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Manchin: Time to move past gun rhetoric

Published by Tim McNulty on .

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin -- he of the notorious ad where he shot a cap-and-trade bill with a rifle, who addressed the NRA convention here in Pittsburgh in 2011 -- is among those saying changes need to be made to gun laws after Friday's school massacre in Connecticut.

From Politico:

West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin — who has an "A" rating from the NRA and is a lifetime member of the pro-gun rights group — said Monday that it was time to "move beyond rhetoric" on gun control.

"I just came with my family from deer hunting," Manchin said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." "I've never had more than three shells in a clip. Sometimes you don't get more than one shot anyway at a deer. It's common sense. 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, who declined to say what specific restrictions he would support, said the NRA should have a role in the debate over legislative changes to gun law.

“I want to call all our friends in the NRA, sit down and have this discussion,” he said. “Bring them into it. They have to be at the table. We all have to.”

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