Washed up astronaut Mark Kelly doesn’t believe in your right to self-defense. In a June 16 statement, just two days after Congressman, and House Majority Whip, Steve Scalise’s attempted assassination by Left Wing psycho and Bernie Sanders supporter, James Hodgkinson, Kelly said, in so many words, that he intended to make society safer by leaving fellow citizens and school children open to even more violence.
In an interview with NPR, Kelly was asked how would we be able to implement a “safer society,” according to his own words, and keep firearms out of the hands of dangerous individuals. He said the answer was background checks.
We already have backgrounds checks, but you know, who needs facts?
What’s more interesting is James Hodgkinson, 66, from Belleville, Illinois, passed all relevant background checks when purchasing the two firearms in his possession according to a statement by the FBI.
Mark Kelly’s wife, Gabriel Giffords, survived being shot in the head at a UPS mailing facility in Tuscan, Arizona, in 2011. The shooter, Jared Lee Loughner, also passed similar background checks and was in legal possession of those firearms. Giffords was a United States Congresswoman out of the 8th District in Arizona at the time.
Mark Kelly believes fighting legislation that makes it harder and unlawful to defend yourself is a noble cause worth fighting for. He went on to say that stopping national firearm reciprocity laws and maintaining gun-free zones made law enforcement more difficult.
As of 2013, the reported national average for police response time was 11 minutes. A lot can happen during 11 minutes in an active shooter situation.
Congressman Mike Bishop (R., MI.), who was attending the congressional baseball practice for an annual charity baseball game in Alexandria Virginia last Wednesday is quoted as saying, “The only reason why any of us walked out of this thing, by the grace of God, one of the folks here had a weapon to fire back and give us a moment to find cover. We were inside the backstop, and if we didn’t have that cover by a brave person who stood up and took a shot themselves, we would not have gotten out of there, and every one of us would have been hit — every single one of us.”
The fact of the matter is, we’ll never be able to determine who will or who won’t use a firearm in the act of committing a crime. The best way of defending yourself against such acts of violence is to be prepared and have the ability to fight back. Allowing citizens the right to carry a firearm on their person is the only sure fire way to achieve this goal.
Not only is using a firearm to protect yourself a right as a United States citizen afforded to you by the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States, its also just plain common sense.