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So pardon me for being cynical that in the aftermath of the many mass shootings in our country, the gun lobby has become even more forceful and resistant to changing our gun laws for the better. Wouldn't it be a good idea to have a national discussion about how we can reduce the likelihood of another mass shooting? Shouldn't we be discussing why it is too easy for people who shouldn't get guns to be able to get them anyway? Shouldn't we be talking about prevention measures like we do about all kinds of other things that cause serious deaths and injuries in America? Instead, here is an ad put out by a young man running for the seat now held by Gabrielle Giffords. You can check out Jesse Kelly's campaign page here. While reading his information, I can see that Kelly has stated positions on many issues. Why does he need to run an ad with a poster showing himself with an assault weapon and calling himself a "Warrior"? Is this some sort of code to the extreme conservatives and gun rights activists? Does carrying a gun make someone tougher on the issues or more of a warrior than someone who does not?
What is a "warrior" anyway? Here is one definition: "Many other candidates who have served in the Military have run ( like Jesse Kelly) and some have won seats to the U.S. Congress without having to call themselves warriors or pose with assault guns. I would suggest that serving in Congress is quite different than serving in the Military.
The ad above was called to my attention when I read this blog. Thomas Davis, the author of the blog, has taken a lot of time to explain how we got to the point of even thinking that someone like Jesse Kelly, who calls himself a "Warrior" could cynically run the linked ad in running for Gabrielle Giffords Congressional seat. If the folks in Tucson have common sense, they will reject Kelly resoundingly if his name appears on a future ballot. Anyone who so boldly runs a campaign ad in the district where one of the nation's worse mass shootings occurred just 5 months ago, using a picture of himself with an assault weapon, should be sent "packing".