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Husband of Gabrielle Giffords buys an AR-15

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By Doug Powers  •  March 10, 2013 01:23 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

While reading this keep in mind that Kelly has been saying that the purpose of an “assault weapon” (definitions vary) is to “kill a lot of people, very quickly.”

From Breitbart News:

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 Diamondback Police Supply in Tucson, Arizona.

Various sources contacted Breitbart News once Kelly made the purchase, and after we began investigating the details surrounding the purchase, Kelly announced on his Facebook that he was not going to keep the AR-15, which he has yet to pick up from the store.

Days after the purchase and after the news became public, Kelly said he bought the AR-15 to prove that it’s too easy and the background check process is insufficient. However, Kelly’s background was checked (which is also presumably why he couldn’t take the gun home that day), so it’s difficult to understand how his point was made. All Kelly did was prove that an American no criminal record can pass a background check. It seems as if a person intent on exposing any deficiencies in the existing background check system would have found somebody with a record and had that person go through the purchase process to see what happened.

Kelly is now saying that when he takes possession of the AR-15 he’ll be turning it over to the Tucson police, which was his plan ever since… well, at least ever since he found out he was spotted buying an AR-15.

So — hypocrisy, or a really ill-conceived one-man sting operation? You be the judge.

Why didn’t Kelly just follow the advice of Joe Biden? Probably because Kelly is an astronaut, and Joe’s no rocket scientist.

**Written by Doug Powers

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