- As more time passes post-Newtown, Americans' appetite for stricter gun laws drops
- Kelly Stymied on Gun Purchase
- Jim Carrey Mocks Gun Owners in online Spoof
The owner of a Tucson gun store where former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' husband purchased a semi-automatic rifle has canceled the transaction.
Doug MacKinlay said Monday that a full refund was sent to Mark Kelly via express mail because the former astronaut didn't plan to keep the AR-15-style rifle for his personal use.
Kelly bought the gun March 5 at Diamondback Police Supply, saying he wanted to show how easy it is to buy an assault weapon. He planned to turn it in to Tucson police.
MacKinlay tells The Arizona Daily Star he terminated the transaction Thursday before Kelly could take possession of the firearm.
Giffords, an Arizona Democrat, was among 13 people wounded in a January 2011 shooting outside a Tucson supermarket that left six others dead. Kelly and Giffords recently started a gun control advocacy group.
Kelly, who couldn't be reached for comment, had said he bought the AR-15 to show how easy it is to buy an assault weapon and planned to turn it in to Tucson police, the newspaper points out..
CBS Poll: Support for Tough Gun Control Wanes
Soon after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., announced an assault weapons ban would not be part of a gun control bill, a new CBS News poll shows support for stricter gun control laws overall has dropped since the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Currently, support for stricter gun control laws stands at 47 percent today, down from a high of 57 percent just after the shootings. Thirty-nine percent want those laws kept as they are, and another 11 percent want them made less strict.
Partisans hold different views on gun control laws: 52 percent of Republicans want the laws kept as they are, while 66 percent of Democrats want stricter laws (down from 78 percent in February). Half of gun owners themselves want gun laws overall kept as they are, but a quarter call for stricter laws.
Women (55 percent) are more likely than men (39 percent) to want stricter laws, as are those living in the Northeast. Only 44 percent in the Midwest and South want stricter laws; 47 percent in the West.
This poll was conducted by telephone from March 20-24, 2013 among 1,181 adults nationwide. Phone numbers were dialed from samples of both standard land-line and cell phones. The error due to sampling for results based on the entire sample could be plus or minus three percentage points. The error for subgroups may be higher. This poll release conforms to the Standards of Disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls.
Jim Carrey spoofs anti-gun control advocates in "Funny or Die" sketch
Jim Carrey has taken a shot at gun enthusiasts.
The 51-year-old Hollywood actor appears in a new skit for the sketch comedy web site "Funny or Die" satirizing actor Charlton Heston's love for firearms.
Heston, who died in 2008 at the age of 84 from symptoms related to Alzheimer's disease, served as the head of the NRA from 1998-2003.
In the new "Funny or Die" sketch, Carrey plays both Heston and a member of a twisted country music band performing on "Hee Haw," the popular CBS variety show from the 1970s.
As the lead singer of "Lonsome Earl and the Clutterbusters," Carrey sings the parody song "Cold Dead Hand," with lyrics like "The angels wouldn't take [Heston] up to heaven like he planned/Because they couldn't pry that gun from his cold dead hand."
The "Funny or Die" video ends with Heston accidentally shooting his foot off, much to the amusement of Lonesome Earl's band-mates (among them Abraham Lincoln) and the "Hee Haw" studio audience.
The song's title and lyric come from a speech Heston gave to the NRA during the 2000 presidential election in which he infamously declared that gun control supporters would have to take his firearms away from his "cold dead hands."
The "Cold Dead Hand" song is available for purchase on iTunes.
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