Worse Publicity Stunt: Mark Kelly or Diamondback Police Supply?

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Mark Kelly's attempted purchase of an AR-15 rifle.
In a battle of gun-related publicity stunts, neither Gabrielle Giffords' husband Mark Kelly nor Tucson gun shop Diamondback Police Supply really proved their point.

Kelly bought an AR-15 rifle, claiming that he was just experiencing the process of buying one, but now the gun shop says it's actually not going to give it to Kelly, since Kelly claimed he was going to turn over the firearm to Tucson PD once he acquired it.

See also:
-Mark Kelly Won't Get His AR-15, as Tucson Gun Store One-Ups Kelly in Publicity Stunts

"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 then [sic] for his personal use," Diamondback Police Supply owner Douglas MacKinlay says on Facebook. "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 Form 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."

So, between the gun-lover preventing a fellow American from getting a gun, and the guy who was trying to show that it's so easy to get an assault rifle but didn't get an assault rifle, who had the worse publicity stunt here?

Cast your vote below:



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16 comments
Francisco Cortez
Francisco Cortez

Diamondback Police Supply are idiots!! Mark Kelly is a true patriot.

Mike Gray
Mike Gray

Tough call here, but I agree with the Diamondback guy...the police cannot be trusted with AR-15s.

Justin Yentes
Justin Yentes

Did anyone actually believe Kelly's backpedaling story about the "example" once his blatant hypocrisy was outed?

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

as i said before, i see what Kelly is trying to do, but it was a poorly executed plan. I am a gun enthusiast and supporter, but believe there needs to be some changes made. the gun shop owner (in my opinion) isnt doing anything wrong. he has the right to refuse any sale for any reason, and it looks like he is doing it for the simple reason that he refuses to be made Mark's example. there is nothing wrong with what he did, the same as there is nothing wrong with what Mark tried to prove. the only difference is that where Mark rashly made a plan and acted on it, the gun shop owner thought about it and made a well thought out response.  this is why Mark should have thought it out better before acting, his plan made his intent to demonstrate the ease of the purchase look quite the opposite and made the gun shop owner look to be good example of discretionary judgement on sales

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

Mark Kelly is not prohibited from possessing firearms, so his point is...? Even if what he did is pointless, the gun shop still should have delivered the gun. From then on, Kelly could do whatever he wants with it. A better experiment would have been to purchase an "assault weapon" and a high-capacity magazine at a gun show or maybe from a private seller. If there was anything un-kosher concerning the buy, then Kelly could have made some political hay. But no. What was he thinking?

Comanche_Moon
Comanche_Moon

If you want gun control go to Mexico. Wait, our government gives guns to criminals there. I guess that wont work. 

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@danzigsdaddy cant agree on this one bud...first, this whole thing is fucked up..the man has taken a stand for something, and its not widely popular so hes getting criticized for his every move...hardly the first time thats happened. Second, can anyone show a time in his past where he has been dishonest, or has been anything other than an upstanding citizen? I fail to see how that changes now. Third, there is obviously a smear campaign being built against them for their stance...take the pic that was cropped for example. Again, its nothing but politics and business as usual. Think what you want, but I for one will not criticize someone for taking a stand against gun violence, especially when they know what kind of heat and hate it will bring upon them...some call it a stunt..i call it courage in the face of adversity (ps that was more a general comment, not directed really at you..lol just dont have time for multiple comments today)

azcumsquelcher
azcumsquelcher

@danzigsdaddy If Mark was really trying to prove something, like how easy it is to walk away from a gun store with an AR-15, wouldn't he have purchased a new rifle? By purchasing a used rifle, he had to wait 20 days before he could legally possess the gun, where as if the gun were new, he could have possessed it on the same day of the sale. It seems more likely that Mark Kelly never had the intention of making this a public spectacle, rather he was observed and photographed behaving in a contradictory manner and has since been forced to back-peddle and create excuses for what he tried to buy.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@david_saint01  David, maybe you are reading me wrong here. I am not knocking on Mark for what he was trying to do (although it is not my side of the gun argument, I give him credit for taking his stance, especially on a topic as heated as this), I am just saying that if he wanted to make a point like he was trying, he should have planned it better so it would have looked more credible. the execution of his plan left too many people with too many questions as to the validity of his excercise (I believe him though) which did not  help him prove his point. I try to be fair and reasonable in my enthusiasm of guns, and will hear out people like Mark and Gabby who have personally had their lives altered or damaged through firearms. I mean no disrespect towards him, I just firmly believe that he should have planned it out more before doing it. and also, even though he is on the other end of the gun argument than I am, we do have a lot of similar complaints, and i do respect him for taking the stance he has. he is giving voice to many victims who arent as newsworthy as he is, and so he is helping their plights be heard

azcumsquelcher
azcumsquelcher

@david_saint01 Points 1, 2 & 3 do nothing to disprove or even diminish what I'm saying. Mark Kelly arranged to purchase a used AR-15 as a "publicity stunt" and decided to delay the public announcement of his little project until several days after the fact. In addition, because the gun was used, it could not have been carried out of the store on the same day. Why not buy a new one and actually prove how easy it is for a law-abiding citizen to buy currently-legal guns? Instead he ended up proving to us how difficult it can be to obtain an AR-15, how lengthy and rigid the background check process is, and the fact that you can be forced to wait weeks to receive your weapon and even be denied a purchase at the seller's discretion... What the hell was this guy thinking? Honestly, if you believe this was really some type of candid-camera activism Mark Kelly had concocted, then something must be wrong with you. Either that or you refuse to see your gun-control poster boy cast in a negative light. Mark Kelly is the new James Brady and you better bet he'll lie his ass off to preserve this moment in the spotlight for as long as possible. He should have stuck to flying spaceships 

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@danzigsdaddy my bad if i misinterpreted. I see your point, but just dont think it should be necessary to pre plan something like that..im also frustrated because here we have a man who up until this point has done nothing negative or give cause for such speculation..yet, he wades into a controversial issue and all the sudden hes got character flaws..i call that bs. None are directed at your personally though my friend, just venting my opinions more or less..

azcumsquelcher
azcumsquelcher

@david_saint01 @azcumsquelcher so if it's not a stunt, then it was a cover-up. Mark Kelly is the one proclaiming this was supposed to be a publicity stunt (I use the term "stunt" loosely, he would phrase it differently), that his gun purchase was to show the public how easy it is to obtain an assault weapon and how quickly it could be done. It's not me who thinks this was an unfortunately planned and executed activist project, rather, I firmly believe that Mark Kelly wanted that AR-15 for himself and not one person would have heard about it had it not been for Breitbart's website and the people who first brought attention to this (not Mark Kelly btw)

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@azcumsquelcher @david_saint01 what MCSO and arpaio do are publicity stunts..this is a far cry from it, and ive yet to see one person provide ample evidence (not speculation) that it was intended to be a stunt..just saying, many are throwing around the accusation without anything but conjecture to prove it


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