Senator to fellow Dems who voted against gun control: ‘Let your position evolve’

Democratic Sen. Mark Warner on Sunday urged his congressional colleagues to allow their positions on gun control “evolve” after the latest deadly school shooting, saying “reasonable restraints” can be implemented without violating the Second Amendment.

The Virginia lawmaker lamented that mass shootings have become worse in the past 10 years and noted the cruel similarities that linked them after 10 people were gunned down last Friday at a high school in Texas.

“We have these tragedies, it feels like, once a quarter. There’s a few days of mourning, with the exception of what happened after Parkland, where there seemed to be a moment,” Warner said on ABC’s “This Week, referring to February’s shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in which 17 people were killed.

“My hope and my appeal to everyone is — let’s do an ‘all of the above,’” he said. “But please, for those folks that I work within the Congress, take a moment and let your position evolve. There are ways that we can put reasonable restraints without dramatically interfering with people’s Second Amendment rights.”

Warner, who voted against an assault weapons ban after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2013 that killed 26, called for “legitimate debate” after the Parkland shootings.

“I think it’s time for us to have a legitimate debate about restrictions on gun magazines and assault weapons,” he said. “You get into definitions, but the basic notion of these weaponized, militarized weapons need to be off our streets. And even the Trump administration took some small step this weekend on bump stocks. So I think it’s time. And I hope these kids continue to press.”

The shooter at Santa Fe High School used a shotgun and a pistol, while the Stoneman Douglas High School shooter used an AR-15-style assault rifle.

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