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Giffords's husband rips NRA for defiance in response to killings
thehill.com ^ | December 21, 2012 | Sterling C. Beard

Posted on 12/21/2012 6:47:10 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe

The husband of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords ripped the National Rifle Association (NRA) on Friday for a press conference that defied “common sense” and defended “extreme pro-gun positions.”

“Gabby and I are extremely disappointed by the NRA's defiant and delayed response to the massacre of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School,” Mark Kelly said in a statement.

“The NRA could have chosen to be a voice for the vast majority of its own members who want common-sense, reasonable safeguards on deadly firearms, but instead it chose to defend extreme pro-gun positions that aren't even popular among the law-abiding gun owners it represents.”

Giffords nearly died in January 2011 after a lone gunman opened fire on an event the congresswoman was holding to meet with constituents. Six people were killed in the shooting, including a federal judge.

The assassination attempt by Jared Loughner is one of a string of mass shootings over the last few years. The latest occurred last week in Newtown, Conn., where 26 people — including 20 6- and 7-year-olds — were killed by another lone gunman.

Kelly spoke out after a press conference by NRA President Wayne LaPierre, which broke a weeklong silence by the group.

LaPierre called for a national program to put armed guards in every school around the country, arguing “the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”

LaPierre also criticized gun-free school zones, saying that they indicated to “every insane killer in America” that they could safely inflict “maximum mayhem with minimum risk.”

The presser, which Kelly described as a “defiant and delayed response,” received immediate heat from Democrats on Twitter, and reaction from liberals like New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) has been overwhelmingly negative.

Kelly was in Beijing on the day of the Sandy Hook shooting, but posted that the victims of mass shootings “deserve leaders who have the courage to participate in a meaningful discussion about our gun laws — and how they can be reformed and better enforced to prevent gun violence and death in America.”


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1 posted on 12/21/2012 6:47:15 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe
“The NRA could have chosen to be a voice for the vast majority of its own members who want common-sense, reasonable safeguards on deadly firearms, but instead it chose to defend extreme pro-gun positions that aren't even popular among the law-abiding gun owners it represents.”

Bull Crap statement!

2 posted on 12/21/2012 6:51:22 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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3 posted on 12/21/2012 6:52:21 PM PST by narses
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Liberals always put their political agenda ahead of freedom.


4 posted on 12/21/2012 6:53:09 PM PST by StraightDave (.)
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5 posted on 12/21/2012 6:53:10 PM PST by narses
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To: Red_Devil 232

Yes, he’s talking out his rear end


6 posted on 12/21/2012 6:53:58 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Astronaut or not all I have to say to this clown is...show us *your* firearm collection,pal!


7 posted on 12/21/2012 6:53:58 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (When Robbing Peter To Pay Paul,One Can Always Count On Paul's Cooperation)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

>>The NRA could have chosen to be a voice for the vast majority of its own members who want common-sense, reasonable safeguards on deadly firearms

100% of the NRA members I know (which is almost everyone I know) want criminals punished, crazy people treated, and guns on the hip of every law-abiding citizen who wants to carry one.


8 posted on 12/21/2012 6:54:25 PM PST by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Mark Kelly

Mark, I'm really disappointed to find out you are just another ignorant, blithering idiot.

9 posted on 12/21/2012 6:55:32 PM PST by Alaska Wolf (Carry a Gun, It's a Lighter Burden Than Regret)
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To: Red Steel

While hiding behind his wife.


10 posted on 12/21/2012 6:56:50 PM PST by Arm_Bears (Ted Kennedy's Oldsmobile has killed more people than my guns.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

“Gabby and I are extremely disappointed by the NRA’s defiant and delayed response to the massacre of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School,” Mark Kelly said in a statement.”

Does it look like I give a F*** what you think. The Bolsheviks are trotting everybody out now to shill for them.


