At least two influential Democrat Senators have changed their views on gun control and are prepared to address the subject, Mark Warner and Joe Manchin. It will be difficult for both of them to tackle the subject as they come from states with many gun users and have “A” ratings from NRA.
The time has come for educated Senators to lead the public discussion about Second Amendment rights. What do they mean? What is the purpose in our modern world? What can be done to restrict the proliferation of automatic weapons and their ammunition from terrorizing our society?
Hunters in West Virginia that use muzzle loaders and single shot rifles to hunt with won’t find much trouble from those wanting to control guns. They are not after rural users and hunters. They are after radically crazy people who believe they need assault weapons for whatever reason.
“Joe Manchin, a conservative Democratic senator and a National Rife Association member, suggested this morning that it’s time to discuss new regulations on assault weapons and that Washington needs to “move beyond rhetoric” when dealing with gun control.
“I don’t know anyone in the sporting or hunting arena that goes out with an assault rifle,” the West Virginia senator said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe show. “I don’t know anyone that needs 30 rounds in a clip to go hunting. I mean, these are things that need to be talked about.”
Manchin, who boasts an “A” rating from the NRA and is a lifetime member of the pro-gun rights group, stopped short of proposing any specific regulations but suggested that “everything needs to be on the table,” adding that “anyone saying they don’t want to talk, to sit down, to have that type of dialogue is wrong.”
“Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) has an A rating from the National Rifle Association — and a new perspective on gun control since Friday’s mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school.
“I‘ve been a strong supporter of Second Amendment rights,” Warner said Monday outside the Virginia Capitol, where he was attending an unrelated meeting. “I’ve got an A rating from the NRA. But the status quo isn’t acceptable. I’ve got three daughters. They asked me on Friday evening, ‘Dad, what are you gonna do about this?’ There’s got to be a way to put reasonable restrictions, particularly as we look at assault weapons, as we look at these fast clips of ammunition.”
Warner said his resolve to pursue a solution solidified over the weekend while attending a Washington Wizards game. Many people approached him to talk about the tragedy, in which a gunman with a military-style rifle killed 20 first-graders and seven adults.”