Mark Kelly is a retired U.S. astronaut that many have not yet heard of. However, you more than likely have heard of his wife in the news Mrs. Gabby Giffords. She was the U.S. Rep from Arizona that was shot in Tuscon nearly 3 years ago.Ten moths ago this duo has formed a group called “Americans for Responsible Solutions”.
It is an anti-gun violence group that wishes to spend the same amount of cash in elections as the NRA. Although this group is young that have raised funds at an alarming rate, and boast that they already have some $11 million dollars raised. The task of taking on the NRA would be tough he admitted.
“You’ve got to give [gun lobbyists] a lot of credit, especially the NRA has done a fabulous job in trying to accomplish what their goals are,” Kelly said. “Our goal is to eventually have an organization that is as formidable as the gun lobby.
“The interesting thing about this issue is that we don’t have to change anyone’s mind about the policy. You just have to change their mind about the politics,” Kelly said. “You’ve got to give them the confidence that they can stay in office, and I think we can do that.”
There is some speculation that much of the funds will be donated to this group will be by Mayor Bloomberg’s anti-gun group which has seen a number of members leaving it lately.
Although Mark Kelly is relatively new, he is already being noticed. On January 30th of this year he testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington on Capital Hill in regards to gun violence.