Mark Kelly: 90% Support for Obama's 'Common Sense' Gun Control Actions
Capt. Mark Kelly said on America's Newsroom that the executive orders being issued by President Obama to reduce gun violence are common sense steps "that 90 percent of Americans support."
The husband of former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, who survived a deadly mass shooting in Tucson in 2011, said that the country has "to keep guns out of the hands of people who shouldn't have them: felons, domestic abusers, and the dangerously mentally ill."
He believes President Obama's planned executive actions to expand background checks, spend $500 million on mental health treatment and require people to report stolen guns "will have a significant difference on gun violence."
Martha MacCallum raised the concern that the orders are coming at a time when many Americans feel that they're losing freedoms to the federal government and aren't happy about it.
The former NASA astronaut and Gulf War pilot said that, as a gun owner himself who has spent a large portion of his life living in rural areas, the country should be able to have both freedom and security when it comes to gun ownership.
"I think the Second Amendment can be strong and vibrant, and responsible gun owners like myself and like my wife can own how many guns we want. At the same time, we can keep them out of the hands of criminals."
Kelly agreed with the sentiment commonly expressed by pro-gun advocates and recently echoed by Donald Trump that "it's not the gun that kills people, it's the person."
"The gun is an inanimate object," Kelly said. "But when the gun is in the hands of the wrong person it creates an environment that causes our gun violence to be inordinately high."
He said that "the laws matter" and that expanding background checks will help.
"The states with more expanded background checks, gun violence and murders are actually significantly lower. So these things, the actions the president is taking today, will have a significant difference on gun violence."
Watch the full interview above.