Conservatives Reconsider Gun Control in the Wake of Sandy Hook School Shooting (VIDEO)

ScarboroughIn the wake of the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, America is once again talking about gun control, and it's a long-overdue conversation. We seem to be able to process when people do horrible things to grownups. But someone using an assault rifle to slaughter 20 babies? How did we ever let things get this far?

The acts of cold-blooded murderer Adam Lanza were so chilling, so horrifying to people across our nation that some people, people who have long been opposed to gun control measures, are finally starting to realize that something must change. In fact, two prominent conservatives have already publicly reversed their stances on gun control this week.

MSNBC's conservative Morning Joe host, Joe Scarborough, spoke Monday morning about how the shooting has helped him see the light on gun-control reform. His children are about the same average age as the 6- and 7-year-olds killed in the Sandy Hook slaughter.

For the sake of his children, he said, he finally chooses change:

It is time for Congress to put children before deadly dogmas. It's time for politicians to start focusing more on protecting our schoolyards than putting together their next fundraiser. It's time for Washington to stop trying to win endless wars overseas when we're losing the war at home ... For the sake of my four children and yours, I choose life and I choose change.

But is this something that's going to stick? Is he just waxing poetic in the wake of the tragedy or is he really going to change his tune and fight for reform? Only time will tell.

West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, a "proud gun owner," has also changed his tune.

"Who would have ever thought, in America, or anywhere in the world, that children would be slaughtered?" he told CNN. "You know -- it's changed me." He calls for a common-sense discussion that brings about real reform.

And we need it. There is no scenario in which any American should need a semi-automatic weapon. I don't even know how I'd get one. But it's a problem that I could get one if I wanted one. Sure, I'm an upstanding citizen. I've never been convicted of any crimes. One time a cop asked me to dump out my wine before heading onto the beach, but that's the extent of the police interventions in my life. Therefore, I could buy an assault rifle. Just because. And I think that's pretty messed up.

Sure, some people like hunting. I can support that. I can even understand wanting to have some weapons for protection if you live somewhere rural. But for those of us in cities and suburbs, guns really only bring pain and sorrow.

It sucks that it's taken 28 corpses -- 20 of them small, innocent children -- for us to have a real, adult conversation about what it means to have access to guns. And to discuss what we're so damn afraid of in the first place.

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Sarah UsedtobeZech Cone

No it hasn't. I don't like guns,don't plan on owning one ever but have no issue with people hunting with a rifle and protecting their home with a handgun. Your average citizen does not need semi-automatic or automatic guns whatsoever, in my opinion. That being said I DON'T think more gun bans are what's going to stop all of this needless violence.I also don't think you need to arm every teacher or citizen though either. Metal detectors,armed guards,better mental health care services and a much tighter and strict process of getting guns,ie, must pass mental health assessment, are all things that should be done and maybe done together can greatly reduce anything like this ever happening again.

Flori... Floridamom96

I'm sure this will come as a shock to you, but Joe Scarborough is not a conservative.

Sarah, every last thing you just suggested violates the constitution.

bills... billsfan1104

Joe is not a conservative. 

butte... butterflyfreak

I'm of the opinion that you don't bring a knife to a gun fight, so I say arm the schools! That's right, I'm of the opinion that if the First Family can have armored guards, why shouldn't OUR children be protected in the same way? I'm not suggesting that we just hand out assault rifles willy-nilly to teachers. There should be psych evaluations and gun safety courses, and of course a safe place for the guns where children won't happen across them by accident. But I also think we should educate the children about gun safety so that they KNOW the guns are not toys and that it's only for protection if anything like this should happen again. And this is coming from someone who HATES guns. I've never even fired a gun. But that's about to change. I've decided to face my fear and allow my husband to show me how to shoot. If it comes down to me going on trial or my husband being told that his wife and/or child is dead, put me on trial!

Karla C. Mulrenan

I'm not anti gun. At all. But I do think this country needs to change. The problem is not about gun control. the past shootings have happened in gun friendly places and in very anti gun places. so gun control is not the issue. The issue is the gun enthusiatic culture this country has bred. it is disgusting to glorify guns. im all for the right to bear arms but the attitude some jesus freaks conservatives have about guns its just sick. no wonder kids are killing their parents, shooting themselves and killing innocents because their parents are not educating them and are not practicing proper gun ownership. 

wamom223 wamom223

I can not believe how the Stir is beating this Gun Control dead horse thing.  Only one article talking about mental illness and even then it was seriously lacking content and you wonder why the world doesn't want to take women seriously?  Can we have a conversation about what all of these people have in common that was the catalyst of this or are we just going to continue to ignore the problem?  You know when mentally ill people don't end up killing someone else with guns they stole from someone that bought them legally they a lot of times end up living on the streets.  We make the situation worse for all parents dealing with this that don't have a bazillion dollars to get the help they really need with their children to give it to parents that refuse to work that have children with out disabilities.  Let's start talking about what we need to talk about.

Doomy234 Doomy234

Omg butterflyfreak, I am so glad somebody finally said it! A lot of times I disagree with you, but you hit the nail on the head. Politicians have tax paid protection, but not our citizens.

Also, I feel like this guy didnt really suggest taking guns or controlling them more. He just said better protection...

nonmember avatar Twillnurse

Simple, start requiring lock boxes with purchases tech is so updated we can fly to moon but can't track guns or tell when shits gonna happen make all them have to be updated with tracking devices then track them this is a start then when and if took near public place. They are locked and can not shoot disabled thee are ways and have been ways no one gives a damn to speak up and out. Law enforcement ones required to carry to protect are different story yeah I'm sure some will tear my statement up do I care no but I propose better solutions than some idiots at least I am making a possible solution.

nonmember avatar Marie

You do realize that a semi-automatic is just a weapon that fires one bullet at a time, ejecting one casing and preparing the next bullet for firing, right? It's not some exotic weapon. An example of a semi automatic is a hand gun, like a SIG or a Glock. They're ideal for home and personal security, which is why police use them. And the term assault weapon is kind of hilarious given the fact that any gun can be used to carry out an assault. What is the differentiation? So, yes. I can think of a ton of reasons I'd want to own a semiautomatic weapon.

KathyTh. KathyTh.

@wamom, I come from a very wealthy family and still can't get the proper care for my brother.  It's not a question of money. 

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