Manchin: Federal gun legislation must be 'comprehensive'
January 13th, 2013
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Manchin: Federal gun legislation must be 'comprehensive'

(CNN) - It can't just be about guns.

That's the message Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia expressed Sunday morning about the ongoing debate over how to prevent gun violence.

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Asked on CNN's "State of the Union" if there was enough support on Capitol Hill to pass an assault weapons ban - one focused squarely on guns - Manchin gave the idea a bleak forecast.

"An assault weapons standalone ban on just guns alone will not, in the political reality that we have today, will not go anywhere," Manchin told CNN chief political correspondent Candy Crowley.

Manchin, a strong advocate for Second Amendment rights with an "A" rating from the National Rifle Association, made headlines last month for expressing openness to changing some gun laws. The senator said the deadly Connecticut elementary school shootings had changed him.

However, he has said, any shifts in the law should complement changes in other aspects of society, whether that means mental health systems or video games or the entertainment industry.

He added: "It has to be comprehensive, Candy. And that's what I've tried to tell the vice president and I've told everybody: It has to be a comprehensive approach."

Vice President Joe Biden met with many of the stakeholders in the gun debate last week as he prepares to present a set of proposals on reducing gun violence to the president by Tuesday.

Filed under: Gun rights • Joe Manchin • West Virginia
soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Jim

    I agree

    January 13, 2013 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  2. vic , nashville ,tn

    I agree with Sen. Joe Manchin BUT
    Mental health systems, NRA will oppose under "invasion of privacy"
    Video games, entertainment industry will oppose "attack on first amendment"
    Simple we are stuck

    January 13, 2013 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    All govenrment wants to do, is take your guns, so they can have their way with the people, as in all dictatorships.

    January 13, 2013 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  4. Gurgyl

    Pass gun-control laws. Period, ignore NRA idiots.

    January 13, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  5. GayAtheist

    The NRA owns congress. What the NRA says is federal law. There is no debate.

    January 13, 2013 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  6. Name lynn

    the people is,listening an waiting on what the congress is going to do about the gun an the gun laws. Can they stop the gun from puting the guns in the wrong people hands. we the people is waiting.

    January 13, 2013 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  7. Jewels

    I saw him interviewed this morning and liked what he had to say....

    January 13, 2013 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  8. C.J.

    I think we have enough laws. However, what is needed, is enforcement of those laws: Guns, Immigration, Mental Health, Food Stamp fraud, ordered support enforcement. When they finally get enforced as much as a speeding ticket or a citation for urinating in public, then we should discuss changes.

    January 13, 2013 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  9. Jeff

    I also agree. If one person is shot by a mentally ill person using an "assault rifle", the media goes into a frenzy about banning guns. If a mentally ill mother goes crazy and drowns her kids in a bathtub, it is simply an unfortunate event that no one could have done anything about.

    Looking at deeper issues can solve violence as a whole, not just gun violence. It is no less tragic when people are killed without use of a gun, but no one wants to focus on that because there is no convenient scapegoat.

    January 13, 2013 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |