The nation’s gun culture has become an issue in presidential politics.
The issue is likely to become more prominent in the coming months as Republicans in Congress debate a package of gun legislation.
But while the issue has drawn a lot of attention, it is also not entirely new.
It’s also a topic that has been in the news a lot in recent years.
In the mid-2000s, the National Rifle Association came under fire for promoting the myth that guns were a form of magic, or a threat to the American way of life.
As a result, the NRA stopped sponsoring NRA-sponsored conferences and other events and began publishing its own magazine, NRA News, to address gun violence.
For the most part, though, the public seems to agree with the NRA on the issue.
President Barack Obama has said that his administration is taking “urgent steps to address the problem of gun violence in this country,” and his administration has been pushing for gun control legislation.
But gun violence is an issue that has also come up in politics before.
And gun control measures were already on the table for the 2012 presidential election, with Obama pledging to expand background checks and impose restrictions on gun sales after the Newtown, Conn., school shooting in December 2012.
This year, gun control has also been a topic of conversation on the campaign trail.
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.
Va., is one of the most prominent voices for gun rights in the Senate, and he’s a favorite of President Donald Trump.
Trump recently made headlines for tweeting about Manchin’s comments, and a Trump spokesperson released a statement criticizing the senator’s remarks.
“Senator Manchin said nothing that would change the fact that he supports common-sense gun laws that keep guns out of the hands of criminals and terrorists, and the NRA supports common sense gun laws,” the spokesperson said.
“His statement was taken out of context and was not intended to be a political attack.”
Manchin has said his comments were “a political attack” and that he hopes Trump can come to his senses.
Manchin is also one of several Republicans who have spoken out against the gun-control proposals that Trump is pushing.
During the 2016 campaign, Manchin voted against gun-related measures that would have made it easier for people with mental health issues to buy guns.
He’s also one Republican who is also running for president, with Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., also running.
Scott is also a supporter of background checks on all gun purchases, and his spokesperson released the following statement to The Hill in response to Manchin:”Tim Scott supports commonsense gun laws to protect the American people and keep our communities safe.
As we have done since the Newtown tragedy, Scott and his team of law enforcement and mental health experts are reviewing all possible legislative options to keep our nation safer.
We applaud Senator Manchin for his leadership on gun control, and we look forward to working with him on the next steps in the fight against gun violence.”
Sen. Marco Rubio, R‐Fla., also voted against the background check bill that was passed in the House.
Rubio has called for universal background checks, and when the legislation was introduced in the Florida legislature, he was one of four Republican senators who voted against it.
“In Florida, we have proven over and over again that we are the most effective gun-owners in the country, and that is why the American public overwhelmingly supports commonsensically implemented background checks to prevent anyone on the street from buying a firearm,” Rubio’s spokesperson said in a statement.
“These commonsense background checks will be fully enforced, and no firearms can be bought without them.”
Manchins own company, Manchurian Firearms, has been a leading proponent of the universal background check measure, and in 2016 he signed a letter to President Barack Obama and the Senate urging him to expand the measure to include gun manufacturers, who are also part of the gun industry.
A spokesman for Manchin declined to comment to The Associated Press about his endorsement of background check legislation, and Rubio’s spokesman also declined to answer questions about the senator.