When it comes to talking about gun control, Virginia’s main gubernatorial candidates have missed the mark.

Democrat Ralph Northam demanded that “it’s time to take action [on gun control] and stop talking.” Republican Ed Gillespie said there will “ample time for conversations and policy discussions and politics over the course of this campaign.”

Both candidates should take a page out of Mark Kelly’s book. Kelly, a retired astronaut and husband of former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), campaigned for Northam last week with his wife. He told voters, “Don’t let anyone tell you not to talk about politics when we talk about guns.”

Kelly’s right: We should be having a conversation about the politics of gun control. A real conversation.

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