As Rick Moran wrote two days ago, Mark Kelly was caught buying an AR-15 rifle.   Kelly, who is part of the new anti-gun offensive in the media, was busted by Breitbart’s Neil McCabe and AWR Hawkins after following up on a tip.  It seems that Kelly:

…made purchases which included an AR-15–sometimes described as an “assault rifle”–at 3:30 pm on the afternoon of March 5 at Diamondback Police Supply, 170 S. Kolb Street, Tucson, AZ.

According to McCabe, witnesses to the purchases claimed Kelly purchased “high capacity” magazines as well.

On March 6, McCabe contacted Kelly’s gun control group–”Americans for Responsible Solutions”–and on March 8 they replied that his message had been passed on to colleagues who handle press requests. Breitbart News then began investigating the details surrounding the purchase, including visiting the gun store.

Suddenly, Kelly announced on his Facebook page that he was not going to keep the AR-15, which he has yet to pick up from the store.

Days after making the purchases, Kelly wrote on Facebook:

I just had a background check a few days ago when I went to my local gun store to buy a .45. As I was leaving, I noticed a used AR-15. Bought that too. Even to buy an assault weapon, the background check only takes a matter of minutes. I don’t have possession of it yet but I’ll be turning it over to the Tucson PD when I do.

So, Kelly bought an AR-15 to prove that law-abiding citizens, like himself, could easily pass a background check, and own a so-called “assault weapon.”   You call that a master plan? Then again, it also could’ve been done to save his own skin.  He attended a gun control rally the day after his purchase.

On March 6, he [Kelly] attended a Tucson rally with his wife, former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, to “call for tougher gun-control laws.”

The rally was held at the plaza where Jared Loughner shot Giffords in January, 2011.

In covering the rally, the Los Angeles Times reported that out of all the gun control supporters, “Kelly and Giffords have emerged as top voices in the call for stricter regulations.”

Speaking at the rally, Kelly said that his wife inspires him every day. And that often, “as she heads off to therapy, the last thing she’ll” do is remind Kelly to  “fight, fight, fight” for more gun control.

It’s all good.  Mark Kelly cleared the whole thing up on CNN last night saying, “he went into the gun store with a plan to buy a .45, ‘and if we had the opportunity, to buy the AR-15 as well.” He said he didn’t ‘know the timing,’ but he and his people ‘had a plan for when [they] were going to announce it on Facebook.”

Lesson of the day: A law-abiding citizen has the right to own an AR-15 rifle for self-defense, and Mark Kelly doesn’t know what side he’s on in the gun control debate.