The long-overdue national debate on gun control has begun. It took a tragedy of epic proportions to get it started, but now there is no denying that, as a nation, we'll finally get to confront this issue.
Given that, I was still surprised to see that former Republican congressman and MSNBC "Morning Joe" host Joe Scarborough has completely changed his former pro-gun stance to supporting gun control.
Politically, this may be a move that more Republicans embrace. I'm not implying that's why Joe changed his views, but there is little doubt that if these kinds of horrific tragedies continue to occur, it will have a direct and negative impact on many pro-gun candidates' election chances. It may finally be time for them to stand up to the powerful gun lobby.
Here's Joe Scarborough's heartfelt explanation: