Courtesy of NPR:

GOP Rep. Mike Turner, who represents Dayton, Ohio, where a gunman used an assault-style weapon to kill nine people and injure at least 27, announced on Twitter on Tuesday that he now backs proposals to enact new limits on firearms.

“I will support legislation that prevents the sale of military-style weapons to civilians, a magazine limit, and red-flag legislation,” he said. “The carnage these military-style weapons are able to produce when available to the wrong people is intolerable.”

He added that he also backs so-called red-flag bills that make it so that it’s easier to identify people who could harm others. “Too often after mass shootings,” he said, “we hear there were early warning signs that were ignored.”

Turner’s statement is stunning, considering the National Rifle Association endorsed him ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.

This is welcome news.

However part of the reason that Turner had a change of heart was because of this:

This reminds me of when Republicans suddenly start supporting the LGBTQ community after one of their children comes out as gay. 

But the thing is that we cannot wait for every Republican’s child to barely escape injury before voting to outlaw assault weapons and expanding background checks. 

Perhaps they should be told that doing so now might save them from ever receiving a phone call telling them that a loved one has been killed or wounded in yet another mass shooting that they could have prevented. 

Just a thought.