Gen. Petraeus Now Pushing Gun Control

Matt Vespa
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Posted: Nov 29, 2016 2:00 PM
Gen. Petraeus Now Pushing Gun Control

Gen. David Petraeus may be on the short list to be our next secretary of state, but his affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, led to him being convicted of mishandling classified information; Broadwell had access to journals of Petraeus that contained sensitive material. I’m not so sure he’s the best pick to lead the State Department. Moreover, isn’t mishandling classified information exactly what we’re trying to avoid and what we slammed Clinton for? Well, another venture Gen. Petraeus is diving into is gun control policy (via CNN):

Retired U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus, who has long resisted calls to run for political office, is teaming up with retired NASA astronaut Mark Kelly to create a new group urging greater gun control.

The two announced on Friday that they were launching Veterans Coalition for Common Sense to encourage elected leaders to "do more to prevent gun tragedies." The group will feature veterans from every branch of the military who are urging lawmakers to toughen gun laws, the organization said in a news release.

"As service members, each of us swore an oath to protect our Constitution and the homeland. Now we're asking our leaders to do more to protect our rights and save lives," said Kelly, the husband of former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and co-founder of Americans for Responsible Solutions, a group that advocates for tougher gun laws.

Veterans Affairs found that a firearm was used in the 70 percent of suicides among male service members between 2001-2011. First, I have no problem in getting suicidal veterans the help they need, but we all know how the anti-gun Left will react to this tidbit. They just can’t stop and focus on what both sides agree on. I think some good could be done regarding suicide rates of veterans. At the same time, we know that they’ll probably push for universal background checks, an assault weapons ban, and a background check for ammunition sales. Yet, with a Republican Congress, those odds of that happening are slim. Nevertheless, some serious talent is drifting into the Moms Demand side of the ring.