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Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) on Sunday said that stand-alone restrictions on gun control would not pass Congress unless lawmakers also addressed the broader culture of "mass violence.”



"If you're just going to say it's all about guns, and we need gun changes and bans, then you're wrong," said the West Virginia senator.

<span style="font-weight: bold">Manchin said that he and fellow Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) would sponsor a bill to initiate a "commission on mass violence” and hoped Vice President Joe Biden, who is spearheading the administration’s task force on gun violence would include it in his recommendations to President Obama.</span>.....

Manchin on Sunday said that the administration would need to listen to gun owners to push an effective solution.

“You can't just push the NRA away and the law-abiding gun owners away—they have to be at the table,” he said.

"What I would say to all of my friends in the NRA and gun owners: that there is no way they are going to take your Second Amendment rights away. That won't happen," he added. "But we have to look at how we do we cure this culture of mass violence."

Manchin also expressed concern that gun owners might be unfairly demonized in the debate over gun violence.

“In this atmosphere that we have in Washington today, there used to be guilt by association. It's almost guilt by conversation,” said Manchin, in another interview on ABC’s “This Week.”


http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-r...f-mass-violence
 
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