Sen. Bernie Sanders did an interview with Chuck Todd on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” show where he became more than flustered by some of the questions Todd pressed him on.
Sanders has taken a more “constitutional” approach to second amendment issues when Democrats have pushed for votes on gun control policies. Now, after the Florida massacre which left 17 people dead, the Democrats have once again asked for more gun control.
Todd felt it necessary to highlight Sanders’ past voting record on the issue — back in 2013 Sanders said, “If you passed the strongest gun control legislation tomorrow, I don’t think it will have a profound effect on the tragedies we have seen,” — and that is when the Vermont Senator snapped.
When Todd was in the midst of questioning Sanders on the comment he interrupted the host to brag about his poor NRA grade. That didn’t sidetrack Todd though, and he asked: “Senator, you ended up voting for some of those reforms, gun control measures that you weren’t 100 percent sure would solve all the problems. Where are you today? Do you think now—”
“Hey, Chuck, Chuck, let’s be very clear!” Sanders said. “Hey, Chuck, let’s be very clear. I have a D-minus voting record from the NRA. I lost an election probably for Congress here in Vermont back in 1988, because I believed that we should not be selling or distributing assault weapons in this country. I am on record and have been for a very long time in saying we have got to significantly tighten up the background checks.”
Politico published an article headlined, “Bernie Sanders’ awkward history with guns in America,” back during the 2016 presidential campaign where they stated:
Arguably, the independent senator from Vermont has taken a pragmatic approach – his state prides itself on a deep hunting and gun culture and has traditionally fiercely defended its lax guns laws.
But while his campaign manager says he is “very moderate” on the issue, others call him “erratic.” To wit, he has voted against the Brady Bill, voted for an assault weapons ban, voted to allow firearms on Amtrak, and voted for universal background checks — upsetting gun-control and gun-rights advocates alike.
To be honest, we prefer the Sanders who believes no gun control would never have a profound effect “on the tragedies we have seen,” however, the more people hating on this self-proclaimed socialist, the better. He is the last person that should be in a place of power.