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Senator Joe Manchin, Other Gun NRA Backers Agree Its Time For Gun Control Debate

Senator Joe Manchin, Other Gun NRA Backers Agree Its Time For Gun Control Debate

Senator Joe Manchin is joining a number of other NRA supporters and gun rights advocates who seem to be ready to discuss gun control measures in the wake of Friday’s school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, has been one of the party’s strongest supporters of the National Rifle Association. But in the wake of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School that claimed 26 lives, Manchin said he is ready to have a “sensible, reasonable” debate about gun control.

“It’s time to move beyond rhetoric. We need to sit down and have a common-sense discussion and move in a reasonable way,” Manchin said in an interview on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Monday.

“Everything has to be on the table,” he later added. A gun owner himself, Manchin noted that he just returned from a deer hunting trip with family.

Manchin becomes first senator with an “A” rating from the NRA to speak publicly in the wake of the Connecticut school shooting, The Huffington Post noted. On Sunday, NBC’s David Gregory reached out to all 31 senators in favor of gun rights, but said all turned down his request to appear on Meet the Press.

Joe Manchin said on Monday that assault rifles are not needed for hunting.

“I don’t know anyone who in the hunting or sporting arena that goes out with an assault rifle. I don’t know anybody that needs 30 rounds in the clip to go hunting,” Manchin said. “I mean, these are things that need to be talked about.”

Joe Manchin is not the only gun rights supporter to change his tune. MSNBC host Joe Scarborough noted that he can no longer oppose gun control. A former conservative member of congress, Scarborough said he no longer supports the right to buy assault rifles:

“I knew that day that the ideologies of my past career were no longer relevant to the future that I want, that I demand for my children. Friday changed everything. It must change everything. We all must begin anew and demand that Washington’s old way of doing business is no longer acceptable. Entertainment moguls don’t have an absolute right to glorify murder while spreading mayhem in young minds across America. And our Bill of Rights does not guarantee gun manufacturers the absolute right to sell military-style, high-caliber, semi-automatic combat assault rifles with high-capacity magazines to whoever the hell they want.

“It is time for Congress to put children before deadly dogmas. It’s time for politicians to start focusing more on protecting our schoolyards than putting together their next fundraiser. It’s time for Washington to stop trying to win endless wars overseas when we’re losing the war at home … For the sake of my four children and yours, I choose life and I choose change.”

Joe Manchin will have a chance to have the gun control debate in the near future, the Los Angeles Times noted. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat from California, said on Meet the Press that she intends to introduce legislation at the beginning on the new term of Congress.

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4 Responses to “Senator Joe Manchin, Other Gun NRA Backers Agree Its Time For Gun Control Debate”

  1. John Dahodi

    Guns can now be carried concealed in 49 U.S. states and openly in 43 states. Anyone can purchase guns at gun shows where background checks are not required. In many states, guns can be carried into the everyday places where we live – in restaurants, offices, supermarkets, schools, libraries among other public places. It is insane to allow such inhumane, barbaric and uncivilized laws to continue any more. Not only simple guns but assault and automatic rifles and fire arms which can kill 20 human beings in 2 minutes are allowed in few minutes or few days in broad day lights. A time has come not only to ban assault rifles but (i) keep an FBI informant on each gun shop and gun booth to watch and screen who is buying guns and for what purpose and what kind of mental health and family background he/she possess. (ii) No more than one gun license should be allowed (iii) The gun owners must be asked to take yearly class to prevent mis-use of guns. (iv) Also gun owners must take insurance for any accident or misuse (v) Transfer few billions of dollars from homeland security and war on terrorism to spend on these programs.

  2. Anonymous

    I saw your interview on CNN stating that no children, anywhere in the world should be slaughtered. I had to laugh, as not to cry at the enormity of your deceit and hypocrisy.

    Every day you send drones to Pakistan to murder children. Watch the following you tube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4PgpbQfxgo during which, Madeleine Albright commends the murder of 500,000 Iraqi children.

    Instead of attempting to control or confiscate guns from the citizens of the U.S. you should stop the use of your vicious weapons of mass destruction that you deploy against innocent children every day. Little children torn to pieces, blown apart, bleeding, suffering and dying because you love war, death, murder, blood and suffering; and especially all the money you make from it.

    I seriously doubt that you, other politicians or Obama of the crocodile tears give a damn about those poor little kids in Connecticut. This is a great excuse to push your hidden agenda of gun confiscation.

  3. Greg Coront

    John, have you ever been to a gun show? Do you have a clue about how you buy a gun at a gun show? There is only one way to buy a gun at a gun show , without going thru the national back ground check. It has to be a private sale, for one person to another, without any gun dealer involved. Most shows forbid this type of transaction, it is against state and federal laws. In most cases if you are seen doing this, you will be told to leave the building. None of the gun dealers can sell a gun of any kind without doing the proper paper work. So enough of the gun show loop hole, it just doesn't happen very much. It is much easier to just buy a gun on the corner in any area you can find one, now that is a real problem criminals with, and selling stolen guns. That is a problem, nobody wants to deal with, a felon can't own or be in possesion of any kind of fire arm. Why don't judges even enforce this law, and send them to jail? Why don't the judges enforce that no one under the age of 21 can own or be in possesion of a hand gun? Half the gang members are felons and under 21, they all have guns and judges don't care. Lets find some tough judges and enforce the laws we have before you go after the normal 99.9% of lawful gun owners. Just cause you don't like guns don't take mine away. If this country is so horrible move to one that you like our border are still open both ways.