Mark Kelly: Lawmakers who don’t vote for gun control ‘should quit’
By Andrew Shepperson
Mark Kelly, co-founder of Americans for Responsible Solutions. (Photo: Greg Nash/The Hill)
Mark Kelly sounded off about the response to the Las Vegas massacre on Monday, arguing lawmakers who don’t think new gun control laws could help solve America’s gun violence problem should find a new line of work.
Kelly, a retired astronaut, husband of former Rep. Gabby Giffords and co-founder of gun control group Americans for Responsible Solutions, spoke on the issue during an Off Message podcast interview with Politico’s Edward-Isaac Dovere.
“I think if you’re a member of Congress and you fundamentally believe laws don’t work, you should quit,” Kelly told Dovere. “I mean, you really should. You’re in the wrong job. And that goes for anything, including this issue.”
While Kelly repeatedly expressed his frustration, he said he also sees a glimmer of hope with the proposals to ban bump stocks, devices that allow semi-automatic rifles to simulate full-auto fire. Gunman Stephen Paddock had fashioned bump stocks to a number of rifles he used to kill 58 people and injure almost 500 others in Las Vegas last month.
Those proposals have gained bipartisan support over the past week, and even the National Rifle Association came out and said ATF officials should conduct a review of the devices,