December 12th, 2013
09:03 PM ET
10 months ago

Mark Kelly: No movement on gun control since Newtown

(CNN) – A prominent gun-control advocate says children are no safer today from gun violence than they were a year ago when a lone shooter killed 20 first graders at a Connecticut elementary school.

Mark Kelly, whose wife, former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, was severely wounded in a shooting in Arizona in 2011, told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Thursday the nation's conversation on gun control has stalled.

"Well, you know,” Kelly said ahead of the anniversary of the Newtown school massacre, “Saturday will be a year, and so far the national response to that horrific act and the situation we have in this country is basically to do nothing. So I would say that children are not safer in their schools.”

Kelly, who leads the anti-gun violence super PAC Americans for Responsible Solutions, said tightening gun laws “is a complex problem” that should be addressed.

“And Congress has yet to do that,” he said.

A CNN poll released earlier this month shows support for stricter gun laws fading since the Newtown tragedy jolted the nation. Some 49% were in favor, down 6 points from a CNN poll conducted a few weeks after the December 14 shooting that also killed six adults.

"Well, you know… Saturday will be a year and so far the national response to that horrific act. And the situation we have in this country is basically to do nothing. So I would say that children are not safer in their schools,’ he said.

But former Republican Congressman Asa Hutchinson, who now leads the National Rifle Association's school safety initiative, disagrees.

He told “The Situation Room” that the nation has made progress on gun safety.

"Virtually every state has looked at school safety legislation and has it introduced. You've had schools employ additional resources in terms of school resource officers and other protection for the children. They've increased technology as well so there is a safer response capability,” he said.

Newton prompted President Barack Obama and Democratic leaders to push for stronger federal background checks for gun purchases, but that proposal fell short in the Senate last April.

"But we certainly have learned that Congress said, despite a full court press by the President, that the answer is not gun control legislation," Hutchinson said.

But Kelly – a veteran, former astronaut and gun owner - said the NRA’s lobbying efforts kept gun-control legislation from advancing.

“I don't want to lay blame anywhere, but it is a reality that the gun lobby has an incredible amount of political influence with members of Congress in Washington. I mean, it's very clear that many members take their cues on this issue from the gun lobby," he said.

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.


Filed under: Gun control • Mark Kelly • NRA
soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    Would You Look at That

    Rudy NYC said:
    I'll have you know that most of your 'criminals carrying guns' in Chicago obtain their weapons from 'law abiding citizens' in the Chicago suburbs that have more relaxed gun laws than Chicago. The same holds true for DC, and most every urban area.
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    I'll have you know that you are being very misleading... There are zero relaxed gun law in Illinois. If the criminals are getting their guns from people in the suburbs, assuming it's a private sale, the people in the suburbs HAVE to check if the purchaser has their FOID card. If they fail to check their FOID card, they are no longer law-abiding.
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    Like I've posted many a time, sarcasm is completely lost and wasted on the right wing. I guess you failed to notice the significant meaning behind my putting 'law abiding citizen' in quotation marks. It's because they are not law abiding citizens. Every gun that is in the hand of your 'criminals' began its' life as a legal purchase by a 'law abiding citizen'. Your own post bears out the truth of it. Thanks for playing.

    December 13, 2013 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  2. Malory Archer

    Would You Look at That

    I'll have you know that you are being very misleading... There are zero relaxed gun law in Illinois. If the criminals are getting their guns from people in the suburbs, assuming it's a private sale, the people in the suburbs HAVE to check if the purchaser has their FOID card. If they fail to check their FOID card, they are no longer law-abiding.

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    So where exactly are the "bad guys with guns" getting them?

    December 13, 2013 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  3. Al Gore Lies

    Let's see "lone gunmen" are not an epidemic here in the U.S. Gun control folk get it wrong because the problem is not guns killing people, but violent people using guns to kill people.
    Two, it is not the government's responsibility to control the actions of one individual that CHOOSES

    December 13, 2013 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  4. Would You Look at That

    Rudy NYC said:
    So what is the right wing doing about the problem. You say that it is mental health issue. Where is the right wing's legislation to address how they view the problem? What did you say? Oh, you cut the state's mental health budget. I see.
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    FYI – another story posted just below the link to this one:
    Just days before the first anniversary of the Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school massacre, a Republican congressman from Pennsylvania introduced new legislation Thursday that seeks to improve the mental health system.
    Rep. Tim Murphy, who spent three decades as a psychologist before coming to Capitol Hill, said little has been done in the past year to "get those who need help the help they need," despite tragedies like the one at Sandy Hook and countless others that get less attention.

    December 13, 2013 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  5. Would You Look at That

    Malory Archer
    Would You Look at That

    I'll have you know that you are being very misleading... There are zero relaxed gun law in Illinois. If the criminals are getting their guns from people in the suburbs, assuming it's a private sale, the people in the suburbs HAVE to check if the purchaser has their FOID card. If they fail to check their FOID card, they are no longer law-abiding.

