Gabrielle Giffords' husband, Mark E. Kelly, reportedly purchased "both an AR-15 assault rifle with high-capacity magazines and a semi-automatic pistol" on Tuesday at a gun shop in Arizona.
"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 of it yet but I'll be turning it over to the Tucson PD when I do."
The couple started their own gun control group, "Americans for Responsible Solutions," which has a post on the website decrying the use of high capacity magazines, declaring "Congress should act to limit the sale of high capacity magazines, which are not needed for hunting or self-defense, but have proven very lethal." So did Kelly purchase the weapons to make a point? If so, the point is unclear, as he was required to undergo a background check.
Additionally, Mark E. Kelly told Fox News Sunday's Chris Wallace that lawmakers need to address "assault weapons." He said the purpose of an "assault weapon" is "to kill a lot of people very quickly," and he lamented that such products were "too readily available," as reported by Breitbart. The tragic shooting of Gabrielle Giffords had nothing to do with weapons (or about the "Tea Party," or even a "target map"). It had everything to do with a "paranoid schizophrenic" individual whose bizarre obsession with the former Congresswoman led him to indulge in a horrific act of violence.
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