Democratic West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin complained on MSNBC’s Morning Joe Thursday morning that he wasn’t able to pass the gun control he wanted because of constitutional protections against depriving citizens of their rights without due process of the law.
“The firewall we have right now is due process,” he complained. “It’s all due process. We can all say we want the same thing, but how do we get there?”
— Morning Joe (@Morning_Joe) June 16, 2016
Manchin noted that the FBI interviewed the Orlando shooter twice, but couldn’t keep him on any government lists due to a lack of evidence of wrongdoing. “They did everything they could, FBI did everything they were supposed to do, but there was no way to keep him on the nix list or keep him off the gun buy list. There was no way to do that.”
“So can’t we say if a person is under suspicion, there should be a five year period of time that we have to see if [there’s] good behavior, to see if this person continues the same traits?” he asked. “Maybe we can come to that kind of an agreement. But due process is what’s killing us now.”
Watch the exchange above, via MSNBC.
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