Retired Army General and former CIA Director David Petraeus has joined with retired astronaut Mark Kelly to create a new gun control group. The anti-gun group will specifically be for veterans who don’t believe in the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment and want to contribute to the liberal-progressive long-term goal of eliminating gun ownership in America.
The new anti-gun group will be called “The Veterans Coalition for Common Sense.” The group launched this past Friday, June 10th, 2016.
The organization says it will try to get more gun control legislation passed especially to prevent veteran suicides.
The group is an offshoot or variation of the two groups that Mark Kelly and his wife former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords created. The two groups were called, “Coalition for Common Sense” and “Americans For Responsible Solutions.”
Mark Prentice, communications director for the umbrella organization, Americans For Responsible Solutions said, “This is a group of leaders who support the second amendment and who believe in the rights of responsible people, law-abiding people, to own guns.”
The Coalition’s advisory committee include over 20 veterans including including another former CIA director, Michael Hayden, and retired Adm. Thad Allen.
While veteran suicide is a big problem in America with, according to the Department of Veteran Affairs, about 22 veterans kill themselves each day – experts are highly skeptical that gun control will do anything to lower this number.
This comes at a time when Gen. Petreaus is coming under additional fire now that it appears he was leaking top secret information to reporters. More on that to come in the upcoming week.
The gun control group wants to strengthen existing gun control laws, and push “background check loopholes.”