U.S. Sen. Manchin Suggests Expanding Right To Carry Will Embolden Criminals

posted on August 13, 2016

This week’s “Huh?” award for the most incoherent sound bite goes to U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., who suggested on Monday that criminals obey gun laws and that allowing lawful citizens to carry concealed firearms without a license—as Alaska, Arizona, Kansas, Maine, Vermont, West Virginia and Wyoming currently do—will somehow lead to criminals ambushing police. 

Speaking at a town hall meeting for Orbital ATK employees in Rocket Center, W.V., Manchin showed he’s definitely not a rocket scientist when he said of West Virginia’s new constitutional carry law: “Before, we always knew who we were chasing—the bad guy—but we knew most of the people didn’t have a gun concealed, and if they did, they were responsible. We don’t know that anymore.” Again: Huh? 

As Breitbart pointed out, criminals ignore all laws. In reality, laws restoring the right of lawful people to fight back don’t embolden criminals—they put criminals on the run.

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