Another Pro-Gun Senator Says ‘Enough is Enough,’ Endorses More Gun Control

Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA)

Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA)

Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) has a long record of campaigning and governing as a friend to gun-owners and received an “A” rating from the National Rifle Association during his 2008 campaign. But in light of Friday’s horrific mass school shooting, Warner said Monday he believes it is time to pass meaningful gun control. He joins NRA-backed Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and other lifelong gun-rights advocates in saying the Connecticut tragedy changed his mind.

Warner told Virginia’s WTVR:

WARNER: I’ve been a long-time supporter of Second Amendment rights. I believe every American has Second Amendment rights, the ability to hunt is part of our culture. I’ve had a NRA rating of an “A” but, you know, enough is enough.

I’m a father of three daughters and this weekend, they all said, “Dad, how can this go on?” And I, like I think most of us, realize that there are ways to get to rational gun control. There are ways to grapple with the obvious challenges of mental illness. And the idea that we can just kind of ignore this issue — I join with the President, and I think reasonable folks in both parties, and, I think, the overwhelming majority of Americans who are gun owners, who believe that we’ve got to put stricter rules on the books.

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Warner said he is not ready to back specific legislation, but in separate comments, suggested restoring the assault weapons ban and limiting the size of ammunition clips as possible steps.