It’s been quite some time since Larry Pratt said that legislators should be afraid of getting shot by angry constituents, but that quote came up in a Rolling Stone article this week. Mark Kelly, husband of Gabby Giffords, who was shot by a constituent, understandably takes issue with Pratt’s horrifying statement.
The comments attributed to Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, drew a rebuke from the husband of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), whose promising political career was cut short by an assassination attempt 3½ years ago.
“No matter where you stand on policies that reduce gun violence, Larry Pratt’s view that our leaders should live in fear of gun violence is an affront to all responsible gun owners, Gabby and me included,” Mark Kelly said.
Giffords suffered a traumatic brain injury in a 2011 mass shooting in Tucson, Ariz., and continues to recover. She and Kelly now run a political action committee supporting gun controls.
The comments attributed to Pratt – about politicians fearing violence – are in the new issue of Rolling Stone magazine.
“You know, I’m kind of glad that’s in the back of their minds,” Pratt was quoted as telling conservative talk show host Bill Cunningham. “Hopefully they’ll behave.”
Pratt was referring to a threat reported by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan.)…
In his statement Tuesday, Kelly suggested that lawmakers should stop taking contributions from the Gun Owners of America.
“No candidate for office should accept the support of Larry Pratt’s organization again,” Kelly said.
Well that isn’t gonna happen. If they aren’t bothered by his many other extremist and vile statements or his association with white supremacists, they aren’t going to find a conscience now.