West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin appeared on both MSNBC’s Morning Joe and Andrea Mitchell Reports to discuss gun control in the wake of the Newtown tragedy.
“Everything should be on the table,” Manchin said on Morning Joe. “I want to call all our friends in the NRA, sit down and have this discussion. Bring them into it. They have to be at the table. We all have to.” During his interview with Andrea Mitchell, he said, “I don’t know of anybody that needs those types of multiple clips [from assault rifles],” and said of the Newtown massacre, “it’s changed me.”
The NRA endorsed Manchin in his race for reelection last month. “I’m a proud lifetime member of the NRA, and I am honored to receive their support,” Manchin said in a press release following the endorsement. “I always have and always will stand up for our Second Amendment rights as Americans, and I am determined to continue to fight for those rights in the Senate.”
Along with receiving an “A” rating from the NRA, Manchin’s most notable association with the organization is a campaign ad from the 2010 special election featuring his NRA endorsement while he – literally – shot a bullet through the EPA’s cap-and-trade-bill.