11 posted on 12/21/2012 6:59:50 PM PST by Stormdog (A rifle transforms one from subject to Citizen)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Astronaut or not, this guy is an embarrassment every time he opens his mouth. I’m sorry for his wife’s injuries, but she was also an embarrassment. Her only memorable moment in congress when when she tried to make a grandstand play for a media soundbite by asking Gen. David Patreus (during his testimony before the house) what he was doing to reduce the carbon footprint of the army in Afghanistan.


12 posted on 12/21/2012 6:59:58 PM PST by Baynative
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To: Tailgunner Joe

And did this jackass rip the media, Pelosi and Pals who tried to blame Rush, talk radio. Palin etc?

Funny how people were to blame in his instance, but guns are somehow the problem here.

What a loser.


13 posted on 12/21/2012 7:00:19 PM PST by A_Former_Democrat (Elections do have consequences, young people of America)
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To: Alaska Wolf

Which astronaut that has spoken out on anything political hasn’t been a blithering leftard? Starting with john glenn


14 posted on 12/21/2012 7:02:00 PM PST by MestaMachine (It's the !!!!TREASON!!!!, stupid!)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Mark Kelly is an active astronaut with NASA. He should be relieved
of his duty immediately.


15 posted on 12/21/2012 7:02:00 PM PST by tennmountainman
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To: Tailgunner Joe
delayed response...

Yeah, how stupid to wait for the authorities to do a thorough investigation before invoking politics(including code pink)into the discussion.

16 posted on 12/21/2012 7:02:42 PM PST by RckyRaCoCo (I prefer liberty with danger to peace with slavery, IXNAY THE TSA!)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Too bad someone in the crowd didn’t have a CCW.

Perhaps they could have taken out Loughner before he got to the rep.

We have tried Firearms Prohibition.

It has not worked.

What the left has proven is that if you are unarmed, you are defenseless, and if you are defenseless, you are very likely to be a victim. Time and time again we have proven that law enforcement is not there to prevent violent crime but to draw chalk outlines of the victims.

It is time to allow schools to hire armed security if they so choose or to allow principals and teachers who want to undergo training and certification in firearms to do do and carry if they so desire.


17 posted on 12/21/2012 7:03:43 PM PST by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Prepare for survival.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
In 2000 Bill Clinton Wanted Cops in Schools Because of Columbine
18 posted on 12/21/2012 7:04:11 PM PST by opentalk
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To: Arm_Bears

I don’t think he plans on hiding behind his wife.

I think he plans on pimping her the way Sarah Brady pimped her husband.

These libs are nauseating.


19 posted on 12/21/2012 7:05:30 PM PST by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Prepare for survival.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

I will defend my extreme pro-gun stance with my life,you commie cowards.


20 posted on 12/21/2012 7:07:48 PM PST by Quickgun (I came here screaming and covered in someone else's blood. I can go out that way if I have to)
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To: Ghost of Philip Marlowe

Bingo
We face he winning post if the night !
You called it !
Read the comments at this left wing rag !
People are ticked off at the left and the gun grabbers at this dem
Party website !


21 posted on 12/21/2012 7:10:08 PM PST by ncalburt (Axelrod Psych OPS has gone to 24/7 non stop - "The election is over " status until Nov)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

With a limited 10 round mag, Giffords would have been still been shot, Judge roll killed and others still killed and injured.

It has always been about handguns. Assault rifles was just a decoy to try and get their anti-gun foot in the door.

Once they get a ban on AWs then they will use the same reasons to go after handguns.

John Kennedy killed with a 5 shot bolt action rifle.

Bobby Kennedy killed with a .22 Iver Johnson Cadet revolver.

George Wallace wounded with a 5 shot Charter Arms .38spl.

Gerald Ford attacked with a 7 shot 1911 semi auto.

Edmond OK post office with two National Guard 7 shot 1911 pistols.

Ronald Reagan and Jim Brady shot with an RG-14 .22 pistol.

Ronald Gene Simmons killed his family and neighbors...H&R .22 revolver and a Ruger .22 revolver. Aslo used a strangling cord and two hammers.

What do they all have in common? NONE over 9 rounds, yet after each one came a cry of panic to ban them.

THEY ARE NEXT!


