As RF highlighted earlier today, Former Rep. Gabby Giffords and hubby Mark Kelly kicked off their “Rights and Responsibilities” road show by visiting a pistol range in Las Vegas. But before hitting the road, Mr. Giffords Kelly stopped by CNN to let the media know what they’re doing. When asked point blank if “any of those steps [in his gun control plan] would have stopped what happened in [insert site of shooting here]” he said that, “maybe, absolutely” they quite possibly could have perhaps made a difference. He wants to expand background checks and make sure that the mentally ill are included in the NICS system. I wonder if that would extend to those with brain damage who can hardly point a gun to fire it? (Oh no he di’n’t!) Continuing in the background . . .
The Washington Times reports that a survey done by the National Shooting Sports Foundation shows that “almost all first-time gun purchases in 2012 were made at retailers or other venues where background checks are required.” Only seven percent of first-time buyers bought their guns at gun shows, and about seven percent purchased them from friends or family. Of course they also point out that “other analysts” say “less than half of the people who own military-style, semi-automatic rifles — akin to the kinds used in mass shootings in recent years — buy them from the retailers who are subject to background checks.”