Former CIA, NSA directors, retired generals, launch gun control group

HaydenFormer directors of the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency, as well as several 3- and 4-star generals and admirals have launched a new effort to control the sales of guns in the United States. The effort is certain to attract attention after last weekend’s deadly mass shooting in Orlando, Florida. The group, which calls itself Veterans Coalition for Common Sense, is led by former CIA Director David Petraeus, former CIA and NSA Director Michael Hayden, and US Army General (ret.) Stanely McChrystal. The group’s advisory committee includes recognizable figures such as that of Admiral Eric Olson, who led US Special Operations Command from 2007 to 2011 and was the first US Navy SEAL to be appointed to four-star rank. Other advisory committee members include high-ranking veterans from every branch of the US Armed Forces, such as R. Adm. Jamie Barnett, Brig. Gen. Stephen Cheney and Air Force commander Lt. Gen. Norman Seip.

The group was formally launched at a press conference in Washington, DC, on Friday, just hours before Sunday morning’s mass shooting in Orlando. The organizers of the new effort said it came out of the 120,000-member strong Veterans for Responsible Solutions, a project spearheaded by USN R. Adm. Barnett in 2013, after the mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, which killed 15 people. Another group that has offered support for the new effort, and will act as its parent organization, is Americans for Responsible Solutions, a non-profit organization that promotes gun control in compliance with the US Constitution. It was founded shortly after the 2012 shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtwon, CT, which killed 28. The organization’s founders are former NASA astronaut Mark Kelly and his wife, Gabrielle Giffords, whose Congressional career was cut short in January 2011, after she and 18 other people were shot in Tucson, AZ.

During their press conference on Friday, Veterans Coalition for Common Sense leaders said each had “swore an oath to protect our Constitution and the homeland”. But they were now “asking our leaders to do more to protect our rights and save lives”, they added. The group said they aimed to encourage their elected representatives to “do more to prevent gun tragedies”, including closing legal loops on gun background checks, strengthening gun control laws more broadly, and focusing on the mental health component that appears to be part of many mass shootings. In a separate development, another former Director of the CIA, John McLaughlin, said on Monday that “an assault weapons ban makes sense, at least to me”. In an interview with news site OZY, McLaughlin said that, in his personal view, “it is way past time for an assault weapons ban”.

Author: Ian Allen | Date: 14 June 2016 | Permalink

4 Responses to Former CIA, NSA directors, retired generals, launch gun control group

  1. william Grubbs says:

    During the 1992 Rodney King Riots, 55 civilians were killed & estimated 2,000 were injured. Civilians called 911 but nobody came, the ones with semi automatic rifles (Korean Home/Business owners) were saved the rest were murdered or injured. 8 were killed by police & 2 were killed by national guard. Today multiple killers used in home invasions are not uncommon & here in California we’re often told when the Big Earthquake hits, there won’t be any 911 for several days, we need to have food & drinking water & be able to defend ourselves against mobs that want our food & water. The Bushmaster is an excellent tool kill multiple targets, but you need to be trained & practice like some of us home fire drills. Thanks.

  2. Jack Podolski says:

    The negative elements will always be able to get weapons . And as it appears to get worse and worse the best defense are armed citizens. I never thought I would say this but I see the pattern.

  3. MDC says:

    Absolutely Agree!
    The best defense are armed citizens!

  4. dancerboots says:

    As we hear and read…protecting the gun is so much more important than moving toward protecting the public from the epidemic of guns deaths…
    While they form their imaginary fears of a tyrannical government, an apocalypse or Muslim terrorists (the others not so much), the real tyranny occurs when we have a government where one man can prevent 99 others from advise and consent of a Supreme Court Judge because the NRA will be the decider. The terror is not knowing if your loved one may be next…if they succeed.

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