Capt. Mark Kelly and his wife,
shooting victim and former
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords,
are on a mission to enact
stiffer gun control laws
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from a private seller or through a gun
show with no requirement for a background check. I suspect that is where the
criminals are going.
Journal: With your wife, former Rep.
Gabrielle Giffords, you’ve campaigned
across the country and on television for
tougher gun control laws. What are your
key goals for this campaign, and how
realistic do you think these goals might
be in terms of policy changes?
in schools. What would help is to make it
much more difficult for criminals and the
dangerously mentally ill to get a gun.
If we combined that with more help for
the mentally ill, we wouldn’t have these
regular occurrences at such a high rate.
In advance of his speech at the
American Association of Community Colleges’ 93rd Annual Convention in San Francisco, April 21 at
noon, we asked Kelly about that
effort, the continued threat of guns
in our schools, and what it will take
to keep our campuses safe.
Journal: Is it possible to make a college campus truly secure when so many
students and members of the community
come and go every day?
Journal: As someone whose life has
been affected by gun violence, can you
explain how you look at this issue and
why it is a growing crisis in our nation?
Kelly: We have a very good chance of
passing a bill that will require a universal
background check and curb gun trafficking. This would be a positive step in the
Kelly: This is a complicated problem and
there isn’t going to be one solution that
will make it “truly secure,” but there are
some common sense things that we can do.
Kelly: It is a growing crisis because we
have made it very easy for criminals and
the dangerously mentally ill to get guns.
Forty percent of all guns are bought
Journal: What do you think can be,
or should be, done to stem the rising tide
of gun violence in schools?
Journal: In addition to tougher gun
control laws, what other steps can students, teachers, parents, and others take
to ensure safety within our institutions
Kelly: One thing that we all can do is to
report suspicious and dangerous behavior
to school administrators, security, and
mental health authorities. Too often this
information is ignored and only in hindsight do we realize that something could
have been done.
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Journal: Does the threat of violence on
campus prohibit students from reaching
their potential? How do we put the focus
back where it needs to be—on learning?
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Kelly: The focus does need to be on
learning, and it is up to elected officials
and school administrators to take proactive, common-sense steps to make our
campuses safer. The students should be
focused on their educations and shouldn’t
have to be worried about their own safety.
Congress must pass some responsible gun
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