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Senate candidate Mark Kelly talks gun violence, immigration reform

Posted at 5:49 PM, Aug 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-15 00:25:37-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — Senate candidate Mark Kelly stopped at the Joel D. Valdez Library in downtown on Tuesday.

Kelly read his picture book, Mousetronaut, and took questions from children in the audience about his time in space.

After the reading, KGUN 9 spoke to Kelly about current political issues.

In light of the recent mass shootings, Kelly said that something needs to be done about gun violence.

"We certainly have an issue in this country, 40 thousand people dying every year from gun violence, needs to be addressed," said Kelly.

Kelly's wife, former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, was shot during the January 8th mass shooting in Tucson. Since that time, Kelly and Giffords have been vocal about gun control reform.

KGUN 9 also asked Kelly about border issues and current immigration policies.

"This is a problem that Washington, DC has failed us on for decades," said Kelly. "We've spent 250 billion dollars since the mid-80s on immigration and what have we gotten for it? We still have a problem."

Kelly is running for senate in the 2020 election. He'll likely challenge the republican incumbent Senator Martha McSally.