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Capt. Mark Kelly Doing His Part Keeping Guns Off Streets One AR-15 at a Time

by David Higginbotham,  |  published on March 12, 2013

Mark Kelly, on the afternoon of March 5, bought an AR-15 from Diamondback Police Supply in Tucson, Arizona. In addition to his impulse “assault weapon” purchase, Kelly also picked up some AR magazines and a 1911.

The fact that there was an AR-15 for sale in a gun store might deserve an article all its own, but we’ll hold off on that optimistic note. And doesn’t typically consider the purchase of a modern sporting rifle news. But let’s consider who ponied up for this weapon of mass destruction.

Capt. Mark E. Kelly, husband of former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords. Capt. Mark Kelly, co-founder of Americans For Responsible Solutions, a non-profit created to “limit the sale of high capacity magazines, which are not needed for hunting or self-defense.” Kelly, whose own website describes him as “a combat veteran [who] know[s] the power and deadliness of assault weapons and believe[s] their sale should be limited.”

Limited. Limited, apparently, to Mark Kelly. From the ARS (not to be confused with ARs, a common abbreviation for the rifles in question) website:

Assault weapons are high velocity semiautomatic rifles originally designed for the military for efficient killing of many people, but now adapted for sale to civilians. Typically, they possess features like detachable ammunition magazines, pistol grips, detachable or folding stocks, and barrel shrouds, among others, which are useful in combat. The Newtown killer used such a weapon to murder 26 kids and teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

“I served in the military for 25 years. I mean, I know the value of having an assault weapon, a gun that can kill many people, very quickly,” Kelly told Chris Wallace in a Fox News Sunday interview last month. “I personally don’t believe that we should have, you know, the average person on the street, including criminals, mentally ill and terrorists should have easy access to those weapons.”

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