22 posted on 12/21/2012 7:10:30 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (REOPEN THE CLOSED MENTAL INSTITUTIONS! Damn the ACLU!)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
So, Giffords current husband doesn't believe that when it comes to children, safety first.

He'd leave those little ones out there undefended cowering in corners of their classrooms as a mad dog killer wandered about firing at them.

What a nutball he turns out to be!

23 posted on 12/21/2012 7:13:39 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: Tailgunner Joe
This is not now, nor has ever been about the safety of the children.

The extreme left wants people control, not gun control. Obummer has shown in his first term that he wanted a lot of dead people so he could take away guns. He had Holder run guns over the southern border to the drug gangs knowing they would be traced to the US giving holder the chance to go after the 2nd. This backfired and if the press weren’t all on their knees for the Won, it could have been bad for the administration.

When schools were made into victim disarmament zones it was known that kids would die. But you can't make an omelet without breaking eggs.

Now we are going to have a meaningful discussion in this country. I've caughrt some of the media's stories and they have all come from the white hut talking points.

I am afraid, very very afraid that the “0” wants a civil war so he can end the right wing once and for all. I know many gun owners, and they will not register nor give up any more of their rights or property.

Nuf said.

24 posted on 12/21/2012 7:13:44 PM PST by Big Mack (I didn't claw my way to the top of the food chain to eat VEGETABLES!)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Mark, where’s the outrage against the Jihadis that are killing scores of people?


25 posted on 12/21/2012 7:19:30 PM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

He’s complaining that the other guys views are unpopular ?
Whats right is defined by its popularity ?


26 posted on 12/21/2012 7:20:06 PM PST by buwaya
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband are stained with the blood of the Sandy Hook massacre along with everyone else who seeks to criminalize self defense.

Shame on you Rep. Gabrielle Giffords!


27 posted on 12/21/2012 7:20:53 PM PST by TheDon (Criminalizing self defense contributed to the Sandy Hook massacre.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

I want common sense laws against murdering, totalitarian, leftist governments which have historically killed more of their own citizens than all wars in the last 100 years. These two tyrant supporters don’t think this way. There is only one way to spell stupid unless it is really evil.


28 posted on 12/21/2012 7:24:52 PM PST by MtnClimber (I did not vote for 0bama, someone else did that!)
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To: Ghost of Philip Marlowe

Sorry my iPhone keeps respelling my comments !
Your comments were correct .


29 posted on 12/21/2012 7:26:25 PM PST by ncalburt (Axelrod Psych OPS has gone to 24/7 non stop - "The election is over " status until Nov)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Go to hell, Mark.


30 posted on 12/21/2012 7:31:51 PM PST by Psycho_Bunny (Thought Puzzle: Describe Islam without using the phrase "mental disorder" more than four times.)
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To: RckyRaCoCo

The NRA had absolutely no obligation to respond to Sandyhook, in fact, they shouldn’t have because this is the kind of crap we get from liberals. Frankly, I am a little over these two and their martyrdom. As I recall, Giffords propped herself up as a pro 2nd amendment Democrat, or was that just to get elected?


31 posted on 12/21/2012 7:32:15 PM PST by Toespi
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Jared Loughner bought his gun legally. Plenty of people knew he was a nut job, including the local sheriff (Dupnik), but they did nothing about it. I think Loughner’s mother worked for the city and knew the sheriff, which may have helped to keep him off the radar.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2654389/posts


32 posted on 12/21/2012 7:36:02 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: MestaMachine
Yep, John Glenn turned out to be quite a retard.
I wonder what the official spokesperson for the astronaut community has to say on this issue?


33 posted on 12/21/2012 7:38:26 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Tailgunner Joe
feh...
34 posted on 12/21/2012 7:53:58 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Someone has promised the astronaut another flight, maybe, if he plays along with the administration...bet on it.


35 posted on 12/21/2012 8:19:18 PM PST by Mamzelle
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response to the massacre of 20 children

However, Mark and Gabrielle Kelly are supporters of infanticide in the womb.

