Mark Kelly Is In an Anti-Gun Low Orbit

By Larry Keane. November 7th, 2016

A recent Bloomberg interview suggests retired NASA astronaut Captain Mark Kelly's views on guns are a little lost in space, or at least in low-earth orbit like the Space Shuttle he once flew. Now that he's not circling the earth, he has been traveling the country with his wife, former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who has been urging voters to "Fight. Fight. Fight" for gun control.

First, let me say that we can all agree that it is truly awful that Gabby Giffords became the victim of a mentally ill man. We understand and we empathize. This is an area where there should be common ground and where NSSF has lead the effort to get more appropriate mental health records into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System through our successful FixNICS effort.. But since Mark Kelly has decided to take the stage to talk about more gun control laws, his expressed views are certainly fair game for commentary.

Referring to pro-Second Amendment groups, Kelly opined that "There hasn't been any substantial organization on the other side that's calling for responsible and common sense changes to our laws to keep us safer." Let's begin with the fact that the "substantial organizations" in the form of NRA and NSSF are the ones that run the nation's true gun safety programs, notably the NRA's Eddie Eagle and the NSSF's Project ChildSafe initiatives.

What Kelly does not say, of course, is that "the other side" of which he speaks has been unanimous in calling for full use of the numerous existing laws against the criminal misuse of guns. When unpacked, the "common sense changes" he calls for in this vague way would do little to nothing to actually enhance public safety. The laws already on the books do exactly that, but they have to be enforced. ......

Kelly seems to continue to on the one hand profess support for the Second Amendment, and on the other, spread inconsistencies and obscure 'facts' - bit of a double-sided coin. His apparent enthusiasm for the "terrorist watch list" ignores the fact that not only is due process lacking but, probably the majority of names on such a list are not terrorists at all - it is potentially just another 'gun control' measure. Kelly is one of many who considers 'common sense changes' as the utopian answer to violence - in fact they are a useless scheme with no hope of enhancing public safety, as well as being an easy excuse for more control.

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