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Mark Kelly On Fox Presses For Background Checks: ‘This Isn’t About The Second Amendment Anymore’
mediaite.com ^ | February 4, 2013 | Meenal Vamburkar

Posted on 02/03/2013 1:31:34 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe

Mark Kelly, husband of former Rep. Gabby Giffords, spoke to Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday this week, reiterating his support for universal background checks and responding to the NRA’s anti-gun control arguments. Simply put, Kelly said, less people would die due to gun violence if the legislation were put in place.

Wallace looked to the example of Jared Loughner, the gunman who opened fire in Arizona, killing and injuring many, including Giffords. He passed a background check, Wallace noted.

Loughner clearly was mentally ill, Kelly said — and if his condition was entered into the background check system, presumably he would not pass. Arizona, he said, hadn’t entered 121,000 records into the system, and that could certainly make a difference given that 1.7 million have been rejected since 1999.

Wallace further asked what difference a limit a restriction on high-capacity magazines would be make. Kelly replied that it does matter, because the time spent reloading is time for others to restrain the person.

Next on the list was the controversial assault weapons ban, which the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre vehemently opposes. Previously, LaPierre has said, the ban didn’t work, so it’s not necessary now.

“I don’t know if it worked or not,” Kelly said. “I haven’t at all the statistics. Common sense tells me that if it is much more difficult for criminals and the mentally ill to get assault weapons and high-capacity magazines and guns in general, we will save lives.”

Having served in the military, Kelly said he knows the value of assault weapons — in when used in mass shootings, more people die. He did agree with LaPierre that many gun laws need to be better enforced, but also asserted the need to close the gun show/private seller loopholes.

“This isn’t about the Second Amendment anymore,” Kelly said. “This is about public safety.”

There isn’t sufficient legislation, he continued, leading Wallace to point out the NRA’s political clout and ask how much, realistically, can be achieved on the gun control front.

Both sides of the aisle agree we need to do something, he said. It’s not going to be easy, but we need “common sense” answers. “I know the value of an assault weapon, and it’s to kill a lot of people very quickly,” Kelly added.

Asked for his message, “man to man,” to LaPierre (who was on in the next segment), Kelly said: He’ll say background checks don’t work, but that’s not true.

“I hope Mr. LaPierre can think about what would his members want,” he said. “Seventy-four percent of NRA members think it is a very reasonable thing to do to have a background check before buying a gun. … I hope he would listen to his membership because members of the NRA tend to be very reasonable on this issue.”


TOPICS: News/Current Events
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To: Tailgunner Joe
This Isn’t About The Second Amendment Anymore

Excuse me Mr Kelly...but yes it is.

If your wife (and why isn't her last name Kelly?) and her entourage had been properly equipped with modern semiautomatic weapons, it is very likely that she wouldn't have been shot in the head, that several other innocent bystanders would still be alive...

...and Loughner would properly have been turned into hamburger.

51 posted on 02/03/2013 5:06:36 PM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate Republicans Freed the Slaves Month)
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To: Gandalf_The_Gray

Mental health records don’t mean squat when the local Sheriff whitewashes the perps background.


52 posted on 02/03/2013 5:24:44 PM PST by Old Flat Toad (Pima County, home of the single vehicle accident with 40 victims.)
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To: slouper

You bet.


53 posted on 02/03/2013 5:55:17 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

It’s always about the second amendment and property rights.

I should have the ability to gift my weapon to a relative or leave em to my heirs without incurring additional costs to Keep and Bear Arms.

FO and get yer head screwed on straight ....


54 posted on 02/03/2013 5:59:36 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Simply put, Kelly said, less people would die due to gun violence if the legislation were put in place.


This sort of thinking is intellectually bankrupt.

Less people would die if we made driving illegal too. It doesn’t mean it’s a good idea. Life is risk. And the freer the life, the greater the risk. This generation seems to have forgotten that.

I don’t want to live in a nice safe cage.


