Gen. Petraeus, Astronaut Mark Kelly Form Gun-Control Group They want stricter background-check laws By Michael Harthorne, Newser Staff Posted Jun 10, 2016 2:48 PM CDT 201 comments Comments Retired astronaut Mark Kelly walks with his wife, former US Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, during an event at an elementary school in May. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Newser) – Former CIA director Gen. David Petraeus and former astronaut Mark Kelly have teamed up to create a new gun-control group, the Hill reports. The Veterans Coalition for Common Sense was announced Friday with the goal of implementing tougher rules for background checks and reducing suicides among veterans. "[Veterans] have a lot of firearms training and they know the power and the consequences of firearms, and they understand that easy access to firearms makes our communities less safe and schools less safe and kids less safe," Kelly tells the AP. Kelly is married to former Rep. Gabby Giffords, who was shot and seriously injured in 2011. Adm. Thad Allen, another member of the new gun-control group, tells the AP the country needs to take “commonsense steps that keep guns out of the wrong hands, protect the Second Amendment rights of responsible people, and save lives."