He put his name on the proposal, though, and now he's stuck playing defense.
"You think I didn't know that when I looked at the background-check bill that it wasn't going to be as hot as anything can possibly (be) in my state?" Manchin told the room. "You think politically that was a smart move for me? Not at all. It was a stupid move, politically."
He even has the audacity to claim he supports gun rights:
"There's enough people in the pro-life movement that know I'm pro-life. There's enough people in the gun movement that know I will protect your Second Amendment rights," he said in an interview in his Senate office. "But also they have to know that Joe won't just roll and kowtow."
Gun owners are not likely to be in a forgiving mood. Nor are they likely to be fooled by this sort of language, especially when he also says:
For his part, Manchin seems undeterred. He said he's going to defend his position and continue looking for a way to expand gun-sale background checks.
In other words, he has not learned his lesson and he will continue pushing for gun control.
Today, the misguided Manchin-Toomey-Schumer proposal failed in the U.S. Senate. This amendment would have criminalized certain private transfers of firearms between honest citizens, requiring lifelong friends, neighbors and some family members to get federal government permission to exercise a fundamental right or face prosecution. As we have noted previously, expanding background checks, at gun shows or elsewhere, will not reduce violent crime or keep our kids safe in their schools.
You made your bed, Senator Manchin. Now you have to lie in it, comfortable or not -- at least until 2018.
This entry was published Mon Aug 19 13:25:32 CDT 2013 by TriggerFinger
and last updated 2014-01-22 10:12:18.0.