In the wake of the shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, President Barack Obama said Saturday that it’s time to “go back at it” in the push for more gun-control measures.
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., co-author of the background check bill that failed in the Senate in April, told CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday that he would not revive his efforts on gun control without the support of other lawmakers.
“Are you gonna try to put some new emphasis on that?” CBS host Bob Schieffer asked Manchin.
"Not unless there’s a movement," he responded. "I’m not gonna go out there and just beat the drum for the sake of beating the drum. There has to be people willing to move off the position they've taken. They’ve gotta come to that conclusion themself, and I’m still talking to everybody and I welcome everyone’s input if they think that we can make some adjustments and make them comfortable."
Twelve people died Monday during a shooting rampage at the Navy Yard. Many suspect the shooter, Aaron Alexis, was suffering from severe mental illness.
Obama told the audience at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation awards dinner that the fight is not over.
"We fought a good fight earlier this year, but we came up short, and that means we've got to get back up and go back at it," Obama said. "As long as there are those who fight to make it as easy as possible for dangerous people to get their hands on guns, then we've got to work as hard as possible for the sake of our children ... to do more work to make it harder.”
A gang shooting in Chicago, Obama’s hometown, on Thursday left 13 people wounded including a 3-year-old child.