Manchin Wishes Bloomberg Would Help Educate Gun Owners

Posted on: June 12th, 2013 by ABC News No Comments

Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call(WASHINGTON) — Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, the Democratic architect of the failed gun legislation, said Wednesday he wishes New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and others would educate gun owners and voters about background check legislation to help correct misimpressions that he believes were planted by the gun lobby, rather than criticizing Democratic senators for opposing the bill.

“I need help in getting that message out,” Manchin said, surrounded in his office by Newtown families.

“There’s going to be an election in 2014. That’s the time, when we’ve exhausted every other avenue, of getting the message out. Then do what you’ve got to do,” Manchin said. “Now, we just need a little bit of help. We need a little bit of help.”

Several Newtown family members stopped by Manchin’s office Wednesday during their lobbying trip to the Capitol. Nearly six months after the shooting, they all pledged to keep fighting for the gun legislation.

“We’re not going away,” said Nicole Hockley, whose son, Dylan, was killed in the shooting, echoing the sentiment of other family members in the room.

Manchin said the legislation remains on the “front burner,” but conceded the pathway forward in the Senate was challenging. He said the bill would likely be brought up for another vote later this year.

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