Gabby Giffords’s Husband Buys AR-15 to Make a Point, Wingnuts Seethe With Rage
In another case of poor reading comprehension or blind rage and willful ignorance, Breitbart.com and Gateway Pundit, aka “Dim” Jim Hoft, have led their readership in yet another bout of outrageous outrage. It appears that Gabby Gifford’s husband, Captain Mark Kelly has purchased an AR-15 and a 45 to make a point of some kind. We’ll soon find out why — but first, intrepid reporters AWR Hawkins & Neil McCabe from Breitbart report:
Gabby Giffords’s Husband Buys AR-15
by AWR Hawkins & Neil McCabe
March 9, 2013
Mark E. Kelly, gun-control proponent and husband to former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, recently purchased an AR-15 (an “assault weapon,” he called it)—which he now says he intended as an illustration of the need for more stringent gun laws.
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.
Busted. Gabby Giffords’ Husband Spews Anti-Assault Weapon Rhetoric Then Caught Buying an AR-15
by Jim Hoft
March 9, 2013
Former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-AZ), a victim of a mass shooting in 2011, and her husband, Mark Kelly, testified before a Congressional panel on gun control in January. Kelly told the assembled members of Congress that modern weapons
“Have turned every single corner of our society into places of carnage and gross human loss.”
Needless to say their respective readership are breathless with rage over what they’re seeing as hypocrisy. Twitter is alight with clueless Tweets by enraged “patriots” and many people who seem to lack reading comprehension skills. A continuing phenomenon.
So let’s have a look at what Captain Mark Kelly is attempting to do here…
Then he provides us with a summary:
Looks like the judiciary committee will vote on background checks next week. 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 yet but I’ll be turning it over to the Tucson PD when I do. Scary to think of people buying guns like these without a background check at a gun show or the Internet. We really need to close the gun show and private seller loop hole.
For those with reading comprehension skill or an inability to focus I’ll reformat what he’s doing as bullet points.
• Looks like the judiciary committee will vote on background checks next week.
• 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 yet but I’ll be turning it over to the Tucson PD when I do.
• Scary to think of people buying guns like these without a background check at a gun show or the Internet. We really need to close the gun show and private seller loop hole.
His point was to simply illustrate how easy it is to purchase a semi-automatic rifle, an AR-15 in this case, which he plans to turn in to the Tuscon PD.
The vitriol and anger being thrown at Captain Mark Kelly, a Navy veteran, former A-6 Intruder pilot and former NASA shuttle pilot is astonishing and repugnant. Astonishing in that even though people could disagree with him and Americans for Responsible Solutions one would think they would at least show some sympathy and understanding for his motivation after the tragedy that befell his wife and the city of Tucson.
Sadly this is not the case. I invite readers to find the craziest Tweets they can find and or comments on the Facebook link, and both the Breitbart page and the Gateway Pundit page. The Tweet searches can be found here and here. The latter is the most dripping.
One last thing. These folks are making this out as though Mark Kelly was doing something sneaky, behind everyone’s back. They’re reporting it as having been “revealed after an investigation.”
An investigation involving what? Mark Kelly posted this on his Facebook page on Friday, letting everyone in the world know about it.
— Florida Squeezed (@FLSqueezed) March 10, 2013