A growing number of gun advocates are calling for sensible gun safety regulations in the aftermath of Friday’s tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) — a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association — spoke out in favor of regulating assault weapons during an appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Monday, calling such laws “common sense.”
“I want to call all our friends in the NRA, sit down and have this discussion,” he explained. “Bring them into it. They have to be at the table. We all have to”:
MANCHIN: I just came with my family from deer hunting. I’ve never had more than three shells in a clip. Sometimes you don’t get more than one shot anyway. It’s common sense. It’s time to move beyond rhetoric. We need to sit down and have a common sense discussion and move in a reasonable way.
Manchin’s comments followed Joe Scarbarough’s declaration of support for gun safety. The former Florida Congressman received the NRA’s highest ratings over his four terms in Congress, but on Monday he opened Morning Joe with a monologue in which he admitted that the tragedy “changed everything.” Scarbrough called for a comprehensive approach that addresses what he called “the toxic brew of a violent popular culture, a growing mental health cris, and the proliferation of combat-styled weapons”: