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.
Dennis P. O’Neil