It didn’t take long for U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., to fire back at critics blasting his stance on guns.
Dudley Brown, an executive with the National Association for Gun Rights, came to the State Capitol Wednesday to take aim at Manchin’s “gun control schemes.” In a petition the organization is circling, it says Manchin is working with President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder to enact a “full-scale national gun registry” and pass a “massive” gun control measure with the help of Sen. Diane Feinstein, D-Calif.
“While some other gun groups treat Senator Manchin with kid gloves (because perhaps they are (sic) embarassed by the “A” rating they foolishly gave him), NAGR is working to prove to Senator Manchin that West Virginians gun rights are more important than his grandstanding in the media,” the petition states.
It is referencing the “A” rating Manchin has received from the National Rifle Association.
“That’s a bunch of crap,” Manchin responded, in a video posted Wednesday afternoon to his official Twitter account. Here’s a link to the video, with the script typed up below.
“Hi, I’m Joe Manchin, and I’ve been hearing rumors and lies about my position on guns. I want to be very clear and tell you: I’m a proud gun owner. Nobody’s gonna take my guns, and I’m sure as hell not going to let them take your guns.
This is a bunch of crap and people talking about things they don’t know what they’re talking about.
The only bill that I have worked on and am working on is one that will keep guns out of the hands of criminals and people mentally deranged. And that’s a fact.”
Manchin is reportedly working on a bill involving background checks that may be introduced as soon as Thursday.
Since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Manchin has spoken at length about guns. While many took some early interviews to indicate Manchin supported stricter gun control laws, the senator stepped back recently and has repeatedly said he is a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment.