AZ Central: Mark Kelly says he supports the Second Amendment. But actions speak louder than words
By: Jon Gabriel
Sure, Mark Kelly loves the Second Amendment. Just ask him.
But Kelly’s actions show disdain for gun rights. The Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, which Kelly co-founded, endorsed California as the best model for gun laws while giving Arizona an F.
Californians fleeing their state might vote for the same failed policies in their new home of Arizona. If so, Mark Kelly is their guy. Arizonans who view the basket case to our West as a cautionary tale need to think twice.
The record clearly shows that Kelly has spent years pushing gun control legislation and promoting the Second Amendment’s worst enemies.
His activism is understandable, but he should be honest about it. Kelly is free to push all the gun control measures he wants; Arizona voters are free to disagree.
The Giffords group endorsed Gov. Gavin Newsom in 2018, celebrating California for having the strictest anti-gun laws in the nation.
“I’m so honored to receive the support of Gabby and Mark — two incredible advocates and selfless public servants,” Newsom said. “I have long admired their work across the country fighting to end gun violence, and I’ve been proud to partner with them to strengthen our gun safety laws here in California.”
Newsom is eager to push his “gun safety” laws on Arizona with another ally in the U.S. Senate.
Kelly and Giffords also endorsed Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker that year for his attacks on the Second Amendment. Needless to say, Arizona has plenty of former Land of Lincoln residents as well. They fled for a reason.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Reps. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) and Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) earned the coveted Giffords endorsement this year. While Mark Kelly might not mention the words “Democrat” or “progressive” in his ads, his organization sure likes far-left candidates.
Most Arizonans don’t want autonomous zones “planting the seeds of justice” in Phoenix, Tucson or Flagstaff, but perhaps Kelly disagrees. His group’s endorsement says otherwise.
I suspect Arizonans don’t want to see their state turned into California. Mark Kelly hopes they do.