Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Mark Kelly To Testify on Gun Violence in Front of U.S. Senate Tomorrow

Posted By on Tue, Jan 29, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Retired astronaut Mark Kelly, the husband of former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, is set to testify on gun violence in front of the U.S. Senate tomorrow morning.

Kelly, who will scheduled to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee at 8 a.m. Tucson time, will be talking about the need for more background checks and limits on high-capacity magazines, according to an email he sent to supporters of his new political action committee, Americans for Responsible Solutions.

"The next few months will be challenging and filled with many ups-and-downs, but Gabby and I know that if we stick together, we can overcome anything—even an ideological fringe that has consistently used big money and influence to obstruct progress," Kelly said in the email.

Also scheduled to testify: The NRA's Wayne LaPierre. You can read his prepared testimony here, but here's a key takeaway on the NRA's perspective:


Semi-automatic firearms have been around for over 100 years. They are among the most popular guns made for hunting, target shooting and self-defense. Despite this fact, Congress banned the manufacture and sale of hundreds of semi-automatic firearms and magazines from 1994 to 2004. Independent studies, including a study from the Clinton Justice Department, proved that ban had no impact on lowering crime.

And when it comes to the issue of background checks, let’s be honest—background checks will never be “universal”—because criminals will never submit to them.

This week's print edition of the Tucson Weekly, on newsstands tomorrow, examines how Tucsonans are lobbying Congress on new gun regulations and the challenges of instituting universal background checks.

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