Mark Kelly’s ‘AR-15 Stunt’ Provokes Giffords Gun Photos Leak

Gabby Giffords AR15 Rifle Photo Leak
Mark Kelly's ‘AR-15 Stunt' Provokes Giffords Photo Leak
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Washington DC – -( Mark Kelly's campaign against “assault weapons” such as the AR-15 rifle has sparked a local backlash.

On March 13 213, a Tucson, Arizona radio host published a photograph of former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords holding an AR-15 rifle at a gun range. Giffords has since confirmed that the photograph is authentic.

James T. Harris, blogging at the website of “101.4 FM The Truth,” wrote:

What is wrong with this picture? Absolutely nothing, and prior to the aggressive progressive opportunistic fear mongering in the wake of Sandy Hook, this picture would have raised no eyebrows and garnered little public attention.

However, in response to the exploitative political scheming of Mark Kelly, persons connected to Congresswoman Giffords released this photo in response to what they perceived to be her husband’s hypocrisy.

Subsequently, Breitbart News confirmed the authenticity of the image through law enforcement sources in Arizona, and obtained a copy of the photograph from a source who requested anonymity.

The latter source was present when the photograph was taken, and said that Giffords had requested it for campaign purposes during October 2010.

According to the source, the image sent to Breitbart News was cropped to protect the identity of the person on the right-hand side of the original photograph (to Giffords's left).

The source, who is a member of the law enforcement community, told Breitbart News:

“We were told she wanted to toughen her image. She asked to come out and she wanted to shoot a rifle. She had one of our guys out there to show her how to shoot an AR-15.”

In January 2011, Giffords suffered near-fatal wounds in a mass shooting while meeting with constituents in Tucson. The perpetrator used a 9mm Glock 19 semi-automatic pistol.

Giffords and husband Mark Kelly have since formed an organization, Americans for Responsible Solutions, to press for policy changes such as limiting the sale of “assault weapons, ” including the AR-15.

Breitbart News reported last week that Kelly attempted to purchase an AR-15 from a gun store in Tucson earlier this month.

Likewise, the AR-15 that Giffords is shown holding in the image is a standard, semi-automatic civilian weapon, according to the source who saw it being taken.

The source saw a campaign official take the photograph, which was later provided to law enforcement personnel as a courtesy, according to the source.

The source says the existence of the photograph has been known in the local law enforcement community for a while: “I'm not the only one who knows about this photo.”

Multiple law enforcement sources in Arizona told Breitbart News that Mark Kelly's campaign against “assault weapons” has generated resentment within the law enforcement community–and a desire that the photograph be made public.

The source who witnessed the photograph put it this way:

“Giffords and Kelly came across with a different demeanor in 2010. To me, it seems like they've done a complete 180 because of what happened. And with the latest controversy–with Mark Kelly doing what he did with the AR-15 stunt–this photo needs to be put out.”

While Kelly declined to comment, Americans for Responsible Solutions spokesperson Jen Bluestein told Breitbart News: “Looks like the photo is cropped.”

Bluestein noted that there are “many images of Gabrielle Giffords with guns,” though she said she had not seen the image of the AR-15 before.

At 1:14 p.m. PDT, Giffords posted two images on her Facebook page with the following statement:

Here are two photos of me that a conservative blog has dug up. I remember both of these days fondly. The first is at the Tucson Police Department firing range. They invited me to test rifles and tasers that they bought with federal funds, which I helped secure. The second was in Afghanistan while I was visiting with our troops serving abroad. My work as Southern Arizona's Congresswoman frequently put me in close contact with some of the world's most powerful and deadly weapons – supporting police departments, advocating for the Border Patrol, standing up for our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, and supporting my constituents' and my own Second Amendment rights.

I grew up with guns, and I like owning them. So does my husband Mark. It's an interest we've shared ever since we met. It's part of my heritage as an Arizonan and it's my right as an American. Being able to shoot a gun is something I haven't been able to do since I was shot – because my right arm is paralyzed, and I'm less mobile than I was.

As I member of the House Armed Services Committee, I proudly spent a lot of time with our military, border patrol and state and local law enforcement. I guess the intention of those who have publicized these photos is to somehow call into question my belief that military style assault weapons should be more strongly regulated with background checks and other safeguards. I have never wavered in my support for those who serve our country. I fought to make sure they have the weapons and safety gear needed to carry out their mission, and proper health and mental care when their service ends.

Both sides of the gun violence debate usually miss the point. We don't have to choose between owning, using, and enjoying guns, on one hand, and preventing gun violence, on the other. Both sides need to come together to support commonsense solutions to gun violence, like keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous people like the young man who shot me. That's why I'm fighting this fight. That's why I'm working to bring people together to support gun rights and reduce gun violence. I hope you join me.


Josiah Cantrall and Joel B. Pollak contributed to this article.

