There are two types of anti-gun politicians. On the one hand you have Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke. He is forthright when he says he plans to fuck us over. He doesn’t dissemble, he doesn’t say he respects the Second Amendment, and he says outright he’s coming for our semi-automatic firearms.
Then there is Mark Kelly who is running for the US Senate as a Democrat against Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) in Arizona. Despite being the co-founder of the Cult of Personality Known as Giffords, formerly called Americans for Responsible Solutions, he has stayed rather quiet about his anti-gun views in his Senate race.
Listen to what he says about the Second Amendment in his debate Tuesday with Sen. McSally.
Fast forward to 1:20:33 in the video. The moderator says that people first heard of Kelly as the voice of gun control and then asks why he hasn’t raised the issue on the campaign trail. After making some comments about the 30mm cannon in McSally’s A-10, he goes on to say he is a great supporter of the Second Amendment.
Beyond that obvious lie, he then states he got his first firearm as a gift from his father just as he finished flight training in the Navy. He says it was a 9mm Glock and that he carried throughout his military career.
According to both Wikipedia and his official NASA biography, he got his wings in December 1987. Glocks had just recently started to be imported to the United States so it might be conceivable that Kelly’s father did give him a first generation Glock 17. However, the number imported was rather small. Imports did not begin in earnest until 1988 with the Gen 2 G-17 which had a metal serial number plate at the request of BATFE.
When asked why he didn’t speak about gun control more, he starts to dissemble and say people were more interested in talking about drug prices and healthcare.
O’Rourke may be a loon but at least he is an honest loon. Kelly, by contrast, has used his wife’s tragic shooting as his path to fame and power. He is the female version of former Rep. Carolyn McCarthy. The difference is that McCarthy at least would come at you head on unlike Kelly who is trying to keep gun control in the shadows until he can stab you in the back.