Many Pennsylvania lawmakers' well-established resistance to stricter gun-control laws continued to shift Thursday as calls for action grew following last week's deadly Newtown, Conn. school shooting.
U.S. Sen. Bob Casey Jr. was the most prominent commonwealth political figure to back away from a rigid gun-rights position.
In a brief, but reflective telephone interview with The Patriot-News Thursday, Casey said he was “haunted” by the images of the shooting, and that his wife Terese' reaction prompted his change of heart.
“My wife, she said 'You're going to have to vote on this'. How can you continue to support the concept?',” Casey said. “I knew I'd be facing a vote, and she was confronting me, and made me think. Being challenged by people that I love very much, sometimes human emotion, and outrage, and your own reaction can provide more clarity.”
As a result, the conservative Scranton Democrat, who does not own a gun, said he now favors President Barack Obama's effort to ban assault weapons and magazines that carry large quantities of ammunition.
Who among those that pay attention EVER believed that Casey supported gun rights, the 2nd amendment, or the constitution in the first place?
He only spent enough time acting like it was a struggle so he could continue to buffalo idiots into thinking he supported the 2nd amendment in the first place.
Way to stand up for the constitution Bobby.