Posted June 10, 2016 5:09 pm by Comments

By Leigh Munsil

In this June 23, 2010, file photo, Gen. David Petraeus listens as President Barack Obama makes a statement to reporters in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. The gun safety group founded by former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords, has recruited an unlikely ally: a group of former high-level military officials. The political action committee Americans for Responsible Solutions, co-founded by retired Navy veteran and astronaut Capt. Mark Kelly, has formed a new group composed of military officials who will advocate for stricter gun regulations. (AP/Charles Dharapak, File)

Retired Gen. David Petraeus is teaming up with former astronaut Mark Kelly to form a gun-control advocacy group that “respects the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans.”

Kelly has made frequent appearances on the 2016 campaign trail with presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, as well as his wife, former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords, who sustained a serious brain injury after being shot in Tucson in 2011.

Petraeus and Kelly are joined by other military veterans, including retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal and retired Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden, in launching the “Veterans Coalition for Common Sense.” The group’s stated purpose is to urge lawmakers to do more to prevent mass gun tragedies.

Retired Gen. David Petraeus (pictured) is joining retired Navy veteran and astronaut Capt. Mark Kelly to form a group of military officials who will advocate for stricter gun regulations. (AP/Charles Dharapak, File)

Since 1969, more Americans have been killed by gun violence than in all U.S. wars combined, the group said in a statement today.

“As service members, each of us swore an oath to protect our Constitution and the homeland. Now we’re asking our leaders to do more to protect our rights and save lives,” Kelly said.

The group aims to engage other veterans …Read the Rest

Source:: The Blaze

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