Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va) co-authored a bill earlier this year that would have required universal background checks on gun sales (a position the NRA advocated in the 1990s, but now opposes).
However, the bill failed to pass the Senate thanks to the fear-mongering of the NRA and other pro-gun groups.
According to TalkingPointsMemo.com, Sen. Manchin told CNN's "State of the Union" today that most Americans supported the bill, but their paranoia about government enforcement killed it (video below).
"The people who basically are law-abiding gun owners and understand gun culture, they weren't offended at saying if you go to a commercial transaction, that makes sense to go ahead and find out is that person who wants to buy your gun a criminal." said Sen. Manchin "We just don't trust government stopping and doing what we say we're going to do."
When asked by CNN host Candie Crowley if a gun control bill could pass in 2014, Sen. Manchin replied, " Right now, you know the makeup of the Senate. We have 55 Democrats. I think all 55 would consider that. I know we had a few that did not. But hopefully they'll maybe reconsider."
"I don't know their position," added Sen. Manchin. "I'm not going to force anybody and make anybody uncomfortable. They all know they have to live with themselves and go back home and explain it. So it's going to be difficult to get the extra votes that we need. I'll be honest with you."