Gun advocates criticize Kelly after daughter's dog kills sea lion

Print
Email
|

Associated Press

Posted on March 26, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 26 at 2:01 PM

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Some gun advocates have been quick to criticize former astronaut Mark Kelly, after an incident involving his daughter's dog over the weekend.

Kelly, the husband of wounded former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, has been campaigning for gun controls, including background checks for gun buyers.

On Saturday, Kelly's daughter was walking her dog on a California beach when the dog bolted, ripping the leash from her hand and fatally attacking a beached baby sea lion. Video showed Kelly's daughter and two other women struggling for several minutes to pull the dog off the sea lion. Kelly then arrived and shook the dog's head until it released the mammal, which later died.

Laguna police said they wouldn't file charges because the dog had been leashed and was legally on the beach. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration also says it doesn't expect to take legal action. Marine animals are protected by federal law.

The gun rights advocates who have commented on Kelly's Facebook page today included several who suggested that background checks be considered for dogs whose owners can't control them, or those that are a threat to the public.

%@AP Links

APPHOTO NY136: FILE - In a Jan. 30, 2013 file photo Mark Kelly testifies at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington, D.C. The daughter of former astronaut Mark Kelly was walking her dog Shiner on Goff Island Beach when the dog bolted, ripping the leash from her hand and fatally attacking a beached baby sea lion Saturday March 23, 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, file) (30 Jan 2013)

<<APPHOTO NY136 (01/30/13)>>

Print
Email
|