Mark Kelly has traveled to space and back, and since then has been just about everywhere else (including Colorado) making a case for gun control in the face of those Second Amendment supporters on the “ideological fringe.” Kelly recently lit up social media with news that he had purchased an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle — the “poster boy” of military-style assault weapons — in Arizona.

Kelly has said he was trying to prove a point about background checks, not unlike Michael Moore’s (perfectly legal) acquisition of a hunting rifle in his anti-gun movie “Bowling for Columbine.” has some questions for Kelly, though. If he was trying to prove how easy it was to purchase an AR-15, why did he purchase a used one, which would require him to wait 20 days to take possession? The owner of Diamondback Police Supply told Breitbart that Kelly hasn’t even completed the background check paperwork yet due to the waiting period.

If the purchase was just a stunt to show how easy it is to buy an assault weapon, it wasn’t very well planned. Ace of Spades has a few questions of his own, which he posed to Commander Kelly via Twitter.

Please, please let him say David Gregory.

About that background check…. What does it prove, exactly, if it works as intended and allows a law-abiding citizen to exercise his or her Second Amendment right to own a firearm?

Kelly’s been pretty quiet about the whole affair. If it was a publicity stunt, it did get publicity, but probably not the kind Kelly wanted.

  • Txgirlinnh

    Hypocrisy thy name is…any liberal ever

  • Mike G.

    Well, after CDR Kelly hands the AR-15 he purchased over to the Tuscan Police, he will then become a felon and won’t be able to buy any more guns and will also have to forfeit the other one he bougt.

  • Jedd McHead

    “If it weren’t for double standards the Left would have no standards at all.”

    • DavidKramer

      Gloom……….despair and Dem policy on me.

      • Paladin


    • WisconsinPatriot

      Wow, just WOW! That is the statement of the day!

  • RightThinking1

    Headline: ‘Naut Bought Assault Brought Naught.

    • CatHerder


  • DavidKramer

    I think it more resembles one of John Lovitz’ liar skits…………yeah, yeah, that’s the ticket…..I was going to bring the whole thing down by…………something……..yeah my background should have thrown up red flags…………..yeah

  • JustLikeAnimals

    Cdr. Kelly’s feeble explanation doesn’t pass the stink test. He’s full of s&^%$t. Just another f*&^%$g hypocrite trying to play both sides of the political fence when it comes to guns.

    Crd Kelly, if you’re going to buy a gun, then own it, and own up to it.

    He’s apparently afraid all his liberal gun-grabbing friends will disown him and his wife if they find out he was out buying their cause de jour.

    Pathetic, pandering liar.

    • ratizbad

      Homeland Insecurity(DHS) buying the military supplies against us,As it looks like.Prepare for the worst and hope for the best!!Let’s roll cats,I’m ready

  • Guest

    Comrade Kelly’s policial aspirations just blew up on the launch pad;
    he failed to realize that being an abject hypocrite and using propaganda,
    happens AFTER you get elected to office in the Progressive Socialist Movement.

  • Andy Rigo

    Cdr. Kelly, the next time your backed into a corner like this, just point and yell, “look, baby wolf!” and then run the other way. Works for me every time.

    • Spatial Awareness

      I prefer “SQUIRREL”!!. ~_^

    • AZWarrior

      Andy, maybe he should do what all liberals seem to do around here anytime they are challenged with facts and logic – turn red with rage with spit dribbling down his face, furiously typing “teabaggers! teabaggers! teabaggers! “.

      • 3seven77

        Or the tried and true, “That’s Raaacccissssttt!” But then again, he’s white….

  • TJ

    The best Irony is that when/if he hands it to Tuscon PD they will in turn sell it again. The money will be added to the general funds of the Police departmentt. The gun will be back on the street and the Cdr will be out the money.

    • RogueRose

      We have a winner…..

    • bonnieblue2A

      Most average gun owners read and understand the laws; this rocket scientist Kelly, not so much.

  • Clayton Grant

    The armed man is a citizen, but an unarmed man is a subject. The American Revolution would never have happened with gun control. If you don’t know and protect your rights, you won’t have any.

    • TomJB

      Not only that, the British soldiers at the battles of Lexington and Concord were on their way to confiscate colonists’ guns.

  • Stupid Republic

    This generation’s Sarah Brady. Face it, if some left wing loon hadn’t shot Kelly’s wife, nobody would really care who he is.

