done on C-SPAN, where the House "gets a little rowdy." The pair threw it back to
the president, who then threw it to the house band for the opening of the Vince
Vaughn hosted show.
When asked if he ever thought even a character of himself would appear on the show, Manchin laughed.
"That's a long way from Farmington, West Virginia," he said.
He said he loved the state and it's people and wanted to make sure everything he did represented them in the best light. The senator didn't think the sketch was "all bad," and didn't take it personally.
He said the show using the skit as its opener showed the importance of the matter.
Manchin hoped the attention would spur people to read the bill.
The two senators actually appeared Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation." Manchin also appeared on "Weekends with Alex Witt" on MSNBC to talk about what he calls "gun sense."
Witt informed him that the bill had picked up its first Republican supporter in Maine, Sen. Susan Collins. Manchin, who appeared on the show from Washington, said he believed that if more of his Senate colleagues read the 49-page bill that they would support it.
Another victory came when the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms announced Sunday it supported the bill. The group is the second largest gun rights advocate behind the National Rifle Association, which already has denounced the bill.
He said he thought the more people knew the more they would support it.
"If you are a law abiding gun owner in America and you read this bill, you're going to like the things in this bill that treat you like a law-abiding gun owner," Manchin said on Witt's show.
"And if you're a criminal or you've been mentally adjudicated and you try to buy a gun at a gun show or online you're not going to like the bill because that'll prevent you from getting the gun."
He said he met with the parents of those killed in the Newtown, Conn. school massacre and that they told him the bill would not have prevented their children's deaths. The senators said the families told him that if they could help one other family and prevent them from going through what they did that "it would be something."
Manchin said the families had not asked to take anyone's guns away and that the bill would not do so. The families hadn't asked for a requirement to register guns, and the bill made it illegal to do any type of registration, he said.
"All they've asked for is that if you can prevent a criminal or someone who's mentally deranged from going to a gun show or online not to get it, maybe you can spare another family," Manchin said of the families.
He said the people of America have become cynical and didn't trust lawmakers to find a balance. This bill, he said, finds balance and doesn't infringe on individuals. Their goal is to close loopholes and keep firearms out of the hands of criminals and those who are mentally ill.
"I come from the beautiful state of West Virginia and we have a gun culture," Manchin said on the show. "We were raised with guns. (The bill) does not infringe on anyone's ability to give it to their child, or a grandparent giving it to their grandson, or family members, or anybody in an individual transfer.
He pointed out that the bill would make background checks mandatory for those buying guns at commercial gun shows or online and hopefully prevent criminals and the mentally ill who have been adjudicated in court from buying a firearm.
"It's a good piece of legislation and I feel good about it," Manchin said over the phone.
The Senate will begin discussing the bill this week, he said.
The bill can be viewed on Manchin's website.
(c)2013 the Charleston Daily Mail (Charleston, W.Va.)
Distributed by MCT Information Services
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