Senator Manchin issued the following statement after the President of the United States called him.
"The President called me this afternoon. We agree that as Americans and parents, all of our children belong to all of us -- and we must work together to keep our precious children safe.
"I believe that we must have a dialogue and bring parties from all sides to the table. I know my friends at the NRA and those who support our Second Amendment rights will participate because I know that their hearts are aching for the families in Newtown, just like all Americans.
"To have a productive dialogue, we also need to address a number of critical issues, including our mental health system, safety in our schools and a media and entertainment culture that glorifies unspeakable violence.
"What I have learned since coming to Washington is that there are some who will vilify you for being open to a conversation with anyone you might not agree with. That's wrong -- as Americans, we all need to sit down and have a serious, adult conversation about the best actions to move forward. The deaths of these children demand that each and every one of us in Washington and the United States be willing to talk with each other."