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Mark Kelly: US schools 'absolutely' should be hardened

Mark Kelly: US schools 'absolutely' should be hardened
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Gun control advocate Mark KellyMark KellyArizona governor signs controversial election bill into law Ex-McSally aide pleads guilty to stealing over 0K in campaign funds Bowser on Manchin's DC statehood stance: He's 'not right' MORE said on Sunday that American schools “absolutely” should be hardened with stricter protective measures.

“Absolutely,” Kelly, a former astronaut and co-founder of gun control advocacy group Giffords, told “Fox News Sunday,” when asked if schools should implement metal detectors and restricted access areas in an effort to prevent school shootings. 

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Kelly is married to former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.), who survived an assassination attempt while she was a member of Congress. His remarks come days after 10 people were killed in a shooting at a Texas high school on Friday

While Kelly said schools should have increased security, he also argued that the U.S. must prevent dangerous individuals from obtaining a gun.

“We should make it more difficult — I mean figure out a way to prevent people coming in the door with a firearm,” Kelly said. 

“At the same time, make sure that that irresponsible person can’t get the gun in the first place.”

Just before Kelly’s appearance on the show, incoming National Rifle Association (NRA) President Oliver NorthOliver Laurence NorthIs vaccine diplomacy the new 'soft diplomacy'? NRA head says in newly revealed recording that legal troubles have cost group 0 million Filing shows pay for top NRA officials surges as key program spending declined: report MORE also pushed for metal detectors in American schools.

“You’re not going to fix it by taking away the rights of law-abiding citizens,” North told host Chris Wallace.