LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. - Gun advocates are calling for background checks on dogs after former astronaut Mark Kelly’s daughter’s dog killed a baby sea lion.
Kelly, the husband of wounded former congresswoman Gabrielle "Gabby" 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.