Gabby Gifford is an American Democratic politician from the U.S. state of Arizona. Her husband, Mark Kelly, is now urging New Yorkers to vote against Donald Trump because Trump is too pro-gun. On Monday Kelly appeared at a gun control rally at City Hall in Manhattan where he stated he was appalled by Trump’s suggestion that people can protect them selves by legally carrying concealed firearms. Both Kelly and his wife Gabby are avid gun control proponents.
One of their biggest conflicts with Trump is that he fully supports carrying a concealed weapon for self defense. Trump publicly supports the legal carrying of a concealed weapon, which is protected under the Second Amendment. He was most vocal about the issue after the June 12, 2016 Orlando Pulse nightclub attacks where 49 unarmed patrons were gunned down.
Speaking publicly in Atlanta, just three days after the attack in Orlando, Trump stated that he believes that the attack could have been prevented or the number of people killed could have been reduced if victims were carrying a concealed weapon.
Trump said: “If some of those great people that were in that club that night had guns strapped to their waist or strapped to their ankle–and if bullets were going in the other direction, aimed at that guy [for whom this was just] target practice–you would had a situation which would have always horrible, but nothing like the carnage that we as a people suffered this weekend. And, by the way, I’m going to save your Second Amendment.”
Gifford rallied at New York’s City Hall Monday to demand politicians and voters push for stricter gun laws. Gifford was shot in the head in a 2011 assassination attempt. Gifford is currently on tour, rallying for stricter gun laws, visiting 14 states and 42 cities on what she dubbed the “Vocal Majority” bus tour. Her message is, “Stopping gun violence takes courage. It takes courage to do what’s right. We must never stop fighting. Fight, fight, fight! Be bold, be courageous! The nation is counting on you.”
Mark Kelly says he was appalled by Trump’s comments that suggested that arming people for self-defense is part of the response to Orlando. Kelly said, “More guns aren’t the solution.”