Speaker Stumbo says he agrees with Sen. Manchin on need for national debate on guns, video games

12/28/2012 03:18 PM

Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo, a self-described ardent NRA supporter, said he agrees with West Virginia U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin that the United States must have an “adult discussion” about ways to curb gun violence.

During a wide-ranging news conference Friday, Stumbo answered a question about school safety measures and gun control in the wake of the Dec. 14 elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn., in which a gunman killed 26 students, teachers and staff.

Stumbo said the debate needs to happen on a national scale — similar to what Gov. Steve Beshear has said.

He said paying for armed guards at every school is probably not the answer.

As a Democrat from Prestonsburg — which is not far from the West Virginia line — Stumbo’s nod to Manchin is further evidence that conservative Democrats from rural areas are increasingly open to gun control measures. Manchin “told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Dec. 17”:http://www.politico.com/story/2012/12/gun-control-nra-joe-manchin-time-to-act-85162.html that he wanted to see the NRA join the debate over responsible gun measures, although Manchin — like Stumbo — declined to cite specific limitations on automatic weapons or clip size that he would support.

Stumbo, the former Kentucky attorney general who has served as Speaker since 2009, also said he blames video games for helping to train mass killers who otherwise wouldn’t be capable of killing so many people so quickly.

But he said there’s little the Kentucky General Assembly would likely be able to do to limit or tighten regulations on who can purchase video games. That, he said, is something Congress must decide.

About Ryan Alessi

Ryan Alessi joined cn|2 in May 2010 as senior managing editor and host of Pure Politics. He is now pursuing an advanced degree in non-fiction writing from Murray State University and is a regular contributor to Pure Politics. Ryan has covered politics for more than 14 years, including seven years as a reporter for the Lexington Herald-Leader. Ryan can be reached at purepolitics@twcable.com or @mycn2 on Twitter.

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