization always struck me as a cynical and contrived money-making gimmick to dupe left-wing foundations out of grant money. Today, that seems to be even more the case, as Kelly was busted wagging his finger at gun owners with one hand, while filling out a 4473 with the other:
Kelly reportedly bought the AR-15 and a 1911-style semi-automatic pistol at a gun store in Tucson, Arizona.
Breitbart News received a tip on this when Neil McCabe, editor of Guns & Patriots newsletter, contacted us on March 7 and said:
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.
According to McCabe, witnesses to the purchases claimed Kelly purchased “high capacity” magazines as well.
On March 6, McCabe contacted Kelly’s gun control group–“Americans for Responsible Solutions”–and on March 8 they replied that his message had been passed on to colleagues who handle press requests. Breitbart News then began investigating the details surrounding the purchase, including visiting the gun store.
Suddenly, Kelly announced on his Facebook page that he was not going to keep the AR-15, which he has yet to pick up from the store.
Days after making the purchases, Kelly wrote on Facebook:
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.
Testifying to the Senate Judiciary Committee Jan. 30, Kelly had urged senators to restrict sales firearms based on their lethality–a common refrain with other witnesses that day, who argued that semi-automatic weapons, which chamber subsequent rounds as bullets are fired, and other guns with military-style features level the playing field against law enforcement.
It seems rather obvious that Kelly wanted the AR-15 and standard-capacity magazines for himself, and didn’t think anyone at the gun store would recognize who he was, or call him on his hypocrisy. It was only well after the fact, and after he was called out by the media, that the duplicitous Kelly began trying to weave together a weak cover story.
What a dishonorable man.