Sen. Joe Manchin (D., W. Va.) attempted to bridge the two sides of the gun control debate Monday morning in a CNBC interview. Manchin, an NRA member and supporter of the second amendment, stated that he believes no one group or organization should be “villainized” over gun control and both sides of the debate should be at the table as Congress considers reform:
JOE MANCHIN: We’re not talking about infringing on the second amendment rights at all. What we’re talking about is having not only dialogue, but movement towards the types of weapons that you’re seeing being used. And it has changed me. It’s changed me, that when we saw young innocent children slaughtered, if you will, just unbelievable, incomprehensible. And I think we shouldn’t be “villainizing” any group organization or — we should be bringing people together, how do we move forward as a civilized society.