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Thu Dec 20, 2012, 06:53 AM

Sen. Bob Casey changes stance, supports new gun laws

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

WASHINGTON - Sen. Bob Casey, who has long opposed new gun laws, said Wednesday that he had changed his views in the aftermath of last week's shootings in Newtown, Conn., and would support bills to ban assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips.

In an interview in his office, the ordinarily staid Casey (D., Pa.) told The Inquirer that he was "haunted" by the images and reports of children killed in their school, and teachers slain trying to protect them. He said his wife confronted him as he reassessed the issue over the weekend.

Furrowing his brow and casting his eyes downward, Casey expressed regret that he had not reconsidered his views as starkly after earlier massacres at Virginia Tech and in Aurora, Colo.

"The power of the weapon, the number of bullets that hit each child, that was so, to me, just so chilling, it haunts me. It should haunt every public official," said Casey, who won a second term six weeks ago while touting his opposition to gun control.

Read more: http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/congressional/20121220_Sen__Bob_Casey_changes_stance__supports_new_gun_laws.html

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 07:01 AM

1. Perhaps

just perhaps, we are seeing the tipping point.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 07:53 AM

6. He just won reelection

The event is signficant, but it is no coincidence that he had his come to Jesus moment right after he got a 6 year reup.

He also is a senator.

The issue is not the senate, the issue is a House run by radical right wing jackasses.

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Response to Cosmocat (Reply #6)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 08:39 AM

7. Agreed

but, it's a huge start.

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 07:09 AM

2. If I were a public official

it would be hard for me NOT to feel I had blood on my hands.

Let's hope they get these weapons off the street sooner rather than later.

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 07:11 AM

3. They should all be made to walk through that crime scene.

 

Every last nationally elected official should have to survey that carnage firsthand. Then come back and explain why gun rights should be even less regulated.

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 07:50 AM

4. Mr. anti-abortion and birth control finally realizes that assault weapons kill people

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Response to still_one (Reply #4)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 07:51 AM

5. People don't matter, only fetuses. /nt

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Response to still_one (Reply #4)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 04:43 PM

9. Senator Casey is not anti-birth control.

...thought you might just want to know.

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Response to blue neen (Reply #9)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 05:15 PM

10. Really, then why did he vote for the blunt measure which allows any employer to deny birth control

Coverage?

That is anti-birth control thought you just might want to know

However I will concede at times one can argue he is conflicted

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Response to still_one (Reply #10)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 06:48 PM

11. I disagreed with that vote, also,

and called his office to let Senator Casey and his staff know it.

If you want to know why he voted for the measure, you could call his office and ask why. It's a fair question.

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Response to blue neen (Reply #11)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 07:05 PM

12. He isn't my senator, so I am not sure they would receptive to someone out of states. I was actually

Sincere when I said Casey is conflicted at times, and I meant that in a good way

I will also agree, at least on most social issues he is progressive

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Response to still_one (Reply #10)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 10:27 PM

15. That really doesn't make him anti birth control

 

Banning condoms or birth control pills would, and he doesn't support that.

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Response to Ter (Reply #15)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 11:50 PM

17. Perhaps, but if an insurance company decides not to cover it, that implies it, especially

When the blunt amendment does include Viagra, it is pretty anti-women as I see it

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 10:48 AM

8. Uh-huh - and in two days, he'll do a Manchin - talking about his "friends" at NRA who are "hurting"

The only variable with these assholes is the length of the chain, which dictates how much time it takes for their necks to be snapped back by their masters.

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 08:01 PM

13. Hate to say it but politicians go with whatever winds are blowing,

like they did on the invading Iraq vote.

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 08:57 PM

14. He's a Centrist wind sock, so that's not suprising.

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Response to Odin2005 (Reply #14)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 10:47 PM

16. No he's not

He's anti-choice but he's always been a strong labor backer. And good on other economic issues as well.

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