Gun control campaign on heels of Jacksonville Landing shooting (VIDEO)
By Christen Smith
Political action committee Giffords unveiled a new campaign this week featuring veterans urging for more gun control in the wake of a shooting at a Florida video game competition.
The Giffords Veteran Coalition released its inaugural video Monday in hopes of rallying support for stricter gun laws via encouragement from some of the nation’s most decorated military veterans, including former Central Intelligence Agency Director Michael Hayden.
“I’ve seen the effects of violence. There are some weapons out there that frankly nobody should have access to,” he said Monday. “And actually, there are some people out there who should never have access to any weapons. No one is challenging the right of the American people to keep and bear arms. That heritage, which I deeply respect, does not require us to be unintelligent about this.”
Hayden, a four-star general, retired from the U.S. Air Force in 2008. He’s since served in leadership roles at the National Security Agency and the CIA, as well as contributed national security analysis for CNN.
“When you witness some of the things that have happened in our society, the innocent being killed, I’ve got to say as a veteran, there is no other side to this argument,” he said.