Area Republicans were once firmly opposed to new laws. They’re sounding a new openness since Newtown.

Jonathan Tamari, Philadelphia Inquirer 

WASHINGTON – When he was running for the Senate in 2010, Pat Toomey said his “idea of gun control is a steady aim.”

But when President Obama rolled out his plan last week to curb gun violence, the Pennsylvania Republican offered a much more nuanced response.

“Second Amendment rights are important to many Pennsylvanians and must be protected,” a Toomey statement read. “But there may be areas of agreement with the White House that can be addressed to improve public safety.”

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