CHARLESTON, W. Va. (WSAZ) – More than 100 gun advocates braved the cold Saturday to demonstrate against the recent remarks of U.S. Senator Joe Manchin.
The protest was organized by the West Virginia Citizens Defense League following Manchin’s statement expressing the need to discuss gun control and issues surrounding it.
Protesters held signs referencing the Senator’s advocacy of no more than a three shot magazine for firearms. One sign with the cartoon character Elmer Fudd conveyed the Second Amendment is not about hunting.
Most of those standing along Charleston’s Quarrier Street outside of Manchin’s office fear the next step Congress and the Obama Administration will take could start a rapid erosion of gun ownership rights.
Senator Manchin is a member of the NRA but wants to see changes in gun laws.
In response to the rally, Senator Manchin released this statement:
"I ask the members of the Citizens Defense League and others with strong views to be open to this discussion. My hope is that in West Virginia, we don't go down the Washington path, where guilt by association becomes guilt by conversation. These issues are too important to ignore.”
But, the protestors aren’t buying it.
"He stated that he wanted to have a conversation but he stated it in the context of I only need three rounds in my gun -- ridiculous. Yeah, he wants to have a conversation about banning guns is what he wants to have," said Morgan.
And they say they’re going to keep on fighting.
"This is not about nothing but our 2nd Amendment, you know, our Forefathers gave us this right -- it's our right and we're going to keep it," said Nelson.