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Where Does He Stand? Arizona’s Mark Kelly Has Gone MIA On Gun Rights

He’s avoiding policy answers on guns.

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Mark Kelly, the Democratic challenger for Arizona’s Senate seat, has a respectable lead against incumbent Republican Senator Martha McSally, according to a number of polls.

McSally is viewed as an ineffective legislator by many grassroots conservatives and her campaign has been flaccid to say the least.

Given these circumstances, Democrats could end up picking up this seat in 2020. In the case that Arizona’s Senate seat flips, Arizona voters have the right to know about the full extent of Kelly’s track record.

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On the issue of the Second Amendment, Kelly’s statements have been relatively vague. He talks a lot about “gun safety” but doesn’t offer much in terms of specifics. Above all, he hasn’t called for so-called “assault weapons” bans which Democrat presidential Joe Biden supports.

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There are legitimate question marks about Kelly’s legislative intentions regarding the Second Amendment. After all, he is the husband of Gabby Giffords, a former congresswoman who was victim of an assassination attempt in 2012. Since then, she helped form Giffords, one of the fastest growing civilian disarmament lobbies in the country.

Kelly’s website gives a brief overview of his gun control positions:

Mark and Gabby co-founded Giffords, one of the nation’s leading gun safety organizations that brings together families, gun owners, veterans, law enforcement, and others to advocate for stronger gun safety laws that save lives.

Mark will stand up to the gun lobby and fight to protect Arizona kids and communities from gun violence. He will keep kids and communities safer by working to pass universal background checks, to keep guns out of the hands of stalkers and domestic abusers, and reduce mass shootings and suicides by allowing families and law enforcement to ensure dangerous individuals and people in crisis don’t have access to firearms.

Arizona is one of America’s most pro-gun states. It features Constitutional Carry, the idea that any lawful individual can carry a firearm without a permit and has a strong reputation for its vast array of shooting ranges and venues where gun owners can practice sharpen their shooting skills.

The fact that Kelly has remained relatively quiet on this issue shows that he’s exercising a degree of pragmatism. Gun owners are a sleeping giant that, if awakened, could easily derail Kelly’s electoral aspirations.

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New Group of Turncoat Gun Owners is Being Launched to Push for Civilian Disarmament

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Giffords, an anti-Second Amendment organization created by former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, is launching a new group of gun owners to challenge pro-gun groups across the nation.

Building off a coalition that was set up in 2018, Gun Owners for Safety was recently unveiled and has chapters present in Colorado, Minnesota and Texas. It will serve as a counterbalance against pro-gun organizations and will push for gun control measures nationwide.

“I think whether you’re talking about politics, whether you’re talking about lobbying, whether you’re talking about culture change, what’s vitally important is that we focus on the millions of Americans at the center of our politics. If we’re going to have long-term durable change in this country, it can’t just be the activists on the left and the activists on the right. We really have to move the center,” Giffords Executive Director Peter Ambler declared.

Giffords is the wife of Arizona Senate candidate Mark Kelly. She is also a gun owner and according to Ambler, Giffords was one of the most moderate members during her time serving in the U.S. House.

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Ambler claims that the group’s organizers have already reached out to approximately 50,000 gun owners all across the nation “who are fed up with the NRA,” Ambler stated. According to a report by The Hill, the group’s members “include hunters, collectors, veterans, former law enforcement and others who value firearm ownership but also want to reduce gun violence.”

“These men and women were eager, at a time when our values of our country are being debated, to raise their hand and show politicians, show the country, that the vast majority of gun owners support safer gun laws,” Ambler remarked. The Executive Director of Giffords said that universal background checks are a central policy item for the group.

The NRA has become a punching bag of sorts for many gun control groups. Despite some of its questionable dedication to certain gun rights causes, the kind of persecution the NRA is facing from the state of New York for allegedly mismanaging funds and being involved in other forms of corruption.

“Put your foot in the shoes of an American gun owner, do you want to be part of the NRA, which is embroiled in legal and ethical controversy?” Ambler inquired. “The NRA wants you to believe that you can’t have your Second Amendment and pursue laws like … universal background checks.”

“American voters are hungry for campaigns and messages and groups of people who are attempting to bring people together to accomplish something that serves all Americans. That’s why Gabby is working so hard to organize fellow gun owners across the country,” Ambler commented.

The pro-gun control movement is not playing around. They will use every strategy in the book to try to destroy the Second Amendment. Gun owners should prepare themselves for the most unorthodox of attacks that come from this desperate anti-freedom lobby.

 

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