EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSMANCHIN GUN STANCE
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Senator Says All Options On The Table In Response To Connecticut School Shootings
Reported by: Kennie Bass
Videographer: John Tincher
Web Producer: Kennie Bass
Also Contributing: Tim Rock
Reported: Dec. 17, 2012 5:02 PM EST
Updated: Dec. 17, 2012 5:37 PM EST
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin is a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association. The NRA has given Manchin an "A" grade for his votes on gun-related issues.
But Manchin said the country can no longer turn a deaf ear to a discussion about possibly limiting the sale of certain types of weapons and ammo.
In a campaign ad, Joe Manchin famously took aim at the president's Cap and Trade proposal, and blew a hole right through it.
But Manchin, a hunter and gun rights advocate, said everything should be on the table in response to the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Manchin said that includes whether certain types of weapons and ammunition should be limited or banned.
"Assault rifles, I guess, that were designed for the military . . . multiple round clips," Manchin said. "You know, I hunt. I've never had more than three rounds in my gun."
Manchin’s discussion is drawing criticism in some circles. Keith Morgan, president of the West Virginia Citizens Defense League, said the senator is “mentioning in the same breath of keeping all options on the table never having needed more than three rounds for hunting. And my advice to Senator Elmer Fudd is that the Second Amendment is not about deer hunting."
The WVCDL is a gun rights group. It is criticizing Manchin for broaching the subject about a ban on certain types of guns and high-capacity ammunition magazines.
"Limiting certain types of weapons is an absolute red herring," Morgan said. "It will accomplish nothing. Violence is violence and the criminally insane are the criminally insane."
Manchin wants his colleagues to sit down and talk about weapons, ammunition, mental health treatment, video games, movies and our culture which he says seems to glorify violence.
"We've got to re-evaluate who we are as a society," Manchin said.
The senator added the conversation about protecting children can be accomplished without giving up our Second Amendment rights.
Members of the WVCDL said they will demonstrate in front of the senator's Charleston office Saturday morning to show their concern and displeasure over his remarks in the wake of the Connecticut murders.
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