3 years, 6 months ago
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said Monday that he opposes an assault weapons ban.
Speaking on MSNBC, Manchin, who has an “A” rating from the National Rifle Association and in December called for federal action to reduce gun violence, said he thinks there’s a better way to reduce mass shootings without introducing new restrictions for gun owners.
“I do not support an assault weapon ban because the definition of assault weapon is still hard to come by,” Manchin said. “So I am not going to comment on people’s legislation. I do not support that approach right now.”
Manchin is part of a quartet of legislators working to tighten background checks required to purchase a gun. The other members of the group are Sens. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.).
Of course, the fact that the definition of assault weapon is itself defined in the legislation (an example of circular reasoning) is a ridiculous reason for not supporting it. But of course, Joe is lying. The real reason that he isn’t supporting a new AWB is because it cannot pass. The real reason he should oppose it is because it is unconstitutional and immoral, though Joe isn’t too worried about trivialities like that.