55 posted on 02/03/2013 6:56:42 PM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

I watched Wallace this morning when he interviewed Wayne LaPierre. He was VERY rude and interruptive. What on earth is happening to Fox?


56 posted on 02/03/2013 7:09:00 PM PST by lu shissler (an take his naiv)
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To: lu shissler

Wallace is a lefty, he just tries to hide it a bit.


57 posted on 02/03/2013 7:19:56 PM PST by DAC21
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To: lu shissler

I encourage those that did not watch the segment w/ LaPierre to do so (or read the transcript).

LaPierre was never combative or evasive. Wallace treated LaPierre like a hostile witness.

http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/fox-news-sunday-chris-wallace/2013/02/03/capt-mark-kelly-wayne-lapierre-chances-compromise-gun-control-debate

WALLACE: Mr. LaPierre, do you regret putting up that ad?

LAPIERRE: The point of ad was this — it wasn’t picking on the president’s kids. The president not —

WALLACE: It mentions them.

LAPIERRE: The president’s kids are safe and we are thankful for it. The point of that ad —

WALLACE: They also face a threat that most children do not face.

LAPIERRE: Tell that to people in Newtown. Tell that to people —

WALLACE: Do you really think the president’s children are the same kind of target as every school child in America? That’s ridiculous and you know it, sir.


58 posted on 02/03/2013 7:36:28 PM PST by tnvol01 ("...answering that question w/ specificity uh, you know, is, is, uh above my pay grade.")
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To: tnvol01

Wallace is an effete elite fool.

ALL are equal, and all children deserve the same level of guards.

because of the MSM, and the fact all “news” flows through NYC, NYC should be a quarantene zone.


59 posted on 02/03/2013 7:40:35 PM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: longtermmemmory

60 posted on 02/03/2013 7:44:55 PM PST by timestax (AMERICAN MEDIA= DOMESTIC ENEMY)
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To: tnvol01

Glad I don’t have a TV.


61 posted on 02/03/2013 7:46:17 PM PST by fattigermaster
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To: fattigermaster
The only thing Wallace forgot to do was borrow David Gregory's 30 round magazine & wave it around on national television (while simultaneously asking LaPierre what product he uses to keep all of that blood off his hands).
62 posted on 02/03/2013 8:05:25 PM PST by tnvol01 ("...answering that question w/ specificity uh, you know, is, is, uh above my pay grade.")
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To: nascarnation

“Has this guy been a lifelong Baraqqi, or just fall into the trap after hooking up with a Dem chick in 07?”

I guess not all astronauts aren’t as smart as we assume them to be....


63 posted on 02/03/2013 8:13:44 PM PST by Road Glide
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To: Road Glide

My guess is he’s an opportunist.
The space program is dead and he’s older anyway.

It looks like he’s on the payroll with Elon Musk.
And rumored to be running for political office.
Probably following the money and power more than the ideology.


64 posted on 02/04/2013 8:23:05 AM PST by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

It is interesting to me that liberals fight like heck AGAINST id for voting, getting into this country, and a host of other things.

But want backgrounds test and pyschological tests for gun owners.

Any test for a gun owner should be required of voters.


65 posted on 02/04/2013 8:27:16 AM PST by TheThirdRuffian (RINOS like Romney, McCain, Dole are sure losers. No more!)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

LIberals/Communists complained about the McCarthy days of background checks on people excercising their 1st Amendment rights, yet, they demand the same for the 2nd Amendment.


66 posted on 02/04/2013 1:46:49 PM PST by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

LIberals/Communists complained about the McCarthy days of background checks on people excercising their 1st Amendment rights, yet, they demand the same for the 2nd Amendment.


67 posted on 02/04/2013 1:46:49 PM PST by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

What a dick.


68 posted on 02/04/2013 1:56:58 PM PST by Fledermaus (I'm done with the GOP. Let them wither and die. Let's start over.)
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