Mark Kelly, the astronaut husband of former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, on Thursday upbraided senators who voted against gun legislation by saying they voted “out of fear.” ”If that vote had been a secret ballot, I bet you it would have passed with 80 votes,” Kelly told reporters. He was referencing the compromise authored by Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) to expand background checks for gun buyers. It failed to advance in the Senate, with a vote Wednesday afternoon of 54 to 46.
Except we don´t have secret ballots in the Congress in this country, Markyboy. For good reason. The Senators aren´t so secret club of rulers. They have to answer to the people and the constitution as much as they would love not to. I hope they fear us and know we have a free vote (much to the chagrin of Barry Sotero) and will vote them out if they choose to infringe on the document they have sworn to protect. So Mark... go cry on someone else´s shoulder.
Well Mark, what were they afraid of? Could it be losing their seats? Don´t you think many voters are tired of having legislation with which they disagree jammed down their throats? None of what was proposed would have saved your wife. I know its hard to accept, but as an astronaut you of all people should know that doing something even if its wrong never helps the situation.
I suspect Mr. Kelly is a bit desperate about how to maintain his spotlight if there isn´t a gun bill under consideration. He can only trot his wife out or get her ghost-written op-eds into the NY Times if there is an emotional platform.
I almost wish they had passed the bill. There´s not much chance of it getting through the house and it would have gone a long way toward getting Reid out of the Senate Majority Leader position. Thinking of the won with an opposition majority in both the Senate and House for his last two years in office lifts my mood just a little.
That´s right Mark and if this was already a communist country your words would carry much more importance, but as it is, your opinion doesn´t mean squat. So go home and try to keep your head down and your mouth shut.
With all due respect left, perhaps so many liberals like you, Mr. Kelly, want stricter gun control .....
OUT OF FEAR.
The rest of us Americans prefer to live fearlessly with the assurance we can, and would, protect OURSELVES first, then call in the authorities to take our statement.
The Constitution and its Bill of Rights, of which the SECOND Amendment is - well - SECOND in the list for a reason. And it´s not sport-clay target practice. (Except that it helps improve OUR, um, GUN CONTROL.)
Mark my boy, please take your injured wife home and take care of her. Without her suffering you would never have been heard from. And puleeze quit wheeeling her in and out of situations as a smiling PROP for whatever cause you are supporting. She deserves better than her role as a prop.
I used to think astronauts were very smart people, but this guy sure argues against that assumption. What this idiot is admitting is that the American people didn´t want this and that the senators had to vote what their constituents wanted, unlike Obamacare. Kelly should go back to school and retake civics
Kelly is proving to be quite the liberal drone. He is correct, there is fear. Fear of voters who will throw these Senators out in a heartbeat. Why should they fear Kelly more than their own constituients? Secret ballots? Really? Now the voters are not entitled to know how their representatives voted? I wonder how Jeff Flake feels about being insulted and patronized by this little attention starved worm.
Honestly, really, and truthfully, nobody, and I mean nobody, cares what you think. Your opinions are distorted by tragedy and I´m sorry it happened but for the exact same reason McCain should not be president, or a senator for that matter, you should not be making any judgements either. Put a sock in it.
By the way, we are fully aware that this is not about ANYTHING other than politics.
The fear Markie Mark is that our second amendment rights will be taken away by neo-Marxists. We convey our fears to our duly electec representatives and they vote accordingly. The fear on their part is that they won´t be re-elected if they disregard our wishes. See how that works?
Mark Kelly, like Barack Obama and like an astonishing number of Leftists and liberals, does not understand how the American system of representative democracy works. Apparently this information is no longer taught in schools and universities. We have an increasing number of citizens who lack a basic understanding of how their government is designed to work and why.
I know there are those who insist people like Barack Obama really do understand the American system but are consciously and knowingly trying to change it. I disagree. Barack Obama has made too many remarks over the years that convince me that he actually does not understand the system. He is frustrated because the system prevents him from getting everything he wants - but he does not understand that this is precisely the nature of the system of divided government and the specific intent of the framers of the Constitution. Journalists and others who complain of "gridlock" similarly fail to grasp that the whole idea of divided government was to made it difficult, not easy to enact major legislation. This is called checks and balances.
Mark Kelly, I am sorry to say, is an ignoramus. Sympathy for what he and his wife have endured can only go so far. It cannot convert an ignoramus into a sensible, informed, responsible American citizen. He is an ignoramus because he cannot grasp that the function of elected representatives is to represent those who elected them. His preposterous fantasy of a "secret ballot" would be more at home in a Leninist dictatorship of the proletariat than the American system of representative government.
Mr. Kelly would better serve his wife and self if he lobbied for better laws regarding the mentally unstable. You can´t put an adult loony away unless they consent and then they can walk out whenever they want. Pfft!
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