2016 Democratic presidential underdog Bernie Sanders sat down with CNN’s Chuck Todd for an interview on “Meet The Press” Sunday morning.
Todd asked Sanders about his opinion on the mass shooting at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub during the early morning hours on Sunday, and the Senator from Vermont took the opportunity to very specifically call for an end to automatic weapon sales in the United States.
‘It’s horrific. It’s unthinkable, and just hopes go out to those who were shot that they can recover, and I’ve got to tell you for twenty-five years now, I’ve believed that we should not be selling automatic weapons which are designed to kill people, and we’ve got to do everything we can on top of that to make sure that guns do not fall into the hands of people who should not have them. Criminals and people who are mentally ill, so that struggle continues.’
Todd proceeded to ask Sanders whether or not the U.S. would ever be able to have a conversation about terrorism and gun control without politicization, to which Sanders responded:
‘I do, Chuck. Because I think that there is a very broad consensus in this country, not a hundred percent of the people, overwhelming majority of gun owners and non-gun owners understand that we have got to do everything we can to prevent guns from falling into the hands of people who should not have them. That means expanding the instant background check. It means doing away with the gun show loophole. It means addressing the strawman provision.’
While Republicans are focusing most of their energy on preventing transgender people from using the bathroom of their choice, they were the first people to jump up to protest that their Second Amendment Rights were being infringed upon when President Obama issued a set of executive orders requiring background checks on gun purchases. For people so seemingly concerned about the safety of women and children in public washrooms, it proves mainly to be a concern of convenience. If Republicans were so concerned about safety, you’d think they’d understand the sheer necessity of background checks on firearm purchases. No one is trying to infringe upon your rights; President Obama is simply trying to limit the ever-increasing number of mass shootings and gun-related deaths that occur every year.
So no, this isn’t strictly political. It’s much bigger than that — it’s a matter of life and death. Which side are you on?
Watch Sanders’ interview with CNN below, via YouTube:
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