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So says Joe Scarborough, firm ally of the NRA during his years in Congress.

Joe Scarborough: Newtown Shooting Made 'Ideologies Of My Past' On Guns Irrelevant

Joe Scarborough said on Monday that the massacre in Newtown had forced him to rethink his "long-held" belief about gun rights.

In a lengthy monologue, Scarborough talked about how shaken up he had been by the killing of 20 children at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday. He noted that his children's ages averaged that of some of the murdered victims.

"From this day forward, nothing can ever be the same again," he said. "... Let this be our true landmark ... politicians can no longer be allowed to defend the status quo."

What is odd is that there have been dozens of such massacres, and they were entirely predictable, given the proliferation of semi-automatic guns throughout all levels of society. And Joe is just now thinking about it?

We will get some meaningful gun legislation when somebody goes nuts and offs a bunch of children of Congressmen, when they will finally, belatedly, at last come to grips with the reality of their absrud absolutist position. It seems to take that "personal touch" for the Right to shift positions, as Dick Cheney with gay rights, or Nancy Reagan being in favor of stem cell research.

Empathy is hard, I guess.
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