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    So where exactly are the "bad guys with guns" getting them?
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    They are either stealing them, or using a straw purchaser to buy for them – (this is a felony on both the purchaser and the person the gun takes possession of the gun after it is bought)

    December 13, 2013 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  6. Would You Look at That

    RudyNYC said:
    Like I've posted many a time, sarcasm is completely lost and wasted on the right wing. I guess you failed to notice the significant meaning behind my putting 'law abiding citizen' in quotation marks. It's because they are not law abiding citizens. Every gun that is in the hand of your 'criminals' began its' life as a legal purchase by a 'law abiding citizen'. Your own post bears out the truth of it. Thanks for playing.
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    Nothing in your post suggested sarcasm, especially since you are known to be critical of absolutely everything the right side of the aisle supports. This is patently false-–> "Every gun that is in the hand of your 'criminals' began its' life as a legal purchase by a 'law abiding citizen'. Your own post bears out the truth of it. Thanks for playing."<-–
    Ever heard of straw purchases? A brand new gun can be purchased illegally. It happens all the time. It becomes illegal the instant the purchaser lies on the application/background check on the question pertaining to who is the gun being bought for. Nice try. Thanks for playing.

    December 13, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  7. "You can keep your plan, PERIOD." -- Lie of the Year from the Liar of the Century

    Thousands and thousands of gun control laws already on the books... All totally ignored by criminals and mentally ill people. will adding thousands and thousands more change that? No it will not. What it WILL do is further interfere with the Constitutional rights of law abiding citizens, which is exactly what the leftists want.

    Let no tragedy or crisis go unused to further the leftists agenda....

    December 13, 2013 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  8. don in albuquerque

    I guess there is no need to push this issue any further. The NRA along with other pro gun groups have succeeded in "normalizing" murder in America. After digesting the horror of Sandy Hook, all else pales. The theater shooter in Colorado becomes just another snipit of life in America following the ouster of two state politicians who were pro gun control, courtesy the NRA. "Stand your ground" is just a ready made excuse for murder. And all this while the rest of the world looks at us, shakes its head, and laughs saying "What do you expect, they're Americans."

    December 13, 2013 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  9. smith

    @Liberals-Criminals get guns from the same people you guys think are being treated so unfair-Drug dealers. There is also a criminal element called gun runners and the black market.

    December 13, 2013 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  10. The Real Tom Paine

    -smith

    This guy needs to come back to earth and get off his high horse. We have thousands of laws relating to firearms and still we have gun violence. The cold hard truth is there are no solutions to violence. There are twisted people in the world and they will commit acts of violence.
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    I suppose that if your spouse ( if you are married) got shot in the head and suffered permanant brain damage, you might not view Mark Kelly as someone on " a high horse". Your statement declares that nothing should be done, so why bother? Its a disturbing attitude to have, to say the least. The cold hard truth is that you have declared yourself indifferent to the effects your attittude towards firearms and mental health have on other people. Its sad, but not unexpected in a world that glorifies narcissistic attitudes and scorns efforts to change the world.

    December 13, 2013 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  11. The Real Tom Paine

    -smith

    @Liberals-Criminals get guns from the same people you guys think are being treated so unfair-Drug dealers. There is also a criminal element called gun runners and the black market.
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    Oh, that explains how Rush got his guns: he got them back in his Oxycontin days. Thanks for the tip!

    December 13, 2013 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  12. Chris

    Many guns that criminals are using are stolen weapons from law enforcement and military shipments. That is why criminals have used weapons that are fully automatic in the commission of crimes and yet private citizens are unable to purchase those guns.

    Preventing private citizens from owning guns will not stop criminals from owning guns. As long as there are people willing to pay money to illegally get guns there will be criminals providing them. Even if you destroyed every single gun currently in the United States, owned by private individuals, military, and police forces, you would still have guns illegally imported into the country by criminals and then sold on the black market.

    Banning gun ownership only hurts law abiding citizens.

    December 13, 2013 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  13. The Real Tom Paine

    -"You can keep your plan, PERIOD." - Lie of the Year from the Liar of the Century

    Thousands and thousands of gun control laws already on the books... All totally ignored by criminals and mentally ill people. will adding thousands and thousands more change that? No it will not. What it WILL do is further interfere with the Constitutional rights of law abiding citizens, which is exactly what the leftists want.

    Let no tragedy or crisis go unused to further the leftists agenda....
    *****************
    You know, there is a real McCarthyite aspect to a lot of the conservatives on here. Everything is tied to some vast conspiracy. Since they have staked out an absolutist position on everything, and that it all ties back to this conspiracy they keep referring to, there is no way to reason with them, to accept the evidence in front of them. Even a personal tragedy will not move them to change, since they have made it all about the "conspiracy". What they want is nothing to happen: since when do human beings become so blinkered that they cannot even think about an alternative to their position? Answer: when they are frightened, scared and whipped into a frenzy about something they can't see or feel or touch, but they are certain is there. Draw your own conclusions about how I have described some of them.

