Sanders: Ban All Self-Defense Firearms

Sen. Bernie Sanders essentially called for banning all guns used for self-defense.  Sanders, the only (admitted) socialist running for president in the Democrat Party primary, appeared on Sunday’s episode of NBC’s Meet the Press to drop that bomb.  The junior Senator from Vermont told Chuck Todd that guns designed primarily to kill people, rather than to hunt animals, should be banned nationwide.

Nobody should have a gun who has a criminal background, who’s involved in domestic abuse situations. People should not have guns who are going to hurt other people, who are unstable. And second of all I believe that we need to make sure that certain types of guns used to kill people, exclusively, not for hunting, they should not be sold in the United States of America, and we have a huge loophole now with gun shows that should be eliminated.

Although Sanders did not give any specifics, the broad scope of his desired ban would include every handgun and most long guns.  His bizarre standard would outlaw every type of firearm, except those which are impractical for any use other than hunting.  Say adieu to your semi-automatic pistols and six-shot revolvers.  You might as well kiss that flintlock pistol good-bye as well.  Not one of those was designed for hunting.  They all were born of the need for a compact, easily portable, weapon of self-defense.  As for long guns, just about anything with a rifled barrel other than a .22 caliber single-shot could fall prey to his ban, along with most shotguns.

This was quite the turn-around from his previous pro-gun positions.  Sanders was elected to the House to represent ardently pro-Second Amendment Vermont in the 1990 election cycle, by defeating former Rep. Peter Smith, R-VT.  Sanders victory was due in no small part to NRA opposition of Smith over his support of the Semiautomatic Assault Weapons Act of 1989.  That is correct, the NRA helped put socialist Sanders in office to begin with.  Something they would probably prefer people not remember.

However, the avowed leftist’s mixed Second Amendment record, including multiple votes against gun control measures, caused considerable angst among Liberals.  His sudden hard turn, to full on gun-grabber, is an obvious election ploy to appease those OccupyEverywhere hipsters — a trail of dots that even a trio of visually impaired rodents could connect, as exhibited by Bloomberg Politics:

Though he’s mostly a dream candidate for progressive advocates, Bernie Sanders has an Achilles heel in the Democratic primary: his past opposition to gun control measures and support for several pro-gun bills backed by the National Rifle Association.

The Vermont senator and Democratic presidential candidate, revered by progressives on most issues, sought to get right with anti-gun-violence advocates Sunday during an interview on NBC’s Meet The Press, days after the latest of many mass shootings in the United States, this time by a gunman at two military centers in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

He sounded nothing like the senator who voted against the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act in 1993 that imposed background checks and five-day waiting periods for firearm purchases, or the senator who voted to allow guns on Amtrak and to shield gun makers and sellers from liability if their guns are used criminally.

Of course Sanders was not about to bite the hand that feeds him either.  For his gun loving constituents in Vermont, he held up a carve out that would exempt them, defending their hunting tradition, while still disarming people who have the misfortune of urban living.

Coming from a rural state, I think I can communicate with folks coming from urban states where guns mean different things than they do in Vermont where it’s used for hunting.

Just in case there might be any confusion about his anti-gun stance, where someone mistakenly believes he had ‘misspoken’ during the interview, Sanders doubled down on his Twitter account.

Bernie tweetDo you “Feel the Bern” yet?

Dennis P. O’Neil

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11 Responses to Sanders: Ban All Self-Defense Firearms

  1. Hardnox says:

    Wow, what an idiot! At the same time we can all be sure he has a full compliment of armed security around him 24/7. Typical lefty hypocrite.

  2. Buck says:

    Bernie Sanders from Vermont.
    A far cry from
    Ethan Allen from Vermont

  3. Kathy says:

    Would a President Sanders do this before or after he got rid of that pesky Second Amendment that stands in his way?

    • Saltwater says:

      That is the beauty of his proposal (at least from the gun-grabber perspective), with no guns available, save for the few meeting his ridiculous “hunting only” criterion, there will be no need for the Second Amendment. They would happily let it wither away from disuse.
      A right not exercised is not a right at all.

  4. propblast says:

    Mr Sanders is a commie…… They only love guns in their own hands, or those in the hands of their bodyguards.
    So, ok braindead, start by removing the Secret Service weapons around yourself, and hire some “mall cops”. Or maybe better yet, put them at your residence. Never happen!

    As for the NRA, if any of you do not recall, the NRA made contributions to Harry Reid, (Dem. NV) Plus they supported his reelection campaigns. Wayne LaP. glad handed Harry, then tells the base, (members) ol` “Harry helped get a shooting range in Nevada. He is a friend, we support our friends” From that first disclosure, I stopped supporting any “give us money” requests.

    Just having re-read the 2nd Amendment, I once again have missed the part about hunting, or only having to use flintlock weapons.

    Buck makes an excellent point about Ethan Allen.

    • Uriel says:

      Good points propblast. Nothing bugs me so much as all these constant emails (thank goodness not snail mails) hyping views and demanding money from people who’s on ideas are suspect.

  5. Uriel says:

    No surprise here. Guns in hands of civilians means higher expenditure of effort (cutting into the profits of the elite at the top). After all where will they get their funds for their private use of all civilian slaves are in rebellion and capable of fighting back?

  6. CW says:

    Wonder if the fools at the NRA have finally learned their lesson or if they will continue to delude themselves that leftists can be trusted to stand for the Second Amendment?

    • Saltwater says:

      Unfortunately, I fear the NRA will continue to run with blinders on.
      They are so completely focused on “gun rights,” they fail to see the assaults on all our other God given rights.
      A U.S. with free access to weapons for all, but devoid of any other basic rights, could quickly become another Somalia — on steroids.

  7. tannngl says:

    Bernie is a ‘feel good about getting rid of guns’ fool.
    Once the deed is done, if he was in power as prez, he would begin to prosecute his detractors.

    It’s human nature to be liberal and then to get sucked down the toilet into martyring people.

  8. vonmesser says:

    He is an idiot. He is a Moron. He is a Democrat. He is a Socialist. He is the only one on the left with the gonads to tell the truth about what he wants to do.