Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia said he would not vote to ban military-style assault weapons, such as the AR-15 that has been used in multiple mass shootings, because none of his gun-owning friends had committed crimes with the military-style weapons.
Manchon explained his bizarre logic to MSNBC “Morning Joe” co-host Willie Geist:
But the AR-15 is a different thing. I don’t own an AR-15, nor do I have a need to buy one. I have a lot of friends that do own them. And they, basically, are not committing crimes. They bought them because they could.
Geist asked Manchin if his friends should be allowed to keep buying the AR-15:
They are sold now legally. I’m not going to weigh in on that on this point and time. I don’t have a desire to buy one. I don’t own one.
After Manchin avoided the question, Geist asked him again if it should be legal for people to buy the gun, but Manchin evaded for a second time:
Let’s put it this way. I have a lot of friends that have sport cars. Okay? I’ve seen 200 MPH on the speedometer. Do you think they are going to go 200?
But they think they can or it will if they want it to. I don’t know on this one. That is a difficult because there’s not enough votes to pass that.
Geist asked Manchin a third time, and Manchin flip-flopped and claimed his friends do not own AR-15’s and added that they have not committed crimes with the assault weapon:
Right now, I would say that I don’t have any friends that own the gun right now, I don’t know anyone that’s committed a crime with it. So, I wouldn’t take their gun away.
(Source: MSNBC via YouTube)