Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) on Thursday called for new control measures to prevent potential terrorist suspects from buying guns. The big problem right now, according to the Democrat, is “due process.”
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Manchin said the FBI did “everything they were supposed to do” in its two investigations into Orlando gunman Omar Mateen. Neither investigation returned actionable evidence and Mateen went on to kill 49 people and injure over 50 others at a gay nightclub in the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil since 9/11.
“There was no way to keep him on the nix list or keep him off the gun-buy list,” Manchin said. “So can’t we say that if a person is under suspicion, there should be a five-year period of time that we have to see good behavior…maybe we can come to that type of agreement.”
He then added, “Due process is killing us right now.”
The reactions to the comment were overwhelmingly negative: