LATELY, Mark Kelly has been looking into politicians' eyes, into their souls, and he's seen only one thing - fear.
The lawmakers, whom Kelly didn't identify, were afraid of how gun lobbyists would have reacted if the pols had backed a bill from Sens. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., to expand background checks on gun buyers.
The bill was rejected Wednesday by the U.S. Senate.
"I hope average people will remember how the vote went down today," Kelly, the retired astronaut and husband of former Arizona U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, told an audience at "Finding Common Ground: Moving Forward," a gun-violence forum hosted by the University of Pennsylvania's School of Social Policy and Practice.