Written by Andrew Forgotch
Last updated on January 03, 2013 @ 7:38PM
Created on January 03, 2013 @ 6:52PM
Since 20 kids were killed during a mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school, the biggest question has been how do you prevent a tragedy like that from happening again?
Many have suggested that stricter guns laws are the way to go.
At the time it happened it appeared US Senator Joe Manchin was one of the ones hinting at that.
5 News spoke with Senator Manchin on Thursday and he said that he plans to introduce a bill that would form a commission that would look at the problems surrounding mass violence.
Right after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary a lot of folks were surprised when Manchin hinted around the thought of enacting stricter gun laws. That's because has always been known as a Senator who would protect the rights of gun owners.
Since that time Manchin has clarified his stance a little bit.
In an interview with 5 News he said that we have a culture of glorifying mass violence. He said that it's evident in the video games we play and the movies we watch.
Manchin also mentioned that he wants to bring everyone to the table to figure out a solution. In his opinion putting all the blame on one aspect won't solve the problem.
"We have to look at how do we make our culture less violent," Manchin said. "How do we make people safer, especially our children? It's not just blaming one thing. If you're just going to blame just the guns or the video games you're wrong."
He also said we're not doing enough to tackle the mental health issue.
If suspect that someone you know might be capable of mass violence it's a good idea to have a friendly conversation with them to see what's going on.
If you feel like the situation is getting out of control call a mental health facility. You can reach one by clicking here.
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Jan 03, 2013 at 8:51 PM
Go ahead Senator and by the way....use your own money okay? Taxpayers can't give anymore. What the heck is wrong with politicians? They can't 'see' think or do anything without forming a committee or a task force? Ask the people and they'll tell you what the problem with the violence is if you up there in DC can't comprehend it. Politicians live in a DC bubble obviously.