Since this article was first published Gabby Giffords has posted the image above along with this one of Giffords Shooting a so called Assault Rifle.
Since this article was first published Gabby Giffords has posted the image above along with this one of Giffords Shooting a so called Assault Rifle.

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  • 21 thoughts on “Mark Kelly’s ‘AR-15 Stunt’ Provokes Giffords Gun Photos Leak

    1. @garrett: wouldn’t bet on it, could be an idiot, troll comments are usually meant to spark debate and high emotion, the entire point of this article was her hypocrisy and changing of stance, so even if she had been wearing a breitbart t-shirt, wouldn’t have changed much

    2. If Gabby is such a gunny, she doesn’t show it. In the second photo, she is leaning back, and is not wearing eye and ear protection. Yet the caption indicates she is “shooting.” Just a safety comment…

    3. I absolutely Agree Mark Kelly is Guilty of Lying on Form F4473, for being a Straw Buyer. And to make sure, the Local Swat Team, should carry out a No-Knock Warrant early in the morning, by smashing down their front door, throwing in a few flash bangs, shoot their dog push them to the ground, and arrest them both. Then conduct a full search their home for the weapons, which they should not be possessed by those on psychiatric drugs or because of being mentally incapable of function. They should further be charged for running a business under false pretenses for profit. Just saying……

    4. Maybe every gun owner “knows” he or she is the only one who is perfectly safe owning guns, and secretly wishes everyone else was unarmed & harmless. It doesn’t matter because we don’t live in that world. In a world where you can’t always trust the other guy not to harm you, every good man must have the liberty to choose to be armed, just in case. We know guns don’t guarantee a win either, but we vastly prefer not to be helpless as others often are in an emergency. We know statistically that most of us will never use our arms in a crisis, but that’s far from a reason to give away the right.

    5. I have never wavered in my support for those who serve our country. I fought to make sure they have the weapons and safety gear needed to carry out their mission, and proper health and mental care when their service ends.

      What about the people, are they second-class citizens? Does she not believe that we have right to the weapons necessary for our mission, to keep our selves, our families, and our communities safe? Apparently not.

      We don’t have to choose between owning, using, and enjoying guns, on one hand, and preventing gun violence, on the other.

      Really? Maybe she should tell this to her fellow Democrats, and to her own husband. He certainly seems to think a choice has to be made. This statement implies that she is against bans. Is she so brain-addled that she doesn’t know what’s being done in her name? Is she simply lying in hopes of somehow concealing her true objective? Or does she wrongly believe that it’s possible to infringe upon a right, but that somehow it will remain whole? Take your pick.

    6. Kash, the problem is that her husband Mark Kelly went out and bought two more guns, while he wants a Ban of guns. He said that he was making a straw purchase of the rifle, so he needs to be arrested, just like anyone else that would break this law.
      I know what really happened, he was buying the rifle, so he would have it before a ban that he is pushing. He got Caught, so he said that he was making a straw purchase.
      What makes him think that he is Important enough to deserve the guns that he wants banned for other people?
      The guy that shot Giffords, also Killed a few people, but he didn’t get a death sentence and THAT is a Big part of the problem, not the guns used. Giffords owns a Glock and was shot with one, yet they want a ban, while they continue to keep guns…… What part of this are you missing?

    7. I am hereby calling for the arrest and indictment of Mark Kelly for lieing on form F4473. He stated,on facebook, that he bought those guns to prove a point and intended on turning them over to the police. The ATF definition of a straw purchase… “Straw purchases can be illegal in the United States when made at a federally licensed firearm dealership. If the straw purchaser of the firearm lies about the identity of the ultimate possessor of the gun, he can be charged with making false statements on a federal Firearms Transaction Record. If a firearm is purchased as a gift, the purchaser must indicate the intended recipient on the transaction record”.
      If he did not declare on form F4473 that he planned on turning them over to the police, he is guilty of a Straw Purchase.

    8. Can she even own or possess a gun anymore? Did she actually write the comments or was it a staffer who helped her? Vets with PTSD who temporarily can’t handle their finances are losing their ability to own/possess guns. Her brain damage would put her into the same category permanently.

    9. I don’t understand what is the big deal with this photo. Florida governor whose mother passed away, suddenly did a 180 saying due to this life changing event he WILL support expanding medicare. Gifford who is SHOT IN THE HEAD decides she is for regulating gun sales. What is inhuman, shocking, or out of the ordinary about these 2 people? We don’t call people who are born again Christians hippocrits. Why are we calling these types of people who have had life changing events, hyppocrits for … changing their life and behavior?

    10. I used to feel badly for Gabby because she didn’t deserve what happened to her. Now, after the way she’s become a total tool of the Democide party AND after those facebook comments, added to her husband’s blatant hypocrisy while telling everyone else to go to hell because they’ve “got theirs” – all I have left for both of them is “F**k You Both”.

      Domestic enemies, both of them.

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