  • Jack Deth

    “A dingo ate my Bushmaster!”

    • WisconsinPatriot


  • Andy Rigo

    Cdr Kelly gets caught with his hand in the cookie jar and tries Jedi mind trick to escape. #ThisIsNotTheAR15You’reLookingFor

    • John Eastborough

      Thank god he didn’t try a Jedi Mind-Meld (TM)…

  • bidentime

    @shuttlecdrkelly Did you think no one would recognize you at the gun shop? It’s not rocket science don’t you know?

  • $1014973

    I bought a Swedish penis enlarger just for the experience

    • Spatial Awareness


    • Judy Reinhardt

      Made me laugh and I’m an old southern lady who is not suppose to do that!

  • Paladin

    Beminds me of a movie. “Seriously, baby, that’s not mine.”

  • Jim Denney

    Newsflash to Mr. Gabby Giffords … once you retire from NASA you are no longer required to be a space cadet.

  • TheKingJAK

    I have a suspicion that Commander Kelly actually enjoys owning firearms and really wanted an AR, but he is pursuing this “Anti-gun” agenda due to his wife.

  • CapitalG

    Mark Kelly is so far into this lie he is planning another gun purchase at a gun show so he can highlight the fact that selling your gun to your buddy doesn’t require a federal form. It’s no longer just a lie he told – it is a lie he is going to continue living out thru future actions.

    They let this guy command a shuttle?

  • Steve_J

    With such a muddled plan it’s a wonder he found his way back to earth.

  • $35072932

    Man arrested after fatal vacuum cleaner beating

    Police have arrested a man in California on charges that he fatally beat his wife with a vacuum cleaner in North Las Vegas.

    Another death from an Assault with a deadly Weapon.

    • RightThinking1

      They came for the Hoovers, but I didn’t own a Hoover…, then they came for the Eurekas…

  • Uli Kunkel

    is kelly still in the navy? if so, he needs knock the politcal crap off.

    • CherDash

      He’s retired.

  • FlatFoot

    Even our uber-elite NASA American astronauts — practically all of whom are current Military or former Military — are US Constitution loathing abject failure Libtards.

    Go. Figure.

  • ldwaddell

    He also bought a 1911 .45 cal simi-automatic hand gun. This is the kind of gun used in most gun crimes, a simi-auto hand gun. Shouldn’t Comoder Kelly hold a press conference and turn in his killing machine? Or does he have some sort of nefarious plan for his hand gun, like getting a concealed carry permit?

    • Insubordinate

      He also bought a 30 round magazine for the AR… go figure. No one is reporting that fact.

  • Paula A. R. DeAngelis, PhD

    It would be helpful if we stopped using the Left’s terminology. An “assault rifle” is a rifle that can switch from semi-automatic to fully automatic fire with the flip of a switch. THEY ARE ALREADY ILLEGAL .

    To the Left, EVERY “ugly gun” with a pistol grip that fires semi-automatically is an “assault weapon”. Its a lie.

  • Junie3

    Well they did start a pac to raise some money, maybe he’s afraid of getting robbed, nah. Maybe he’s just another one of those hypocrites.

  • bonnieblue2A

    Sad and disgusting that Mark Kelly uses his disabled wife as a political prop. .How is that not abuse?

    Will Kelly be charged for making a straw purchase if he continues to stick to the story about always planning to give it to the Tucson PD?

    Why don’t the federal or state gun laws ever apply to those high profile supporters of gun-bans whey they break our laws (See Bloomberg and Holder, David Gregory,…now add Kelly to the list ).

  • Raye09

    “I did it for research” seems to be the new excuse.

  • Rich

    Stupid stunt you would think but look at all the publicity he is getting.

    • Corey Dennison

      True, but not all publicity is good…

  • disqus_nkADEnvojr

    Mr. Kelly says he is an Arizona resident by showing proof of it somehow after he showed a Texas drivers license so he could pick up the pistol and not have it shipped to Texas. You are one heck of a guy to purchase an expensive rifle and say you are giving it to the Tuscon police department. You are also one heck of a guy to give Arizona income tax (you claim you are an Arizona resident.)when you don’t have to give any to Texas. Who would do that? Come on your story gets more unbelievable by the second. It does seem that you are falsifying paperwork for residency, your drivers license or your income taxes to achieve your goals. Did you lie on the federal gun form on where you reside. Are you a Texas resident at tax time and an Arizona resident when you purchase weapons?