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Tough talk from Senator Manchin: Beto O’Rourke is not taking my guns away

Ah, we already knew that, Joe. Your office says that you don’t own an assault weapon

From producer/off-air reporter Frank Thorp at NBC News:

That didn’t keep rightwing media from making this a big deal. Here's the headline from . . .

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September 19, 2019

Congressman McKinley: the two biggest retailers in the state of West Virginia are responding to the gun crisis, when will you?

First Walmart, now Kroger reacts to gun violence

The headline from the Washington Post earlier today:

Following Walmart’s lead, Kroger asks customers not to openly carry firearms in stores

It begins:

Kroger followed Walmart in asking customers not to display their firearms in stores located in “open carry” states, becoming the latest big chain to . . .

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September 04, 2019

Will the real David McKinley please stand up?

The congressman says different things about red flag laws in different parts of his congressional district but no one at an Ogden call him out on it

Five days ago, the Wheeling News-Register’s front page featured this story about West Virginia’s 1st District congressman:

McKinley Backs ‘Red Flag’ Gun Regulations

McKinley, of course, was following President Trump’s lead and our local Republican paper was more than willing to publicize how one of its favorites . . .

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August 23, 2019

Senator Manchin revives background checks (with update)

President Trump on August 9: "On background checks, we have tremendous support for really common-sense, sensible, important background checks."

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After the deaths at Sandy Hook in 2013, West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin co-sponsored an amendment to expand background checks only to see his efforts fail as only 54 senators (out of the 60 needed) supported his amendment. Two days ago, on Face the Nation, he discussed working with Trump’s staff on passing similar background . . .

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August 20, 2019

Of red flags and straw men

Today’s Wheeling News-Register features our local congressman and the paper’s editor on gun control

Representative McKinley is doing the same thing on guns as he did on climate change

Earlier this year, I wrote an extended post on how our local representative, David McKinley, had apparently moved away from being a climate-change denier. I argued that McKinley had changed his position because, given the preponderant amount of . . .

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August 18, 2019

Hey, WTRF: When Congressman McKinley comes around for his free campaign promo segment, why don’t you surprise him and ask some real questions?

I’ve thought of a few gun-related questions if you can’t think of any

Whenever David McKinley (WV-1) is back in town, we can usually assume that local Wheeling TV station WTRF will give him a couple of challenge-free minutes to spout whatever he wants promoted. (See here and here for recent examples.) Today starts the second week of the House’s six-week recess and my hunch is that we are just days away from the . . .

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August 05, 2019

Yesterday, 33 Republicans joined Democrats to renew the Violence Against Women Act

Guess who was not among them

NBC News explains the vote:

The House on Thursday passed an extension of the Violence Against Women Act, which provides protections for survivors of domestic violence, and includes new gun-related provisions that are opposed by the NRA. . . .

The bill today, which would extend the law for five years, includes new provisions . . .

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April 05, 2019

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