Mark Kelly's purchase of rifle draws criticism

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  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    March 15, 2013 4:00 p.m.

    Another thing to consider...
    There are over 330,000,000 privately owned guns in this country. Tens of thousands are sold privately almost every day. Take a look at the number for sale on which covers just one small area market in this country. This should give you some idea of the enormity of this situation.
    No matter how many gun control and registration laws are passed, a person with criminal intent could and would fairly easily find a way of getting hold of one if he/she so desired. More controls would simply create a vast black-market that would be impossible to control.
    Since we've not yet done it, we would be better off to effectively enforce existing laws, and then analyze that effect before even considering adding any more restrictions to people.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    March 14, 2013 5:37 a.m.

    And an American arises from the ashes like a Phoenix bird rises from oppression. I love an american who knows what his rights are and will profess his loyalty to America.

    There is no hypocrisy when being an amreican is awakened. The real hypocrisy is those who thought that a victim of attack should be offended because his love was nearly killed and hate the weapon or method of her become a victim. The real hypocrite renounces his rights then expects other to protect him and his family and his country.

    The problem is no one is protecting our country from invasion and occupation other than the american citizens. It is our duty as citizens to become armed and ready to defend this country from our government and foreign occupation. Guns and arms are not limited to home and self, its an obligation to our country, which is our only real means of self defense and protecting our families and homes. Eternal vigilance is a duty that requires every effort to remain armed with defensive weapons and lots of bullets.

    Kudos to Mark Kelly, he sees the value of rights. And pity those who scorn his patriotism.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    March 13, 2013 8:59 p.m.

    @one old man--New York has gun control laws, and why do we send WMD's to other countries?

    Should we ban cars, because someone killed another in an accident? Should we ban airplanes, because people are killed in crashes? We can ban almost everything. Ban guns in Utah, because of what someone did in New York?---what started the Revolutionary War?

    Explain this with your wisdom.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    March 13, 2013 6:42 p.m.

    Another headline from today -- found just a couple of items down from this article:

    4 killed at NY shops; police search for suspect

    When will we finally find the good sense and courage it will take to stop this stupidity? More guns won't do it. Wisdom will. And wisdom is unfortunately very short supply within the NRA and among its followers.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    March 13, 2013 6:36 p.m.

    Clue Bay -- I am prepared to defend my family. In addition I am well trained and competent to do so -- unlike so many of my neighbors who have "graduated" from the absolutely senseless and wholly inadequate Utah concealed carry classes.

    I DO NOT advocate removal of guns from law abiding citizens, but let's make sure that anyone who seeks to buy one is actually a law abiding citizen. And let's put some requirements on them to ensure that they may safely bear the responsibility of carrying a deadly weapon.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    March 13, 2013 3:49 p.m.

    We just gave F-16's, and 200 tanks to Egypt.

    Sent guns to Mexican cartels which have killed American men, women, and children along the southern borders.

    Our political leaders, and families are protected by guards carrying guns.

    Seems hypocritical to punish innocent citizens with gun control.

  • jsf Centerville, UT
    March 13, 2013 1:57 p.m.

    lket you said "many are sold to mexican drug lords" You do realize this was a Bush-Obama program run by Eric Holder for which Some were fired or resigned.

  • jsf Centerville, UT
    March 13, 2013 1:53 p.m.

    "the number of anti-government hate groups is multiplying rapidly. Check postings by the Anti-Defamation League and Poverty Law Center." I looked the anti-Defamation League web and could not see any statistics about anti-government hate groups. I did find an article authored by the Southern Poverty Law Center, on Glenn Becks the Blaze. The articles lists the following as hate groups.
    Constitution Party, Not Republican or Democrat, you must be a hate group.
    We Are Change, by the way this is the White House Website.
    We the People
    Winston Shrout; Solutions in Commerce
    Quote from their article “Generally, Patriot groups define themselves as opposed to the “New World Order,” “Listing here does not imply that the groups themselves advocate or engage in violence or other criminal activities, or are racist.” Quote by their rep “We’re not really set up to cover the extreme Left…. We only ever cover left-wing groups when they have a right-wing component,…

    And fear mongering from the left goes on. The Southern Poverty Law Center is an extreme leftist organization whose articles and policies have lead to violence.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    March 13, 2013 12:11 p.m.

    Has anybody else noticed that the people who cry out the most for gun control are protected by people carrying guns?

  • lket Bluffdale, UT
    March 13, 2013 11:56 a.m.

    the point is at gun shows you get a weapon and in thr parking lot you can sell it to a killer just like that for cash. no record is made if even sold to a criminal. the republican congress when bush was president made the law where the ATF could not track firearms sales, and only the companies that make them can track them if they want to. so the only law group in this country has no way to trck firearms. many are sold to mexican drug lords on a daily basis. they have told us this when they are arrested. the criminals have as good of weapons as the police do and murder people amost every day. we cant enforce our laws we have now. when we went into Iraq without a clue and did not take the ak 47s the people fired in the air upon occupation we lst our men like crazy.

  • Anti Bush-Obama Washington, DC
    March 13, 2013 11:38 a.m.

    What an elitist hypocrite. He doesn't want the general population to have assault rifles but he thinks he's above evrybody else. He thinks he's better than everybody else.

  • m.g. scott LAYTON, UT
    March 13, 2013 10:37 a.m.

    The only gun control that would work is to get rid of all guns in the hands of private owners, and to enforce that with the most un-constitutional 4th amendment violations immaginable. Plus, the borders would have to be secured like a TSA line at the airport. Are you Liberals ready for that? If you think otherwise, let's hear how you control guns in America. Law, regulations, background checks, waiting periods, clip sizes, bullit restrictions, ect. ect. ect. will not work any more than Orkin can get rid of all the insects in the country.

    March 13, 2013 9:57 a.m.

    @One Old Man - When your family is attacked by people that do not care about background checks and increased restrictions of gun ownership - I wonder if you will wish you had something to defend you and your family! Ask Australians how it has worked for them to have guns taken away. They have reported increased crimes with guns and they can not protect themselves and their properties. Criminals do not follow gun laws regardless of how much you say these laws will control. Chicago should be the case study on most restricted gun laws and yet the most crimes with guns. How do you reconcile?

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    March 13, 2013 9:16 a.m.

    You are welcome one old. My pleasure but you missed the point completely!

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    March 13, 2013 9:04 a.m.

    MM - thanks. You just proved my point.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    March 13, 2013 8:57 a.m.

    @ one old man. The message to be learned here is that even liberals know gun control laws are useless! Congratulations Mr. Kelly! Had you been packing that sad day when your wife and others were attacked, you probably could have saved her and others!

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    March 13, 2013 8:38 a.m.

    He's illustrating a serious point. Now we all need to duck because of the rocks being tossed by gun-toting paranoids.

    In the meantime, the number of anti-government hate groups is multiplying rapidly. Check postings by the Anti-Defamation League and Poverty Law Center.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    March 13, 2013 8:33 a.m.

    I think that the mentality of every one could get past the emotional feelings and look at the problem that will put a gun in a hand of some one. Besides the gun isn't the only way for some one to do a bad thing.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    March 13, 2013 7:59 a.m.

    Mr. Kelly still doesn't have the rifle. There's a 20 day wait period by a responsible gun shop.
    Not so easy to get, is it?
    But he did buy a .45 pistol. He's keeping that.
    This is a political move by a two-faced liberal.