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March 29, 2013

Mark Kelly, Gabby Giffords' Husband, Turns Out To Have Been Telling the Truth

So it appears, unless something extremely risky was done here (retroactively creating a video to prove his alibi).

There was previously doubt -- which I expressed my own self -- about why Mark Kelly was buying a .45 and a dreaded assault weapon, and whether his claim about doing it to "raise awareness" was just a sham excuse to avoid the charge of gun-control hypocrisy.

I got this wrong, and I'm sorry for that. I thought he was lying because I couldn't see what he'd be trying to prove-- that he got cleared by the background check too quickly? What sense would that make? He's an astronaut and a Navy officer; of course the background check would be quick, and of course he'd get his gun.

But that's actually the point he's trying to demonstrate-- that Universal Background checks are okay because look how fast they are. That purpose didn't occur to me.

Again, sorry about this one. And, note, I'm not endorsing his political point -- I'm simply saying that this claim about why he bought the guns appears genuine.







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