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PHOENIX (AP) — The husband of former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords went to a Tucson gun store a week ago to buy a .45-caliber handgun and a military-style rifle the day before he appeared with his wife at the supermarket where she was wounded in a rampage two years ago. It didn't take long for the purchase to draw criticism from gun-rights supporters.Apparently, after he started getting flack from the public he went on facebook to explain that he was doing it for the children, or a similarly lame (and too-late) excuse. Admit it Mark. You're a closet gun nut and you have been outed. You'll end up in a shoot-out like "Day of the Evil Gun", or "Blue Steel".
Mark Kelly said he bought the AR-15-style weapon to draw attention to the relative ease with which people can get the type of gun that the shooter used in the Newtown school and Colorado movie theater killings. Gun-rights advocates attacked him for being a hypocrite for buying the same gun that he has been lobbying Congress to ban.
(Not the lead ... the gun-maddened characters played by Arthur Kennedy and Ron Silver!)
Don't bother trying to talk your way out of it. Your credibility is gone. You're a gun owner, and as you've been preaching, people who have guns are irresponsible can't be trusted to use them responsibly, and want to shoot people who don't, and lie all the time, and are evil, and .... and ... and stuff ......
You're one of 'us', now, and nobody will trust you or believe in you, ever again.
[insert evil laugh here]
UPDATE: March 27, 2013:
PHOENIX — An Arizona gun store owner has canceled the sale of an assault rifle to the husband of former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, after discovering that he made the purchase to highlight the need for gun control.
Doug MacKinlay, owner of Diamondback Police Supply, said he sent Mark Kelly a refund last week on the AR-15 type weapon after learning the purchase was not for personal use but meant to highlight the need for gun control.
Kelly, who along with his wife is a top campaigner for curbs to military-style weapon ownership, had not yet taken possession of the semi-automatic rifle.
In a posting on Facebook on Monday, MacKinlay said: "While I support and respect Mark Kelly's 2nd Amendment rights to purchase, possess, and use firearms in a safe and responsible manner, his recent statements to the media made it clear that his intent in purchasing the ... rifle from us was for reasons other than for his personal use."
"In light of this fact, I determined that it was in my company's best interest to terminate this transaction prior to his returning to my store," he added.