Former astronaut and gun control advocate Mark Kelly said the political results of activism after the massacre at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, “could be different“ than the results of previous mass shootings.
Kelly, who founded the gun control group Giffords with his wife, former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, said Sunday the group had made some progress in passing state-level laws since the deaths of 27 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, but had been stymied at the congressional level.
“These young people seem quite motivated and they realize that they have dealt a incredibly difficult set of circumstances, have been put in a horrible position, Kelly said on ABC’s “This Week,“ adding: “They want to see change. So that’s why I think this could be different.”
Kelly’s comments came the day after the March for Our Lives, which drew millions of protesters in Washington and at satellite marches across the country, to advocate for gun control measures after the Parkland massacre. That Feb. 14 shooting left 17 people dead.
Kelly also told Martha Raddatz he believed President Donald Trump would sign gun control legislation if it was passed “fast.”
“I’m hopeful that if we could get Congress, get the House and Senate to pass some sensible legislation, we get it to his desk,” Kelly said. “I think there’s a pretty good chance he might sign it.”