This is a story that simply won't go away. Mark Kelly, the hypocrite, the well-intentioned fellow (and husband of hypocrite Gabby Giffords) who just wanted to buy a gun or two for himself, now finds himself fully illumined as perhaps the world's most famous hypocrite. The gun store saw through his hypocrisy and terminated the transaction and returned his money.
I think the internet is a wonderful thing. Without the internet this story would have gone nowhere. No one would even have seen it. In a microcosm, the internet exposes lies, deceit, fraud and hypocrisy. It acts like a can of Bar Keepers Friend.
When it was disclosed that he purchased these firearms, and his hypocrisy was exposed, his Facebook page got more than 4,000 hits, some of them “not very supportive” according to The Blaze. Here's just one:
Joel Botello: You're an Elitist Hypocrite who thinks it's okay for you to have AR-15s and 1911 style handguns, but the general public shouldn't be allowed to. You think you're better than everyone else. You're just another worthless fame chaser, using your wife's injury as a way to make money and get you some face time.
Kelly also got his money back, along with an explanation from the gun store owner as to why he was pulling the plug on his purchase. Here's what Douglas MacKinley, the owner of Diamondback Policy Supply in Tucson, wrote on his company's Facebook page:
While I support and respect Mark Kelly's 2nd Amendment rights to purchase, possess, and use firearms in a safe and responsible manner, his recent statements to the media made it clear that his intent in purchasing the Sig Sauer M400 5.56mm rifle from us was for reasons other than for his personal use. In light of this fact, I determined that it was in my company's best interest to terminate this transaction prior to his returning to my store to complete the Federal From 4473 and NICS background check required of Mr. Kelly before he could take possession this firearm. A full refund was sent to Mr. Kelly, via express mail, on Thursday of last week.
The owner is a gentleman as well. When Kelly realized that his cover was blown and he said that he now intended to give the firearms to the Tucson police department, and now he can't, MacKinley is going to make up the difference by giving $1,295 (the value of Kelly's purchase) to the nra's Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program.
What a contrast between these two players in this story: honor and integrity versus hypocrisy.