Another pro-gun Democrat who has been endorsed by the National Rifle Association told CNN Monday that he's open to looking at new legislation to tighten gun laws in the wake of the school massacre in Connecticut on Friday.
U.S. Rep. Joe Donnelly, D-Indiana, who will replace retiring GOP Sen. Dick Lugar, told CNN said he's committed to looking at legislation to address the shooting.
"You know, I'm a Dad too. My kids are a little older now, but I think of when they were 6 and 7 years old, and I think we have a responsibility to make sure this never happens again," Donnelly told CNN as he left the House floor shortly after members had observed a moment of silence for the victims.
Earlier on Monday, West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat and a longtime member of the NRA, said he's changed his position and now supports gun-control legislation.
Donnelly has broken with Democrats in the House on gun measures in the past and has earned the support of the NRA in previous campaigns for his Indiana House seat.
Asked whether he could support California Sen. Dianne Feinstein's legislation aimed at banning assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition, Donnelly didn't answer directly, but said: "I think there's a discussion beginning. I heard Senator Manchin this morning, and I think everybody's willing to listen and be part of that discussion."
"What I want to make sure is that nothing like this ever happens again. We're going to begin that discussion over in the Senate side very soon, and I'll be a part of that discussion," Donnelly said.