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Gun Control Senator: “You Can’t Stop Government”

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On May 17, 2013 @ 7:41 pm In The Point | 18 Comments

That’s an ironic assertion in this context, but we are talking about a man who ran for office wielding a rifle, only to pivot into gun control, so if Senator Manchin knows what he’s saying, it’s not obvious.

Sen. Joe Manchin III, West Virginia Democrat, has remained hopeful that he can re-introduce legislation to expand gun-purchase background checks after one he crafted with Sen. Pat Toomey, Pennsylvania Republican, failed in the Senate a month ago.

But the ongoing scandal surrounding the IRS certainly doesn’t help, he said on a West Virginia radio program Friday.

“People are saying, ‘Joe, we read your legislation, it makes all the sense in the world and we’re for that legislation – we’re just afraid government won’t stop there.’”

“The difference is this,” Mr. Manchin continued. “Let’s say the EPA, which we’re fighting every minute of every day, because we believe that they’re overreaching, they’re creating rules and regulations. They’re interpreting and they’re doing things on their own because they are a federal agency. The Second Amendment is [in] the Constitution – it can only be changed by the legislative branch of government.”

“Sure, it doesn’t help us – heck no,” Mr. Manchin replied. “But the bottom line is, Hop, you cant stop government; you can’t stop this great country, you can’t stop the entrepreneurial spirit.”

One of these three things doesn’t fit. But don’t tell Senator Manchin that. You can either stop government or this country and its entrepreneurial spirit. It’s one or the other.

But you can see why a man who believes you can’t stop government would champion gun control.


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