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Kelly: LaPierre should listen to NRA members on background checks

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Former astronaut Mark Kelly said Sunday that the universal background check at the heart of President Obama’s new gun control proposals has the support of gun owners such as himself and his wife, former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords — and should be supported by the National Rifle Association as well.

Mr. Kelly, appearing on “Fox News Sunday,” said he would like to see NRA Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre “listen to his membership.”

“Seventy-four percent of NRA members think [background checks are] a very reasonable thing to do,” Mr. Kelly said.

Mr. LaPierre, appearing on the same program, said background checks won’t stop criminals or the mentally ill from obtaining guns.

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David Eldridge

David Eldridge

David Eldridge joined The Washington Times in 1999 and over the next seven years helped lead the paper's coverage of regional politics and government, Sept. 11, and the sniper attacks of 2002. In 2006, he was named managing editor of the paper's website. He came to The Times from the Telegraph in North Platte, Neb., where he served as executive ...

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