Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.VA), a pro-gun lawmaker, already made news this week in his public push for a broad discussion on new gun control legislation. On Wednesday he continued to speak out, in an interview with ABC:
Manchin says he will defend the Second Amendment and that he is a proud NRA member. But adds that he also has a responsibility to speak up.
"We're talking about military assault rifles," says Manchin. "This is a conversation worth having. I don't know if we could have saved one child, if we could have, it'd have been worth it."
"If we can't keep our children safe," adds the senator, "and I'm afraid to have a dialogue because I'm afraid someone might vote against me, I don't have a right to be here."