36 posted on 12/21/2012 8:23:55 PM PST by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro can't pass E-verify)
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To: tennmountainman
Mark Kelly is an active astronaut with NASA.

Kelly retired from NASA on 1 October 2011.

37 posted on 12/21/2012 8:27:52 PM PST by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro can't pass E-verify)
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To: Big Mack

There are many, many more weapons (guns) in this country than the population! It ain’t just one pistol or rifle per person!

Go ahead and try to take them away!


38 posted on 12/21/2012 8:29:39 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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Hey Astroturf,

What if the Conservative Federal judge Loughner murdered that day was carrying a semi...


39 posted on 12/21/2012 8:30:15 PM PST by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

This guy happily flew a ship with a 40% lifetime catastrophic (unsurvivable) loss rate, and he wants to ban a product where only a tiny fraction of a percent ever cause harm due to misuse?

His understanding and calculation of risk are way off.


40 posted on 12/21/2012 8:48:43 PM PST by Turbopilot (iumop ap!sdn w,I 'aw dlaH)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Ahem. **CAPTAIN** Kelly, USN. You are in violation of your oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States, and are, in fact, a domestic enemy thereof.

I fully expect an IMMEDIATE resignation of your commission, and no retirement. . . .


41 posted on 12/21/2012 8:49:07 PM PST by Salgak (Acme Lasers presents: The Energizer Border. I **DARE** you to cross it. . . .)
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To: Lancey Howard

“I wonder what the official spokesperson for the astronaut community has to say on this issue?”

That depends.


42 posted on 12/21/2012 8:49:56 PM PST by MestaMachine (It's the !!!!TREASON!!!!, stupid!)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

The elephant in the room that nobody seems to want to look at is that many of these young male murderers were on anti-depressants whose manufacturers even admit that suicidal or violent thoughts are one of the side effects.


43 posted on 12/21/2012 8:54:06 PM PST by Lizavetta (You get what you tolerate)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Mark Kelly may have an opinion on the NRA press release, but I doubt his wife Gabby does. Since she was shot in the head, her thinking on matters is mainly on liking vanilla pudding over chocolate or whether she is feeling chilly.


44 posted on 12/21/2012 9:14:50 PM PST by RicocheT (Eat the rich only if you're certain it's your last meal)
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To: RicocheT

This guy Kelly is a LIB moonbat. Also...”Gabby” is so irrelevent.


45 posted on 12/21/2012 9:23:16 PM PST by ogen hal (First amendment or reeducation camp?)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

You need to know that Loughner was stopped by a CCW holder..which makes their statements even more ridiculous...she wouldn’t be breathing today if it wasn’t for private gun ownership.


46 posted on 12/21/2012 9:29:20 PM PST by willyd (Don't shoot, we're Republicans!)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Saw an interview with this moron where he said that he and Giffords were still waiting for an apology from Sarah Palin.


47 posted on 12/21/2012 9:32:50 PM PST by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux)
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To: A_Former_Democrat

Don’t be surprised if he runs for his wife’s seat.


48 posted on 12/21/2012 9:41:04 PM PST by cradle of freedom (Long live the Republic !)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

All activist democrats are pretending to be the voice of “smart” in regards to banning self defense.

These are the smart ones who make gun free zones where people who have obtained guns illegaly can safely walk in and mass murder children in school.

I think we have heard enough from them and given them enough American blood to try out their well intentioned, but demented Utopian ideology.

Guns are banned in Mexico and our government ran guns into Mexico to cartels. There are piles of bodies - people who could not defend themselves - all the time.

Enough of the Stupids who think they are sooooo Smart.


49 posted on 12/21/2012 9:51:30 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: RckyRaCoCo

“...how stupid to wait for the authorities to do a thorough investigation before invoking politics...”

*Some* didn’t even wait for the bodies to be removed from the school before beginning their political screeds. I thought it was shameful. Let these families bury their children/wives/mothers in peace.


50 posted on 12/21/2012 10:00:54 PM PST by EDINVA
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