Petraeus, McChrystal And Dozens Of Other Former Military Leaders Are Starting A New Gun Control Group. | Gradient

Petraeus, McChrystal and dozens of other former military leaders are starting a new gun control group.


Retired Gen. David Petraeus, former astronaut Mark Kelly, retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal, retired Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden and dozens of other former military leaders are coming together to form a new gun control advocacy group called “Veterans Coalition for Common Sense.” They say they’re out to urge lawmakers to do more to prevent mass shootings. Hey, at least someone is.

“As service members, each of us swore an oath to protect our Constitution and the homeland. Now we’re asking our leaders to do more to protect our rights and save lives,” Kelly said in a statement. Kelly is the husband of former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords, who suffered a serious brain injury after being shot in Tucson.

According to the statement, Veterans Coalition for Common Sense will seek to “close the loopholes in our background check laws that let felons, domestic abusers and the dangerously mentally ill buy guns without a criminal background check,” and work on “strengthening existing laws and ensuring lawmakers and stakeholders have the resources and training they need to prevent gun tragedies.”

Petraeus resigned as director of the CIA in 2011 when it was revealed he was having an extramarital affair with his biographer, Paula Boardwell. Prior to the scandal, he’d been considered a viable candidate for the presidency (according to CNN, Illinois Republican Sen. Mark Kirk still intends to write Petraeus’ name in instead of the presumptive GOP nominee).

It’s a notable coalition, and not just for the pedigree of its founding members. Petraeus is a high-profile Republican openly calling for what is generally considered to be a Democrat talking point. Kelly’s wife was a prominent Democratic representative, making this coalition about as bipartisan as it gets in 2016 America.

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