Sen. Manchin visits Wood County

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WOOD COUNTY, W.Va.-(WTAP) U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin took some gun practice at virtual targets Thursday afternoon, as he visited Henderson Wilds.

That visit, and another to Jackson Middle School in Vienna, included a lot of discussion about gun laws and protecting students from school shootings.

"We have people saying, 'well. we should arm the teachers', Manchin said in Vienna Thursday afternoon. "I haven't found the first teacher who wants to carry a gun to school."

The Senator recognized Vienna Police Patrolman and School Resource Officer Adam Jones. Jones helped keep order and notified school officials of an active shooter threat against the school on June 7, the last day of classes for the year. The notification led to a lockdown of Jackson Middle School, and the person making the threat was later located and arrested by Belpre Police in Ohio.

Manchin says resource officers are a more effective deterrent to school shootings than other proposed ideas, including arming teachers.

In early 2013, Manchin and Pennsylvania Republican Senator Pat Toomey unsuccessfully proposed legislation after the Sandy Hook shootings, requiring background checks at gun shows and other sales.
He still believes that's common sense legislation.

"You shouldn't be able to go to a gun show; you shouldn't just be able to go on the internet, and buy whatever you want from whomever you want, without knowing for what reason they want it. That's what the background checks are for, and the law-abiding gun owners aren't intimidated by that and think it's the right thing to do."

There was little mention at Thursday's events of the upcoming election, or Manchin's U.S. Senate opponent, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey. Morrisey's website notes he has an A+ rating from the National Rifle Association.

Manchin Thursday also took part in a celebration of the opening of the Yellow Jacket restaurant in Williamstown.