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Sen. Joe Manchin: Democrats Go 'Too Far' on Things They Want Banned

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By    |   Thursday, 08 October 2015 10:31 AM

Sen. Joe Manchin, whose "common sense" gun background check law failed two-and-a-half years ago, said Thursday he believes his own Democratic Party "sometimes has gone way too far on things they want to ban."

"Why don't you ban a car that goes 140 miles an hour?" the West Virginia Democrat, who has been known for years for his support of gun rights, told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program. "Why have it? You can't use it. We try to put everything in perspective."

The Manchin-Toomey bill, co-sponsored by Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Pat Toomey, was presented in 2013 following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, but failed to pass as victims' families looked on. At that time, only Toomey and three other Republicans supported the measure.

Manchin said the bill still is valid, and speaks on behalf of law-abiding citizens like himself who agree that criminals and people who have been adjudicated as being mentally ill should not have a gun.

"If we're going to protect the rights of law-abiding gun own owners, then we've got to stand up for law-abiding gun owners," Manchin said Thursday, noting that his constituents agree with him.

"If you like to go shooting, hunting, you should have that right to do it. But if you go to a gun show, don't you think you ought to know the person that wants to buy your gun? That's all."

He said that legitimately, his law shouldn't be called "gun control," as "we're not controlling your right as a law-abiding citizen to have a gun."

He also agreed that work needs to be done to reform the mental health situation in the United States, and said he is speaking with Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, who introduced the Mental Health and Safe Communities Act in August, about possibly combining the bills.

"Maybe it makes a better piece of legislation than what we have today," Manchin said. "Mental illness is an illness we don't pay much attention to."

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Sen. Joe Manchin, whose "common sense" gun background check law failed two-and-a-half years ago, said Thursday he believes his own Democratic Party "sometimes has gone way too far on things they want to ban."
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