You know, when it comes to politics and political debates, America is a funny place. No seriously, sometimes the jokes write themselves, folks. Case in point, did you hear what happened to Gabby Giffords’ husband in Arizona recently? Well, aside from nursing his wife back to health after being shot in the head by a recently convicted lunatic and now forming a SuperPAC to counter the NRA’s lobbying power.
Apparently, Mark Kelly was interested in the purchase of an AR-15 recently. There’s no word on his intended use of said semi-automatic assault rifle. But, I think it’s safe to assume that opening fire in a crowded movie theater, or maybe even at an elementary school wasn’t part of his plan. However, as politics and the love for freedom would have it, the owner of the gun store involved in said purchase has decided to refuse the sale of said weapon to Gabby Giffords’ husband, Mark Kelly.
This from Reuters:
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.
Hilarious, right? Okay, so maybe I was thinking of another word that starts with the letter “H”. Yep, that word would be, oh, “hypocrite,” right? I mean that’s what I thought when I read the above story. Of course the store owner has the right to refuse service as long as said refusal doesn’t run counter to federal discrimination laws. But, for someone who’s opposed to having their 2nd Amendment rights infringed, denying another person that very right, is, hilarious and so very hypocritical. I mean, the least he could’ve done is ask whether Kelly’s intended use the AR-15 was hunting.
Here’s what the gun owners Facebook status 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.
To his credit, the gun store owner is going to donate the rifle to a police raffle, and donate the money he would have gotten from selling the rifle to Kelly, to a child gun safety program. No word, however, on whether said child gun safety program involves arming teachers with guns; or whether the gun store owner in this case supports universal criminal background checks for all gun purchases.
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