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Rachel Maddow Torches Joe Manchin on Gun Control, but His NRA Rating Is Relatively Low

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MSNBC personality Rachel Maddow harshly criticized Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) on Tuesday, accusing him of supporting policies favored by the National Rifle Association (NRA).

Maddow described Manchin, who is considered a conservative Democrat, as a barrier to gun control legislation in the Senate. The debate about gun reform has taken on renewed urgency in the wake of two recent mass shootings.

Though Manchin opposes a ban on assault weapons, he received a low rating from the NRA when he last sought reelection in 2018. He has also co-sponsored a bill that would expand background checks for firearms purchases.

Maddow criticized Manchin for not supporting two gun control bills that have already been passed by the House of Representatives.

Those bills would expand background checks for firearms purchases but are unlikely to pass in the Senate without revisions.

“Even now, with the NRA almost dissolved in disgrace and in bankruptcy, instead of doing what he says he wants to do, he will do what the NRA wants instead. Not even the NRA’s members want that but Joe Manchin does,” Maddow said.

The graphic below, provided by Statista, shows the number of mass shootings in the U.S. since 2013.

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) questions President Joe Biden’s nominee for Secretary of Defense Retired Army Gen. Lloyd Austin answers questions during his confirmation before the Senate Armed Services Committee at the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill on January 19, 2021 in Washington, DC. Manchin has previously supported an expansion of background checks for gun purchases.
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