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A 2010 political ad shows Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., literally taking aim at the controversial cap-and-trade bill.

Now, following a school shooting in Newtown, Conn., where 28 students and adults were killed, Manchin said he doesn't regret that now-iconic ad.

"Let me just say what we did at that time and the way we used it was in the most responsible manner," he said in a Dec. 17 press call. "I didn't do it to do anything but show you can use guns in a responsible manner. I'm a proud gun owner and I used it in a responsible manner. I didn't do it to glorify anything."

Manchin is a lifelong hunter and member of the National Rifle Association, and he took to the airwaves Dec. 17 to talk with national and local media about the need for a serious conversation about gun control. The ad, which first aired during the 2010 special election, brought national media attention to the race between Manchin and Morgantown businessman John Raese.

The ad shows Manchin in a brown jacket loading a .270 deer rifle, then taking aim and shooting a copy of the cap-and-trade bill, which was affixed to a target. Manchin said he sees nothing wrong with the ad and it's something most West Virginians can relate to.

"If you look at the rifle I was using, I had one shell, it was a deer rifle, a .270," he said. "It's something most West Virginians have. I used it in the most responsible manner."

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