Joe Scarborough Says Newtown Has Made Him Rethink His Pro-Gun Stance

“… We have become so gun loving, so blasé about home-grown violence that in my lifetime alone, far more Americans have been casualties of domestic gunfire than have died in all our wars combined…

I’ve always taken a Libertarian approach to Hollywood’s first amendment rights, and gun collectors second amendment rights, and i stood by those libertarian beliefs after columbine, after aurora and after Arizona. Those young men who slaughtered innocents were crazy after all, and they would have found another way to klil their victims if their guns of choice were not available…I knew that day that the ideologies of my past career were no longer relevant to the future that I want, that I want for my children.”“I knew that day that the ideologies of my past career were no longer relevant to the future that I want, that I demand for my children. Friday changed everything. It must change everything. We all must begin anew and demand that Washington’s old way of doing business is no longer acceptable. Entertainment moguls don’t have an absolute right to glorify murder while spreading mayhem in young minds across America. And our Bill of Rights does not guarantee gun manufacturers the absolute right to sell military-style, high-caliber, semi-automatic combat assault rifles with high-capacity magazines to whoever the hell they want.

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.”

–MSNBC “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough on how the Newtown tragedy has made him reconsider his pro-gun stance. Scarborough was a four-term Congressman, who received the NRA’s highest rating while in Congress. Scarborough also holds violent pop culture and films accountable for the rash of recent shootings, though I disagree on the power of their impact. Nevertheless, it’s powerful to see that while some pro-gun lobbyists are digging their heels in even deeper, others are reconsidering a stance that has more to do with hypothetical limits on rights than with real losses of life. [MSNBC]