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Mark Kelly Directly Confronts NRA's Wayne LaPierre (VIDEO)


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Carrie
- 540 days ago - washingtonpost.com
Former astronaut Mark Kelly, husband of former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), directly confronted National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre during Wednesday's Senate hearing on gun violence.



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Kit B. (277)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 3:43 pm

This whole thing is lunacy, no one is taking anyone's guns. We must do something to control this total lack of public safety. Can we no longer have a real conversation in this country without stupid arguments?
 

Angelika R. (146)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 4:32 pm
It was so emotional to see Gabby appear in the Senate and reading off her statement with great effort to speak-
and how sickening Graham Lindsey's idea to actually BRING IN guns for the debate-glad that was prohibited!
 

Carol H. (229)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 5:13 pm
thanks Carrie, noted
 

Betsy Bee (1045)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 5:58 pm
Yes. We have to stand up to him toe to toe. Gabby is a most emotional issue for us here in Arizona.
 

Lynn Squance (226)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 6:07 pm
Listening to the rhetoric, from the outside, I can see people elsewhere thinking that the US is like the world of Bonnie and Clyde . . . everybody walking around with weapons. Public safety has to come first. If the gun users in the video on Tom Cat's blog are your average American gun owner, and I don't think they are but there are too many of these kinds of people, then God help America.

http://www.politicsplus.org/blog/2013/01/30/open-thread1292013/

Gun Fails: A Comprehensive Collection To Commemorate 'Gun Appreciation' Day

And somebody said that Lindsey Graham was a southern gentleman. More like the south end of an elephant facing north!
 

Mitchell D. (129)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 7:02 pm
Good for him. I only wish he had taken the opportunity to state the obvious, that the NRA is in it only for the money it brings to the arms industry, not for the 2nd amendment.
 

JL A. (272)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 8:57 pm
The National Rifle Association should have stuck with original mission of providing gun safety training--the country needs that more than where their resources are now going and it shouldn't have taken Kelly to set them straight.
 

pam w. (191)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 9:35 pm
He's the kind of man who makes you proud!
 

Jane Mckenzie (20)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 12:04 am
I do not understand the attitude towards guns. People use them to kill other people or animals. I just don't understand why any 'civilised' country allows/encourages hunting of wild animlas for pleasue or as sport.
 

Giana Peranio-Paz (378)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 12:50 am
Sorrowful situation...
 

Jaime A. (32)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 1:28 am
Noted.
 

Devon Leonard (54)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 2:06 am
It was good, heartwarming actually to see Gabby testify... She is an amazing woman and I can only hope that her statements and those of her husbands, and many others will have a profound impact on all the congressmen and senators ......at least some of them anyway, enough to make a difference!!!
 

Matthew P. (0)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 5:19 am
Gabby was powerful and Mark was direct and on point. La Pierre and the NRA represent the GUN COMPANIES and the LUNATIC FRINGE part of the gun owning public NOT the vast majority of gun owners and even NRA members. The Republicans NEED to start reading the polls that show this, stop fearing the NRA lobby, and pass a new stronger assault weapons ban and background checks for anyone, anywhere, buying a gun.
 

Kenneth L. (314)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 6:22 am
From what I understand back in the mid '70's the NRA board members wanted to return to being a hunting and sportsman's club focusing on marksmanship like it was originally created for, a hundred years earlier. But a certain Harlon Carter rejected the idea and instead pushed the NRA into a political 'gun rights' and 2nd amendment entity, which it has been ever since.

meetthenra.org

(In 1975, Carter was asked if he would “rather allow those convicted violent felons, mentally deranged people, violently addicted to narcotics people to have guns, rather than to have the screening process?”
An opponent of the 1968 Gun Control Act—which created categories of prohibited firearms purchasers—Carter responded that arming dangerous individuals was “a price we pay for freedom.”)

Can someone be an antisocial psychotic and still be in a leadership position of an organization?

 

Kenneth L. (314)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 6:27 am
Regarding the beginning of the NRA----"Dismayed by the lack of marksmanship shown by their troops, Union veterans Col. William C. Church and Gen. George Wingate formed the National Rifle Association in 1871. The primary goal of the association would be to "promote and encourage rifle shooting on a scientific basis," according to a magazine editorial written by Church."
Doesn't sound like having anything to do with 'gun rights' or the 2nd amendment.
 

John B. (215)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 8:08 am
Thanks Carrie for the post and link to the video. Kudos to Gabby and Mark for their passionate testimony. Thanks to Kenneth L. for his accurate history of the NRA's founders and when the NRA's mission changed from promoting marksmanship to being a lobbyist got gun manufactures. Viewed and noted.
 

Gene Jacobson (244)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 9:50 am
It was wonderful to see the powerful arguments made in that video. It is true that criminals will not be subject to background checks as they buy or steal their weapons now. But there are laws to deal with them. Background checks may help, I believe they will help, prevent domestic murders or murder-suicides which would not happen had there not been a gun in the household. Anyone guilty of a long list of crimes ought never be allowed to purchase a weapon, the mentally ill and/or unstable ought not be allowed to purchase a weapon, those names must be added to the database. We will never prevent all gun violence in this country but we can prevent a lot of it on our way to becoming a civilized place. It should be to our national shame that we stand atop the world as the bloodiest nation on earth, the "wild west" image other nations have of us is not all that far off in our history nor in our present. It is true that people kill people, but when the weapon of choice is a gun, not having them so readily, easily available is a step toward prevention of murder most foul. The truth is most murders are not committed with knives or other instruments but with guns; that we can and should do something about.

We HAVE a well regulated militia, our National Guard, and a whole lot of cowboys who think they are the militia when what they are in truth is potential killers or victims. This needn't happen, we can reverse this unholy trend and we should. For the sake of the 309 million of us who are NOT NRA members. That such a tiny percentage (barely 1% and even most of that number support greater controls) of our citizenry is responsible for so much bloodshed is insane. Why we accord them so much power is inexplicable, they are a tiny percentage and any politician so afraid of 1% of his/her constituency isn't brave enough to BE a political leader. They should be leading on this issue, not genuflecting to the NRA.
 

Chris C. (146)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 11:03 am
I saw Mark Kelly on cSpan...here it was, the STRONG TRUTH, from a gun owner! There CAN be common sense gun control without disturbing the 2nd Amendment. As for that, I understand it for when it was written...I certainly do NOT understand it now. It was written for a MUCH different time and needs to be amended, just like all other "dinosaur" rules and regs!
 

Winn Adams (190)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 12:48 pm
I applaud his efforts!
 

Bill K. (23)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 1:26 pm
of course criminals won't abide by the new laws. that's what makes them criminals. so by that logic what's the point of any laws. laws make it more difficult for criminals to break the laws and provides a way for dealing with them when they do. that's why we need laws.
 

jan b. (3)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 1:38 pm
The Wild West is distinctly American in the eyes of other countries A wonder any tourist wants to come here reading about our mass murders and how there are 300 million guns in ownership and that's not our military.
 

David C. (29)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 4:15 pm
I just got back from a trip to see my son, did I feel save, no --- when you hear people at a gen show, asking if this weapon will kill a person, if I need to use it!
 

Arlene Mary Baladi (40)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 5:12 pm
Hooray for Mr. Kelly!
 

Jason S. (57)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 6:19 pm
good posting, thanks
 

Lois Jordan (55)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 12:33 pm
As one of Gabby's former constituents, I was very glad to see this.
 
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