    December 13, 2013 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  14. janklow

    that Kelly would say "I don't want to lay blame anywhere" is just proof that he is a liar since, of course, he does want to lay blame. he has an agenda.

    so why would i trust the positions of anyone who thinks nothing of lying so casually?

    December 13, 2013 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  15. Rudy NYC

    Would You Look wrote:

    "Like I've posted many a time, sarcasm is completely lost and wasted on the right wing. I guess you failed to notice the significant meaning behind my putting 'law abiding citizen' in quotation marks. It's because they are not law abiding citizens. Every gun that is in the hand of your 'criminals' began its' life as a legal purchase by a 'law abiding citizen'. Your own post bears out the truth of it. Thanks for playing."

    Nothing in your post suggested sarcasm, especially since you are known to be critical of absolutely everything the right side of the aisle supports. This is patently false-–> "Every gun that is in the hand of your 'criminals' began its' life as a legal purchase by a 'law abiding citizen'. Your own post bears out the truth of it. Thanks for playing."<-–
    Ever heard of straw purchases?
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    Would you look at that? You just proved my point. Sarcasm is completely lost on the right wing.

    December 13, 2013 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  16. Thomas

    @Marie MD
    I don't know much about guns, much less that killing machine that woman is holding, but it doesn't look like she knows what the heck she is doing.
    Don't they have a white gun to go with that cute little white top she's wearing?

    =====

    Yes Marie ,
    they also come in pink / red white an blue / camouflage , desert , jungle , urban / gold or platinum plate

    December 13, 2013 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  17. sonny chapman

    Cars kill people, we should ban cars. We don't need cars. Guns kill people, we can't ban guns. We need guns.

    December 13, 2013 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  18. just asking

    here some gun control i would support....

    how about prohibiting the obama administration from gun running across the mexican border and getting hundreds of mexicans killed as well as american border patrol agents?

    how many hundreds of people have died because of their illegal gun running?

    December 13, 2013 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  19. Would You Look at That

    Rudy NYC said:
    Nothing
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    This is no surprise to me. You have nothing of value to add. You have lost the debate. You don't know what you're talking about. Thanks for playing.

    December 13, 2013 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  20. Silence DoGood

    Everyone is talking about criminals with guns. Last FBI stats I saw showed 10X more children are killed by someone they know, not a stranger. Many of these are accidents.

    I know there are the rare stories out there of protecting your home but this is RARE. The NRA is telling us life is like a movie. It is not. Accidents and boneheads moves are COMMON in gun deaths.

    I want reasonable gun restrictions to reduce accidents by law abiding citizens. Or smarter guns that prevent accidents. Let's work on the problem and not try to live some fantasy hero movie.

    December 13, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  21. Oakspar77777

    Mark Kelly, a tool of the anti-gun lobby blames the gun lobby for fighting for gun freedom and winning (which is the purpose of the gun lobby).

    How is that news?

    Our kids are safer, from the thousands of schools that put in door buzzers, hired more SROs, and improved their lockdown procedures.

    Our kids are not at more risk, even though millions of new AR15s have been purchased in the last year. They could be at less risk, if more states followed Utah's more than decade long policy of allowing teachers with CCW permits to carry at work.

    December 13, 2013 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  22. Rudy NYC

    Would You Look wrote:

    Rudy NYC said:
    Nothing

    This is no surprise to me. You have nothing of value to add. You have lost the debate. You don't know what you're talking about. Thanks for playing.
    -------------------------
    TRANSLATION: "I have no answer for Rudy's last posts because he used my own words against me, twice. So, I'm going to try to deflect attention on to him, instead of the argument that I started and have now lost. BTW, I really like Rudy's "thanks for playing" punch line, too."

    December 13, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  23. Malory Archer

    Would You Look at That

    They are either stealing them, or using a straw purchaser to buy for them – (this is a felony on both the purchaser and the person the gun takes possession of the gun after it is bought)

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    So these "straw purchasers", are they "good guys with guns" or "bad guys with guns" If they're "good guys with guns" why they selling guns to "bad guys"? If they're "bad guys with guns" how were they able to purchase the weapons in the first place?

    As for stolen weapons, if the "responsible" owners had TRULY been responsible, their weapons wouldn't have been stolen. In Switzerland every household has a firearm. It's registered and everyone over the age of 18 is required to know how to use it and how to keep it from falling into the wrong hands. Should someone steal their weapon and use it to commit a crime, the owner faces the same charges as the "bad guy" because they failed to secure their weapons properly. It's called responsible gun ownership. If Americans were forced to be responsible gun owners, gun thefts would be almost non-existent.

    December 13, 2013 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  24. Dan

    Because gun control is a big loser for the dems. About like Obamacare will be in 2014

    December 13, 2013 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  25. Malory Archer

    Dan

    Because gun control is a big loser for the dems. About like Obamacare will be in 2014

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    Yeah, except no. President Obama's approval rating bottomed out last week and is already on the rise, unlike the other team that just keeps sinking lower and lower!

    December 13, 2013 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
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