April 1st, 2013
11:08 PM ET

Mark Kelly reacts to free gun program

A program designed to arm residents who live in dangerous communities is now operating in Tucson, Arizona. Gabby Gifford's husband, Mark Kelly, calls it "a distraction from the debate."

Kelly, whose wife was shot in a 2011 shooting rampage in Tucson, compares the plan to the NRA's proposal of arming teachers and putting more guns in schools to make them safer.

He's against the idea and is pushing for universal background checks as part of the solution to lowering gun violence in the country.

"What I'd be interested to find out, is when all these shotguns are given away and they have done the background check, it would be nice to know how simple it was ... so we can make sure that the background checks are part of the process for all gun sales," Kelly tells CNN's Wolf Blitzer.

For more on gun control, read Guns on campus: NRA to announce school safety measures 

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Mike Chapman

    This reminds me of an old All In The Family episode when airplane hijacking was at a peak; Archie Bunker's solution was to give ever passenger a hand gun when they boarded the plane, "no one would try anything with a plane load of armed passengers". It was ridiculously funny at the time, maybe Norman Leer was ahead of his time. Someone might like to delve into the archives for a new look.

    April 5, 2013 at 8:45 am |
  2. Joe

    Thanks for the one-sided story. If you lived in an area such as this, you'd sleep better with a shotgun, too. Good for them!

    April 3, 2013 at 4:06 pm |
  3. Kathy Prickett

    Mark, I have shared this interview with Facebook friends. I live in Oklahoma and am very disappointed with my senator's, Jim Inhofe, lack of support. The question my friends have is what criteria will be used in determining mental illness? Can anyone on meds for depression, anxiety, etc. be included, or will it be people receiving treatment for psychosis? Can you share what guidelines will be used? Thank you! Kathy

    April 3, 2013 at 8:54 am |
  4. Kathleen Kitchen

    I don't get all of this good guy with a gun vs bad gun with a gun. I don't know many people that own guns, but the people I do know, that have them, are not what I consider to be a good guy. In fact they are mostly adult Men who are very controlling, lacking in self esteem or size, anger issues and self control. Hot headed and just as dangerous to our safety then any bad guy. Many have domestic violence issues that are undocumented as well. And there is so much more to come with our troops coming home........PTSD and AR-15 = Disaster!

    April 3, 2013 at 12:06 am |