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December 18th, 2012
10:21 AM ET

Sen. Manchin: 'It's time to look at a responsible, reasonable approach' to automatic weapons

Conservative Democrat and NRA member Senator Joe Manchin made news yesterday when he declared that, following Friday's tragedy at Sandy Hook elementary, it's time to start fixing our gun laws and regulations.

The West Virginia Senator joins Soledad on Starting Point today to explain what has caused him to shift his stance and to elaborate on his views about automatic weapons.

"It's time to sit down. It's time to look at a responsible, reasonable approach," Sen. Manchin says. "I've been hunting all my life. Multiple clips of ten or more aren't needed. I've never gone hunting with a military assault rifle. It's not needed... so we need to question this and we need to bring the NRA in."

Sen. Manchin also stresses that gun control advocates and Second Amendment defenders should not "villainize" each other, saying that members of the NRA "are all good people who have children and grandchildren, and they're hurting and grieving too."

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  1. Dave

    ....perhaps it's time the second amendment was " updated" to reflect the modern world..... as all our laws have ..... owning,buying and selling slaves was once considered a right.... not any more..... at one time only men who owned property could vote......not any more...... at one time alcohol was banned.... not any more....... at one time segregation was legal.....not any more....... ... its time perhaps the second amendment as it not any more. ( this is just an observation from a Canadian friend

    December 19, 2012 at 8:13 am | Report abuse | Reply

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